Two years ago, Anthony Barr was playing offense and not getting much playing time at UCLA. With a new coach and a switch to defense, he became a first-round draft choice for the Minnesota Vikings.
The Minnesota Vikings have selected UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr with the ninth overall pick of the NFL draft. The Vikings traded down one spot with Cleveland, picking up a fifth-round pick to do it.
The Minnesota Vikings now have a new run-stopping defensive tackle to pair alongside last year’s first-round pick.
The Minnesota Vikings are bringing in a former Golden Gophers linebacker. On Tuesday afternoon, the team announced the signing of Simoni Lawrence, who was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2010.
The Minnesota Vikings have released linebacker Erin Henderson, who was recently arrested twice on suspicion of drunken driving. The Vikings announced Henderson’s release Friday. Henderson had one season left on his contract with a $1.95 million salary. Henderson’s latest arrest was Jan. 1 after he crashed his sport utility vehicle in Chanhassen.
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson is suing the state after a Nov. 19 DWI arrest, saying police didn’t have probable cause to stop him.
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Desmond Bishop’s season has ended because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Why’s Harry Pitera always got a grin on his face? Probably because the two-time All-MIAC outside linebacker has his No. 2-ranked Tommies off to a 2-0 start. Maybe it’s knowing that 10,000-plus fans will be on hand to watch his senior class aim to cap their careers having never lost to arch-rival St. John’s, former MIAC immortal and national powerhouse.
Parents of a 16-year-old football player from the west metro say they’re thankful their son is alive. Luke Nelson, a linebacker for Dassel-Cokato High School, suffered a severe head injury during their Friday night game against Orono. He’s now in serious condition at HCMC after having emergency brain surgery.
Everybody loves Tremayne Williams. Both on and off the record, his trainers, his teammates and his coach respect and revere the face of the 2013 Tommie football team. “He’s our poster boy,” coach Glenn Caruso said during two-a-days last week at O’Shaughnessy Stadium.
Finally in the NFL, Manti Te’o is looking to give football fans everywhere reasons to forget about his fake girlfriend scandal. His performance with the San Diego Chargers may be just the thing to jolt his name back to football relevance.
With so many Minnesota Vikings players on the bubble, it’s not head coach Leslie Frazier they need to impress most to make the team. It’s also not the offensive or defensive coordinator — or even the guy that coaches the position they play. It’s special teams coach Mike Priefer.
The Minnesota Vikings have signed linebacker Stanford Keglar, starting his second stint with the team this summer. To make room on the 90-man roster Tuesday, the Vikings waived linebacker Nathan Williams.
The first week of training camp is an adjustment for everybody, leaving that offseason mindset behind and focusing entirely on football. For the new guys on the team, that adjustment is even bigger. But two days in to training camp, Packer linebacker Desmond Bishop feels like he’s off to a good start. “It feels good. I never thought I’d look so good in purple,” Bishop said. “I think I look pretty handsome.”
Desmond Bishop’s first practice with the Minnesota Vikings was also his first in almost a year. The recently signed linebacker missed last season with Green Bay because of a torn right hamstring, an injury he suffered in an exhibition game. The Packers cut him last month, and he joined the rival Vikings soon after.