Sherels, Walsh Keys To Vikings' Improved Special TeamsMarcus Sherels' 65-yard punt return for a touchdown last week earned the unheralded returner the NFC special teams player of the week award. For a Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer, the honor reflects the total work of Sherels and the team's special teams during a 23-20 victory against the Bears.
Minnesota Vikings Offensive Line Still A Work In ProgressThe Minnesota Vikings began the offseason with questions on the offensive line. After five preseason games, little has changed.
Underdog Sherels Solidifying His Role With Minnesota VikingsEvery year, Marcus Sherels shows up to Minnesota Vikings training camp with his roster status firmly on the bubble. He's a 5-foot-10 cornerback in a league full of 6-foot-3 receivers. He was an undrafted free agent who made the team on a tryout in a league that caters to high draft picks.
Team Grades: Special Teams Leads The Vikings To Lopsided Win Over The PanthersThe Minnesota Vikings used two big special teams plays to defeat the Carolina Panthers 31-13 Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. Adam Thielen and Everson Griffen returned a pair of blocked punts for touchdowns in the first half. Teddy Bridgewater threw a pair of touchdown passes to help the blowout. The defense struggled to stop the run, but made plays in the second half when they needed to.
Priefer: 'A Better Man' After Sensitivity Classes Special teams coach Mike Priefer has been back on the practice field for the Minnesota Vikings this week, coaching a group of players that struggled last weekend against New England and spending long hours at the office formulating a game plan for the New Orleans Saints.
Mike Zimmer Takes Minnesota Vikings Loss To The Patriots As A Learning ExperienceThe Minnesota Vikings were not competitive in their loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, but head coach Mike Zimmer sees it as a way to find something out about his team. They also announced a pair of personnel was reinstated to the team. Special teams coach Mike Priefer had his suspension reduced from three to two games after undergoing sensitivity training. Running back Adrian Peterson will be active for the Vikings going forward.
Vikings Reinstate Special Teams Coach Priefer The Minnesota Vikings have reinstated special teams coach Mike Priefer after a two-game suspension for making anti-gay remarks. The Vikings announced their decision Sunday night, a few hours after a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots. Priefer was suspended after former punter Chris Kluwe accused him of making anti-gay remarks at the team's headquarters during the season.
Kluwe, Vikings Reach Settlement To Avert LawsuitThe messy dispute between the Minnesota Vikings and their former punter, Chris Kluwe, has been settled. Kluwe had been threatening a $10 million lawsuit against the team, claiming he was let go because of his support for gay marriage.
Kluwe: We've Reached An Agreement With The Vikings The Minnesota Vikings have reached a settlement with former punter Chris Kluwe.His lawyer says the two sides settled out of court, those terms will be announced at a joint press conference next week.
Vikings Tap Veteran Special Teams Coach To Fill In The Minnesota Vikings have hired Joe Marciano to fill in for special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, who must serve a three-game suspension for an anti-gay comment that prompted a complaint from a former player.
Vikings' Mike Priefer Apologizes For Homophobic SlurVikings Training Camp got underway in Mankato Thursday, but the big news isn't about the players. It's coming from Mike Priefer, the team's special teams coordinator. Priefer has been suspended for the first three games of the regular season for his homophobic slur called out by former punter Chris Kluwe, who has threatened to sue the team.
Vikings Suspend Priefer For 3 Games, Kluwe Plans To Sue TeamThe Minnesota Vikings will suspend special teams coordinator Mike Priefer without pay for three games this season and donate $100,000 to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights groups, in response to former punter Chris Kluwe's allegations of anti-gay remarks made by Priefer.