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 Latest Vikings Player Notes
Sep 18 2017 - CJ Ham
  FB C.J. Ham, a Duluth, Minn., native, scored a touchdown on the first NFL carry of his career. An undrafted rookie a year ago, Ham scored on a 1-yard touchdown run one play after a replay overturned what was originally ruled a 26-yard touchdown run by Dalvin Cook.


Sep 18 2017 - Laquon Treadwell
  WR Laquon Treadwell was targeted a career-high six times. Last year's first-round draft pick still shows a lack of speed that hinders his ability to separate. He had three catches for 33 yards, including a long of 15.


Sep 18 2017 - Anthony Barr
  LB Anthony Barr, who was questionable with a hamstring injury going into the game, played well for the most part. He struggled in a few coverages, but finished second on the team in tackles with nine. He had a tackle for loss.


Sep 18 2017 - Everson Griffen
  DE Everson Griffen had two more sacks, giving him three in two games. He has sacked two of the harder quarterbacks to get down in Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger.


Sep 18 2017 - Xavier Rhodes
  CB Xavier Rhodes shadowed receiver Antonio Brown for most of the game Sunday. With Rhodes on him, Brown caught only three passes for 28 yards, but also drew a 22-yard pass interference penalty. Against the few zone looks the Vikings showed, Brown had two more catches for 34 yards, including a 26-yarder against a busted coverage on a shallow crossing route.


Sep 18 2017 - Everson Griffen
  DE Everson Griffen had both of the Vikings' sacks Sunday.


Sep 18 2017 - CJ Ham
  RB C.J. Ham scored a 1-yard touchdown on his first career carry Sunday.


Sep 18 2017 - Case Keenum
  QB Case Keenum got the call over Sam Bradford, who developed swelling in his knee during the week and was ruled out after a brief pregame workout. The Steelers recorded only two sacks, but consistently pressured Keenum, the fifth-year veteran who completed 20 of 37 passes for 167 yards without an interception. "Somebody told me this morning, but I wasn't really thinking about it," said Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier. "I was in here getting taped and they said 'Hey, Bradford's not playing.' I said, 'All right, cool, I understand.' Case Keenum has started before in the league and is a good quarterback." The start by Keenum was the 25th of his five-year career, but first with the Vikings.


Sep 16 2017 - Kyle Sloter
  With Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford questionable for Sunday's game with a knee injury, the Vikings promoted quarterback Kyle Sloter from the practice squad, the team announced Saturday. Case Keenum, who has started 24 NFL games, would be the Vikings starting quarterback against the Pittsburgh Steelers if Bradford cannot play. The Vikings agreed to pay Sloter $20,000 per week to get him on the practice squad after the Denver Broncos released him. He will be paid at least $27,000 as a member of the 53-player roster. Sloter threw for 413 yards and three touchdowns for Denver in the preseason.


Sep 15 2017 - Xavier Rhodes
  CB Xavier Rhodes was added to the injury report on Thursday. He was limited with a hip injury and was also limited Friday. Rhodes is expected to shadow receiver Antonio Brown during most of Sunday's game if he plays. He is listed as questionable.


Sep 15 2017 - Sam Bradford
  QB Sam Bradford was limited again in Friday's practice because of a knee injury. Bradford wasn't limping or in any kind of brace when he met with reporters on Wednesday. But for him to be limited in back-to-back practices with his history of knee injuries, it's something to keep an eye on. If he can't play, Case Keenum would get the start. Bradford is listed as questionable.


Sep 15 2017 - Anthony Barr
  OLB Anthony Barr, a key three-down weapon in head coach Mike Zimmer's weekly schemes, was limited in practice on Friday because of a hamstring injury after missing the previous two days. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he "didn't know" if Barr is making progress toward being able to play in Pittsburgh on Sunday. He is listed as questionable.


Sep 15 2017 - Xavier Rhodes
  CB Xavier Rhodes (hip) is questionable for Sunday.


Sep 15 2017 - Anthony Barr
  LB Anthony Barr (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday.


Sep 15 2017 - Sam Bradford
  QB Sam Bradford is questionable for Sunday Bradford after reportedly experiencing pain and swelling in his left knee after Monday's victory over the New Orleans Saints. He underwent an MRI exam the following day. The knee is the same one in which Bradford has undergone ACL surgery on two occasions -- in 2013 and 2014.


