The Minnesota Vikings have little left to play for, with a fan base largely focused on positioning for next year’s draft pick.
Adrian Peterson is dealing with a groin injury and will not miss a game, even if asked to do so. The Minnesota Vikings also can expect to have wide receiver Greg Jennings in the lineup when it travels to Green Bay to take on the Packers. Harrison Smith is on the mend and expects to begin practicing next week. The Vikings listed four players as non-participants, seven as limited participants and three as full participants in Thursday’s practice.
Jerome Simpson was arrested Saturday on suspicion of drunk driving. His status for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks is not known. The status of injured quarterback Christian Ponder for Sunday’s game will be determined later in the week. Harrison Smith is progressing in his rehab and believes he can avoid surgery. Cordarrelle Patterson’s jersey and shoes from the Green Bay Packers game on Oct. 27 are on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Minnesota Vikings have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, but three of the four opening day starters in the secondary may not be available for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. The Vikings listed four players as non-participants, three players as limited participants and five players as full participants in Thursday’s practice.
The Minnesota Vikings have been able to get the opposing teams to third down, but haven’t been able to get stops. The Vikings have the worst third down defense in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers took advantage of the young and overmatched Vikings secondary by converting 72 percent of third down opportunities.
The Minnesota Vikings may be without Josh Freeman for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Mall of America Field due to concussion symptoms. If he cannot go, Christian Ponder would return to the starting lineup. The Vikings made a roster move this week by claiming cornerback Shaun Prater off waivers and released Jacob Lacey.
The Minnesota Vikings announced that safety Harrison Smith will not play in Monday’s game against the New York Giants because of turf toe. In fact, the team is checking with doctors to see if rest and rehab can heal the second-year safety or if surgery is required. Surgery would put Smith on the injured reserve list.
The Minnesota Vikings have ruled starting safety Harrison Smith out for the game against the New York Giants on Monday night because of turf toe on his left foot. Smith was injured Sunday against Carolina, and the Vikings fear the injury could require surgery.
The Minnesota Vikings have a very good defense on paper. However, on the field it has been a different story. The Vikings rank near the bottom in the league in most statistical defensive categories. The Vikings lost linebacker Desmond Bishop to a torn ACL during the Week 5 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Head coach Leslie Frazier would like to name his starting quarterback for Monday’s showdown with the winless New York Giants on Wednesday.
Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith has left the game against Carolina with an injured left foot. The team says his return is doubtful.
Harrison Smith is likely going to get the fine of his young career following an unnecessary roughness penalty for a helmet-to-helmet hit in the Minnesota Vikings victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. While the safety is prepared for the fine, he is not sure it is right. Blair Walsh set the Vikings career record for 50-plus-yard field goals. The Vikings were forced to start two new starters in the secondary after Chris Cook and Jamarca Sanford were ruled out.
The Minnesota Vikings had a great opportunity to get back on track after losing its first two games. However, the team failed to do much of anything right and remains winless. There were not many bright spots for the Vikings. It could not have gone worse.
The Minnesota Vikings are preparing to be without tight end Rhett Ellison for Sunday’s home opener against the Cleveland Browns. Undrafted rookie Zach Line is next in line to fill-in for suspended fullback Jerome Felton as Adrian Peterson’s lead blocker. The Vikings had five players listed as limited participants in practice and three players as full participants.
Defensive tackle Kevin Williams was the only Minnesota Vikings to miss practice Thursday. Safety Harrison Smith and McLeod Bethel-Thompson were the only players to have their practice status change from Wednesday to Thursday. Three players were full participants both days despite injuries and five were limited both days.
There’s a fair amount of young and talented Vikings, but which will have the biggest year in 2013?
Harrison Smith’s rookie season was marked by hard-hitting play, three interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. His intense style gave the secondary a big boost. It also yielded one ejection and a $21,000 fine. But Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he never saw his young safety back down from the pressure of being a starter on a playoff team.
Let the speculation begin — or continue. The Vikings have two picks in the first round, and Vikings GM Rick Spielman met with the media on Tuesday for his annual draft press conference.
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.
The Minnesota Vikings had a very successful month of December. They finished the month with a 4-1 record that propelled the team into the playoffs as the No. 6 seed. Adrian Peterson, Everson Griffen and Blair Walsh led the way for the Vikings.
Josh Robinson is becoming one of the mainstays in the Vikings secondary. The team knows that veteran leader Antoine Winfield is nearing the end of his career. Robinson’s play has given the team assurance that it will be fine when Winfield decides to hang up the cleats.
Harrison Smith and Josh Robinson don’t have any time for the rookie wall. The Minnesota Vikings defensive backs are too busy coming up with game-changing plays to help their team chase down a playoff spot.
The Minnesota Vikings have plenty of things to be excited about. The team is in the playoff chase. Adrian Peterson is chasing the rushing record and the MVP award. Harrison Smith is making his case to be the Defensive Rookie of the Year. The offensive line has been the most improved unit on the team. There have also been negatives as well.
Harrison Smith is becoming one of the most complete safeties in the NFL. There are very few that can hit as hard as him while possessing the ball skills to turn errant throws into turnovers. He is making it scarier to play against the Vikings defense.
The Minnesota Vikings held on for a 21-14 victory over the Chicago Bears Sunday at Mall of America Field. The offense was once again all about Adrian Peterson. He rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns.