Zimmer Pleased With Vikings’ ProgressThe Vikings did not score in the second half Sunday in Detroit. They dropped their record to 6-8 and moved to 0-5 in their division.
Vikes Put Running Back McKinnon On Injured ReserveThe Minnesota Vikings have placed running back Jerick McKinnon on injured reserve, ending his rookie season.
Lotulelei Out, Johnson In For PanthersCarolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is out for the second straight game with an ankle injury.
Griffen Giving Vikings Their Money's WorthThe Minnesota Vikings needed another productive pass rusher, and there were plenty of top-tier options available as free agency approached. They decided to stay with the guy they had already developed, and the gamble of handing over a market-setting contract to Everson Griffen looks like a smart move right now. He is third in the NFL in sacks, with eight in eight games. He also is third in the league with 13 1/2 quarterback knockdowns, according to STATS.
Everson Griffen Growing Up In Minnesota Everson Griffen broke into the NFL as one of the youngest players in the league, and he can now say that everything came a little too fast for him at the start. The money, the game, the attention, it was a lot to handle for a 22-year-old who left USC a year early, and it caught up to the Minnesota Vikings defensive end in the winter following his rookie year.
Vikings Waive Suspended DE Spencer NealyThe Minnesota Vikings have waived defensive end Spencer Nealy and signed tight end Mike Higgins. The move was made Wednesday.
Vikings Suspend DE Nealy For Substance ViolationThe Minnesota Vikings have suspended a 24-year-old defensive end for use of performance-enhancing substances. Vikings Spokesman Jon Ekstrom says Spencer Nealy is suspended without pay for four 2014 regular-season games.
Vikings Sign Rookies Barr, Crichton, Exum The Minnesota Vikings have signed draft picks Anthony Barr, Scott Crichton and Antone Exum to contracts. The Vikings signed Barr, the ninth overall pick, and Exum, a seventh-rounder, on Wednesday. They announced the deal for Crichton, a third-round pick, on Thursday.
Chicago Bears Sign Jared Allen In 4-Year DealThe Chicago Bears were looking to jolt their struggling defense. How does adding Jared Allen sound? The Bears agreed to a four-year contract with the five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Wednesday, replacing one accomplished pass rusher with another as they rebuild a defense that ranked among the league's worst last season.
Vikings Sign Defensive End Corey WoottonThe Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent defensive end Corey Wootton. The Vikings announced the deal Friday, one day after Wootton and his agent tweeted that an agreement had been reached.
Wootton Agrees To Terms With VikingsFree agent defensive end Corey Wootton has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings. Wootton and his agent, Mike McCartney, tweeted the agreement on Thursday night. Wootton spent the first four seasons of his career with the division rival Chicago Bears. Wootton has played all 16 games each of the last two seasons when he combined for 10 sacks. He had three sacks last season.
Vikings Sign DE Robison To 4-Year DealThe Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive end Brian Robison to a four-year contract extension. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press it includes $12 million in guaranteed money.