Sep 14 2017 - Xavier Rhodes
  CB Xavier Rhodes was added to the injury report on Thursday. He was limited with a hip injury. Rhodes is expected to shadow receiver Antonio Brown during most of Sunday's game.


Sep 14 2017 - Terence Newman
  CB Terence Newman was added to the injury report on Thursday. He was limited with a knee injury. Newman is being counted on to play the bulk of the nickel slot reps on Sunday.


Sep 14 2017 - Sam Bradford
  QB Sam Bradford was limited again in Thursday's practice because of a knee injury. Bradford wasn't limping or in any kind of brace when he met with reporters on Wednesday. But for him to be limited in back-to-back practices with his history of knee injuries, it's something to keep an eye on. If he can't play, Case Keenum would get the start.


Sep 14 2017 - Emmanuel Lamur
  OLB Emmanuel Lamur would be in line to start if Anthony Barr is unable to play. But Lamur also is limited because of a hamstring injury. He has at least been able to see some action in practice this week.


Sep 14 2017 - Anthony Barr
  OLB Anthony Barr, a key three-down weapon in head coach Mike Zimmer's weekly schemes, missed practice again on Thursday because of a hamstring injury. Zimmer said he "didn't know" if Barr is making progress toward being able to play in Pittsburgh on Sunday.


Sep 13 2017 - Dalvin Cook
  RB Dalvin Cook ran for 127 yards on Monday. The only player to rush for more in his Vikings' debut was Herschel Walker, who had 148 versus the Packers in 1989.


Sep 13 2017 - Kyle Rudolph
  TE Kyle Rudolph extended his franchise career record for touchdowns by a tight end. He caught No. 30 on Monday night.


Sep 13 2017 - Trae Waynes
  CB Trae Waynes, now the starter on the left side, had 11 tackles against the Saints. That's the highest among cornerbacks in the league.


Sep 13 2017 - Stefon Diggs
  WR Stefon Diggs had seven catches, six of them for first downs. He's tied for second in the NFL in first downs.


Sep 13 2017 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen had a league-high four receptions over 20 yards in Week 1. Two of them were passes thrown at least 20 yards downfield.


Sep 13 2017 - Emmanuel Lamur
  LB Emmanuel Lamur, primarily a special teams player, was limited in Wednesday's practice. He has a hamstring injury.


Sep 13 2017 - Anthony Barr
  LB Anthony Barr (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. The Vikings will continue monitoring the injury.


Sep 13 2017 - Sam Bradford
  QB Sam Bradford (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice, but is expected to play Sunday.


Sep 12 2017 - Sam Bradford
  QB Sam Bradford's 84.4 completion percentage was the highest by a Vikings quarterback in a season opener. The previous record was 80.0 by Joe Kapp in 1968.


Sep 12 2017 - Pat Elflein
  C Pat Elflein, a third-round pick, became the first rookie to start at center in a season opener since Hall of Famer Mike Tingelhoff in 1962. The Vikings also started two rookies on offense for the first time since 1963. Dalvin Cook was the other one. On defense, rookie outside linebacker Ben Gedeon started.


Sep 12 2017 - Ryan Quigley
  P Ryan Quigley's first punt as a Viking was perfect. He crushed a towering 52-yarder that was so high, gunner Jayron Kearse had to wait for it to return to earth before tackling returner Ted Ginn Jr. for no gain.


Sep 12 2017 - Kai Forbath
  K Kai Forbath missed a PAT for the fourth time in eight games as a Viking. But he also made all three field-goal attempts, including a 45-yarder that made it a three-score game with four minutes left.


Sep 12 2017 - Terence Newman
  CB Terence Newman, a starter the past two seasons, moved inside to nickel back and handled the bulk of the nickel reps. The 39-year-old stepped up when second-year pro Mackensie Alexander showed that he wasn't ready for the job on a full-time basis. Alexander got some reps in the slot as the Vikings continue to nurture him.


Sep 12 2017 - Dalvin Cook
  RB Dalvin Cook, a rookie, ran for 127 yards on 22 carries in his NFL debut for Minnesota. He also had three catches for 10 yards. "He just told me to keep balling, and I told him that I'm just following the GOAT's footsteps," Cook said of his chat with Adrian Peterson after the game. "That's what I'm doing. I'm learning, but there's a lot to learn and there's a lot to learn from him. He did some great things with this organization that he put on tape that I like to watch."


