Vikings Ailing Offensive Line Must Find Way To ImproveThe Minnesota Vikings have dug about as deep as they can into their roster to maintain the offensive line, after allocating plenty of offseason resources to the position on which their Super Bowl hope could hinge.
Minnesota Vikings OL Sullivan Suffers SetbackThe Minnesota Vikings do not expect to have center John Sullivan back this season after he had a second surgery on his back. Sullivan was placed on the injured reserve with the designation for return following the preseason.
Vikings LG Brandon Fusco Questionable With ConcussionMinnesota Vikings left guard Brandon Fusco is questionable for the game against San Diego on Sunday. Fusco missed practice Wednesday and returned on a limited basis Thursday after going through the league's concussion protocol.
Minnesota Vikings OL Fusco Improves, But Remains Questionable For Sunday's GameOffensive lineman Brandon Fusco missed Wednesday’s practice due to a concussion. However, the left guard returned Thursday as a limited participant. He improved from practice to practice throughout the week, but still needs to be 100 percent cleared to play and is listed as questionable. The Vikings continue to have just two players on their injury report while the San Diego Chargers have 10 players listed on theirs for Sunday’s game at TCF Bank Stadium.
Vikings Guard Brandon Fusco Sits Out With ConcussionMinnesota Vikings left guard Brandon Fusco has a concussion, yet another injury issue for a banged-up offensive line. Fusco was held out of practice Wednesday. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has not commented on Fusco's condition.
Torn Pecs Make Vikings Take Closer Look At Lifting RegimenThese weren't common football injuries, all these torn pectoral muscles, so the Minnesota Vikings took a closer look. Right guard Brandon Fusco (13 games missed) and right tackle Phil Loadholt (five games missed) each needed season-ending surgery after theirs occurred while blocking during games last year.
Minnesota Vikings Head Into The Offseason Optimistic, But UnsatisfiedThe Minnesota Vikings have more confidence and optimism heading into this offseason than they did a year ago. They have two of the most important pieces in place in head coach Mike Zimmer and Teddy Bridgewater. Also, they improved in several areas from the past season. The Vikings have 12 free agents this offseason, but just one opening day starter.
Injury Report: Vikings To Be Without Four Starters Against The LionsThe Minnesota Vikings have seen their fair shares of injuries this season with four starters already on injured reserve. This week they will travel to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions without four more starters. Anthony Barr, Sharrif Floyd, Robert Blanton and Charlie Johnson all were declared out for the game. In total, the Vikings have nine players listed on the injury report. The Lions have nine players on their respective list as well.
Vikings OT Matt Kalil's Frustrating Season Reached A New Height SundayMinnesota Vikings offensive tackle Matt Kalil had more problems than just the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. After the game ended, he did not talk to the media and then had an incident with a fane just outside TCF Bank Stadium. Kalil apologized for dodging the media and called the incident afterward "no big deal." The Vikings lost their other starting tackle Phil Loadholt for the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.
Fourth-And-Twenty Play Sticks In The Minds Of The Minnesota VikingsThe Minnesota Vikings had a chance to clinch a victory over the Buffalo Bills Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, but a fourth-and-20 conversion kept the game-winning drive alive. The Vikings were caught off guard by the quick pace of the 24-yard pass from Kyle Orton to Scott Chandler that converted the long fourth down and set up the game-winning score with one second remaining. During the game, the Vikings suffered a pair of injuries that forced the team to make changes on the offensive line.
Team Grades: Offensive Ineptitude And Late Defensive Collapse Cost VikingsThe Minnesota Vikings stalled in the red zone and the Buffalo Bills scored in the final seconds for the game-winning score. The Vikings fell to 2-5 with a 17-16 defeat Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Vikings defense was very good, with the exception of a few plays and the game's final drive. The offense was a disappointment again and Bridgewater is still a work in progress. The special teams were below average.
Culture Change Is Mike Zimmer’s Biggest Challenge As Vikings Head CoachThe Minnesota Vikings are just six games into Mike Zimmer's tenure as head coach of the team and he is already figuring out his most important challenge to making the team a consistent winner. Zimmer wants his players to develop the mindset that losing is not OK. Wide receiver Greg Jennings believes the players need to start taking care of themselves. Zimmer hinted that their may be changes on the team's offensive line.