When the Vikings open the season against the Lions on Sunday, it’ll be an exciting day for a couple of Nittany Lions, who will make their NFL debut. They might be rookies, but their experience at Penn State forever changed Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges.
Question No. 1 for week one — will Kevin Williams play for the Vikings? If he doesn’t, is first round pick Sharrif Floyd ready? “For us, it’s more about this first game and concentrating on getting this win on the road – this is so important,” Leslie Frazier said.
Riley Reiff had a quiet rookie season, playing all 16 games for the Detroit Lions while Jeff Backus remained the starter at left tackle. Now Backus is retired, so that job belongs to Reiff and the first challenge this season will be a formidable one. Reiff and the Lions host the Minnesota Vikings this weekend, which means a visit from pass rushing star Jared Allen.
The Minnesota Vikings claimed former Chicago Bears offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb and released Troy Kropog Sunday. Head coach Leslie Frazier said that he would talk about injuries on Wednesday, including the right knee of Kevin Williams. The Vikings filled their practice squad roster with eight players.
Riley Reiff, a former first round pick, is stepping into the starting lineup to replace a stalwart Lion. Is he up to the task? The entire team and fans certainly hope so.
The 2013 NFL Draft will take place this week, so let’s take a look at which holes each team in the NFC North needs to fill to have a successful draft.
The Minnesota Vikings had a disappointing finish to an encouraging season. Jared Allen will undergo surgery on his shoulder after the Pro Bowl later this month. The Vikings now begin preparation for the draft in April and evaluating its 14 free agents.
The Minnesota Vikings believe they will have Antoine Winfield available for Saturday’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. However, the swelling in his hand could be the determining factor. The Vikings appear to have everyone except linebacker Tyrone McKenzie available for the game.
Adrian Peterson needed 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record, but fell nine yards short of the mark. The Minnesota Vikings offense matched the Green Bay Packers drive for drive before winning on a field goal as time expired. The game included drama, controversy and physicality.
The Minnesota Vikings list Brian Robison and Antoine Winfield as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. However, neither is expected to miss the game. Robison missed the win over the Houston Texans with a shoulder sprain and Winfield suffered a fractured hand in that game.
A lot has happened with the Minnesota Vikings. The team had four players selected to the Pro Bowl. Blair Walsh tied or broke multiple records Sunday at Houston and Antoine Winfield suffered a fracture in his hand Sunday. The Vikings game time for its final regular season game against the Green Bay Packers has changed. Minnesota lost two players to the Jacksonville Jaguars on waivers. Adrian Peterson donates money to Team Rubicon.
The Minnesota Vikings did not have Brian Robison in practice Wednesday or Thursday, but the starting defensive end returned as a limited participant Friday. He did some work with the defense’s first unit and could play Sunday. His replacement, Everson Griffen, is also banged up, but is not in danger of missing the game.
One of the seemingly unnoticed offseason acquisitions for the Minnesota Vikings was fullback Jerome Felton. The fifth-year veteran played for two teams last season after spending his first three seasons with NFC Division rival Detroit Lions. When looking for his next team last March, he was looking for a good fit and found it in the Vikings.
The Minnesota Vikings enter its Week 15 contest against the St. Louis Rams with a long list of probable injured players on the injury report. While almost all of them are expected to play, Chris Cook remains on schedule to return in Week 16. Antoine Winfield was the only player listed with 50/50 chance of playing or worse.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has not ruled any players out for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. The most significant injury is Jared Allen, who missed Wednesday and Thursday’s practices. He was a full participant Friday. All eight injured players are listed as probable for Sunday’s game.