Sep 11 2017 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen finished with nine receptions for 157 yards against New Orleans on Monday. He caught a 35-yard pass that ignited the Vikings' first scoring drive of three plays and 74 yards.


Sep 11 2017 - Stefon Diggs
  WR Stefon Diggs' two first-half touchdowns were the first for a Minnesota player in one half of the season opener since Randy Moss accomplished the feat in 2004. Diggs' touchdown receptions were of 18 and two yards in the first halfMonday. "I feel like everybody was feeding off each other's energy," Diggs said. "Everybody was playing as a team, as a unit. The line was doing a great job, Sam was slin


Sep 11 2017 - Sam Bradford
  QB Sam Bradford threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns in Minnesota's 29-19 season-opening win over visiting New Orleans Monday night. He completed 27 of 32 passes with no turnovers. He was only sacked once.


Sep 6 2017 - Linval Joseph
  NT Linval Joseph is healthy, fresh off a giant contract extension and ready to prove he can be the best nose tackle in football. A year ago, the giant run-stopper with the nimble feet posted 100 tackles and four sacks. He was the first Vikings tackle to reach at least 100 tackles and four sacks since Henry Thomas in 1991.


Sep 6 2017 - Danielle Hunter
  DE Danielle Hunter will start for only the second time in his three-year career when he lines up at left end on Monday night. Having taken the starting job from veteran Brian Robison, Hunter's bar for excellence seems incredibly high. As a situational pass rusher, he had 18.5 sacks in his first 30 games. Only Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley (19.5) has more sacks among players entering their third season.


Sep 6 2017 - Sam Bradford
  QB Sam Bradford was sacked 37 times a year ago, but still managed to post a passer rating of 100 or better a career-high eight times. That also tied the second-highest total in franchise history.


Sep 6 2017 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen looks to build on a breakout season that saw him lead the team in receiving yards with 967. Receiver Stefon Diggs was second on the team with 903, while tight end Kyle Rudolph was third with 840. It was the first time since 1982 that the Vikings have had three players with 800 or more yards receiving. That year, tight end Joe Senser joined receivers Ahmad Rashad and Sammy White as players who topped 800 yards.


Sep 6 2017 - Pat Elflein
  C Pat Elflein, a third-round draft pick out of Ohio State, will become the first rookie to start at center in Week 1 for the Vikings since Mick Tingelhoff in 1962. Now, all Elflein has to do to match Tingelhoff's exit from the NFL is to play every single game through the 2033 season.


Sep 3 2017 - Blake Bell
  TE Blake Bell was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings after having been cut by the 49ers on Saturday. The 49ers were hoping Bell, who played in 27 games and had 19 receptions the past two seasons, would clear waivers so he could be added to their practice squad.


Sep 3 2017 - Aviante Collins
  T Aviante Collins, an undrafted free agent, was the surprise winner of the backup right tackle job.


Sep 3 2017 - Tashawn Bower
  DE Tashawn Bower made the Vikings roster as an undrafted free agent. He flashed exceptional pass rushing skills for a guy who wasn't drafted


Sep 3 2017 - Kyle Sloter
  QB Kyle Sloter, an undrafted rookie from Northern Colorado, was signed to the practice squad on Sunday. The Vikings kept only two quarterbacks on the active roster and also have Teddy Bridgewater on PUP for at least the first six weeks.


Sep 3 2017 - Blake Bell
  TE Blake Bell was awarded to the Vikings as a waiver-wire claim on Sunday. The 26 year old was a fourth-round pick of the 49ers in 2015. He's a big target that should be able to help as a blocker.


Sep 3 2017 - Michael Floyd
  WR Michael Floyd began serving his four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He was arrested for DWI in December.


Sep 3 2017 - Sharrif Floyd
  DT Sharrif Floyd continues in his comeback attempt, but the Vikings aren't hopeful. The former first-round draft pick played only one game last season before having knee surgery. The surgery was unsuccessful and Floyd suffered some nerve damage. He was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list.


Sep 3 2017 - Kai Forbath
  K Kai Forbath didn't have the strongest leg in camp, but his accuracy was enough to beat out Marshall Koehn. Koehn was the better kickoff guy, and he nailed a 58-yard field goal with plenty of room to spare in the third preseason game. But he has never kicked in a regular-season game. His fate was officially sealed when he duck-hooked a PAT wide left in the final preseason game. The Vikings also went with experience over leg strength at punter, where Ryan Quigley's directional skills beat out Taylor Symmank's erratic power.



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