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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 16: Donnie Avery #11 of the Indianapolis Colts catches a pass while defended by Chris Cook #20 and Harrison Smith #22 of the Minnesota Vikings at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Vikings Safety Harrison Smith On Pace To Play Sunday

Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith is eligible to be taken off the injured reserve list before Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field. He has missed _ games since suffering a turf toe injury against the Carolina Panthers. The Vikings are still waiting to find out their running back situation with Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart expected to only practice on Friday this week.

12/13/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 13: Matt Cassel #16 of the Minnesota Vikings passes the ball during the game against the Carolina Panthers on October 13, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Panthers defeated the Vikings 35-10. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Vikings QB Christian Ponder Not Cleared To Return To Practice, Cassel To Start

The Minnesota Vikings will not have quarterback Christian Ponder for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens due to the concussion suffered in the win over the Chicago Bears. Matt Cassel will take over as the starter with Josh Freeman serving as his backup. The Vikings had five players listed as non-participants, four as limited participants and four as full participants at Thursday’s practice.

12/06/2013

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Vikings’ Peterson Returns, Probable Vs. Bears

Adrian Peterson returned to Minnesota Vikings’ practice on Friday and is probable for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

11/29/2013

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 24: Jamarca Sanford #33 of the Minnesota Vikings breaks up a pass intended for Jarrett Boykin #11 of the Green Bay Packers as Xavier Rhodes #29 also defends at Lambeau Field on November 24, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Xavier Rhodes’ Concussion Leaves Minnesota Vikings Really Thin At Corner

The Minnesota Vikings lost cornerback Xavier Rhodes and wide receiver Joe Webb during the game against the Green Bay Packers with concussions. Neither has formally passed the NFL’s concussion protocol, but the team is still hopeful that will be available Sunday against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field. The Vikings listed six players as non-participants, one as a limited participant and four as full participants for Thursday’s practice.

11/29/2013

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 17: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings watches as time winds down during the fourth quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 17, 2013 in Seattle,Wa. The Seahawks won the game 41-20. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Expects To Play Sunday In Lambeau

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.

11/22/2013

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings passes against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 17, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Vikings 41-20. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Face Another Quarterback Controversy

The Minnesota Vikings hope to have a decision on their starting quarterback when practices begin on Wednesday. Josh Freeman is expected to be named the starter after Christian Ponder’s latest bad outing. The Vikings lost cornerback Josh Robinson and center John Sullivan during the loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but wide receiver Greg Childs is expected to return to practice for the first time since training camp in 2012.

11/20/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 05: Phil Loadholt #71 of the Minnesota Vikings on the sideline against the Buffalo Bills at the Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 5, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Loadholt Out; Depth Becoming A Problem For Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings will be without Phil Loadholt Thursday against the Washington Redskins. The starting right offensive tackle suffered a concussion against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. The Vikings list six players as out for Thursday’s game. They also list two as doubtful, one as questionable and three as probable.

11/07/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 27: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers on the line against the Minnesota Vikings on October 27, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Third Down Defense Is Killing The Minnesota Vikings

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.

10/30/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 22: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts to a tackle by Phillip Taylor #98 of the Cleveland Browns on September 22, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Have Few Bright Spots, Many Underachievers

The Minnesota Vikings have only one win through the first quarter of the season, but Cordarrelle Patterson, Xavier Rhodes and Marcus Sherels have played well. The Vikings need Chad Greenway, Erin Henderson, the offensive line and Christian Ponder to step up to get the team back on the right track.

10/04/2013

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Minnesota Vikings Expect To Have Kevin Williams Against Chicago Bears

The Minnesota Vikings are expecting to get a big boost from the return of defensive tackle Kevin Williams from injury. The 11-year NFL veteran missed just the third game of his career due to injury. The Vikings have eight players on their injury report, including four full participants and four limited participants.

09/13/2013

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball in front of nose tackle B.J. Raji #90 of the Green Bay Packers in the second half during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Future Looks Bright For The Minnesota Vikings

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.

01/07/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 30: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 30, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings’ Best Of December

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.

01/02/2013

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 04: Cornerback Josh Robinson #21 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 4, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings May Have Found Future Starter In Josh Robinson

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.

12/25/2012

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 16: Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans works out on the field prior to the start of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Face Tough Test In The Houston Texans

The Minnesota Vikings will have to earn a victory Sunday against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Vikings will have their hands full with wide Texans receiver Andre Johnson and defensive end J.J. Watt. Minnesota needs a win to improve its playoff chances while the Texans need a win to clinch home field advantage through the playoffs.

12/21/2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 25: Chris Cook #20 of the Minnesota Vikings makes a catch before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 25, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Injury Bug Is Testing The Minnesota Vikings Depth At Cornerback

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.

12/15/2012

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