Veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams has been picked by Minnesota Vikings players as the team’s recipient this season of the Ed Block Courage Award.
Matt Cassel stepped on the platform, grasped the podium with both hands, looked around and grinned.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson surpassed the 10,000 yard rushing plateau. He is the 28th player in league history and third quickest to do so. He is grateful for his God-given talent and blessed to have had the players around him to make it happen. Erin Henderson returned last week after missing the previous week with personal reasons, but did not play Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Cordarrelle Patterson’s role in the Vikings offense continues to expand.
The Minnesota Vikings have broken ground on their new stadium. Team owners and officials were joined by hundreds of local politicians, business leaders and purple-clad fans Tuesday morning to commemorate the start of construction on the billion-dollar project.
Politicians, Vikings executives and possibly a few notable former players will be on hand at the groundbreaking ceremony for the team’s new, $1 billion stadium. The Tuesday morning program inside the soon-to-be-demolished Metrodome is open to the public, but there are only a few hundred seats available.
NFL teams talk about the season being in four quarters. The league begins that final quarter this week. The Minnesota Vikings travel to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in their Week 13 game. The Ravens are led on offense by quarterback Joe Flacco, but wide receiver Torrey Smith is the player to watch. The defense is led by veteran nose tackle Haloti Ngata.
Another week has brought another quarterback quandary for the Minnesota Vikings. Matt Cassel played well enough in relief of Christian Ponder to take over the job. Ponder left Sunday’s win over Chicago with a concussion.
Blair Walsh’s 34-yard field goal with 1:43 left in overtime gave the Minnesota Vikings a 23-20 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday after both teams missed kicks in the extra period.
Adrian Peterson has become the third-fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards rushing for his career. Peterson passed the mark for Minnesota in the fourth quarter Sunday against Chicago in his 101st career game.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook has been ejected against Chicago for making contact with an official. Cook was in coverage on Alshon Jeffery when the Bears wide receiver jumped over Cook for a 46-yard touchdown pass at the front corner of the end zone.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has been taken to the locker room under evaluation for concussion symptoms. Ponder took a hit to the head late in the second quarter Sunday against Chicago during a rushed third-down throw.
For the Vikings, quarterback Josh Freeman was inactive for the sixth time in eight games on the roster. Cornerback Josh Robinson (sternum) was out for the second straight game, and tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot) was out for the fourth straight game.
In this most dismal of years — with last week’s tie possibly blowing a shot at landing the top draft pick — comes the news that, in three weeks, three Vikings have been arrested. Jerome Simpson and Erin Henderson for were booked for DWI, and AJ Jefferson for felony domestic assault.
The last time the Minnesota Vikings played the Chicago Bears, they were well on their way to an important division victory on the road. Until, that is, Jay Cutler, ruined their day. The Vikings led by six points with 3:15 to play at Soldier Field on Sept. 15. Then Cutler drove the Bears 66 yards, finishing the drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds to win it. Cutler will not play in the rematch Sunday at the Metrodome because of a high left ankle sprain. A reason for the Vikings to celebrate? Well, they don’t exactly have fond memories of facing backup quarterback Josh McCown, either. Back in 2003, McCown was making his third career start for the lowly Arizona Cardinals in the season finale. The 9-6 Vikings need a win over the 3-12 Cards to clinch the NFC North.
A former Minnesota Vikings defensive player is accused of strangling his girlfriend in an early-morning argument that was the result of ignored text messages, according to charges filed Wednesday by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.