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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 1: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball for ten thousand career rushing yards against Chris Conte #47 of the Chicago Bears on December 1, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Peterson, Gerhart Set To Return For The Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are likely to have their top two running backs back for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Vikings listed four players as non-participants, four players as limited participants and four players as full participants in Thursday’s practice.

12/20/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 29: Matt Cassel #16 of the Minnesota Vikings hands the football off to teammate Matt Asiata #44 during the first quarter of the game on August 29, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Defeat Eagles Without The Help Of Adrian Peterson

The Minnesota Vikings routed the NFC East Division leading Philadelphia Eagles on the arm of Matt Cassel and legs of Matt Asiata. The two combined for 433 yards and six touchdowns as the Vikings won 48-30. Each unit had good games for the Vikings.

12/16/2013

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

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 08: Quarterback Matt Cassel #16 of the Minnesota Vikings hands off during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Vikings 29-26. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Vikings Team Grades: Multiple Leads Slip Away In Icy Loss To Baltimore Ravens

The Minnesota Vikings had the game won. Then they didn’t. Then they did. Finally, they didn’t as the Baltimore Ravens scored a touchdown with four seconds remaining to pull off the 29-26 victory Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. The Vikings units performed all right considering the elements they were playing in all game.

12/09/2013

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

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 1: Jerome Simpson #81 of the Minnesota Vikings is unable to hold on to a pass during the first quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears on December 1, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Win In Wild OT Against Chicago Bears

The Minnesota Vikings seemingly defeated the Chicago Bears, then had a chance to lose and finally won on a 34-yard field goal by Blair Walsh. Adrian Peterson ran for 211 yards to help the Vikings get the 23-20 victory Sunday at Mall of America Field.

12/02/2013

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

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Vikings Lament Another Lost Late Lead

The Minnesota Vikings have little left to play for, with a fan base largely focused on positioning for next year’s draft pick.

11/25/2013

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 24: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs between Mike Daniels #76 and Mike Neal #96 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 24, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings tied the Packers 26-26 after overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings And Green Bay Packers Play To Rare Tie

The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers played to a 26-26 tie at Lambeau Field Sunday. The Vikings turned an early seven-point deficit into a 16-point lead early in the fourth quarter. The Packers scored 16 straight points in the fourth quarter, including 10 in the final four minutes to force overtime. Both teams kicked a field goal on their opening drive of overtime and traded punts before time ran out.

11/25/2013

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

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 10: Eddie Lacy #27 of the Green Bay Packers looks up field during a third quarter run while playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field on November 10, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Travel To Green Bay For Their Final Divisional Road Game Of The Season

The Minnesota Vikings play their final divisional road game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The two teams are heading in the wrong direction with one combined win since their Week 8 meeting in Minneapolis. The Packers hope to get quarterback Aaron Rodgers sooner rather than later. They are struggling to get anything going without their star quarterback.

11/19/2013

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 17: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings rushes against defensive end Bruce Irvin #51 of 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)

Vikings Don’t Make Enough Plays To Stay With The Seahawks

The Minnesota Vikings stayed in the game for three quarters, but interceptions on back-to-back drives allowed the Seattle Seahawks to pull away for 41-20 victory at CenturyLink Field. The offense was okay in the first half, but horrible in the second half. The defense was okay in the first half and good in the second half before wearing down.

11/18/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 07: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings scrambles with the ball during the game against the Washington Redskins on November 7, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Christian Ponder Believes He’s Ready To Start For Minnesota In Seattle

Christian Ponder says he can play, but Leslie Frazier hasn’t committed to starting the third-year quarterback on Sunday. The former first round draft pick will wear a harness, if he plays. The team listed two players as non-participants, seven players as limited participants and six players as full participants in Thursday’s practice.

11/15/2013

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 15: Jerome Simpson #81 of the Minnesota Vikings is wrapped up by Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 31-30. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Vikings Jerome Simpson Apologizes For DWI Arrest, Status For Sunday Uncertain

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.

11/13/2013

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 10: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks stiff arms William Moore #25 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 10, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Vikings Prepare For Second Straight Trip To Thunderous CenturyLink Field

The Minnesota Vikings travel to CenturyLink Field to take on the Seattle Seahawks for the second consecutive season. The Seahawks have an 9-1 record and are poised to make a Super Bowl run. They are expecting to have wide receiver Percy Harvin for the first time this season.

11/12/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 7: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings scrambles with the ball during the third quarter of the game on November 7, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Huge Upset At Mall Of America Field: Excellent Grades For Vikings Against Redskins

The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Washington Redskins 34-27 at Mall of America Field on Thursday. The Vikings scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to get their second win of the season. Christian Ponder led the Vikings offense before injuring his left arm. The defense was able to sack Robert Griffin III four times.

11/08/2013

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: Head coach Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings congratulates Christian Ponder #7 after a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers by Adrian Peterson #28 (not pictured) during the second quarter of the game on October 27, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Players Have Begun Criticizing The Play Calling

The Minnesota Vikings have already lost more games this season than they all of last, including three in the final minute of the game. Frustration is coming out as several players voiced their displeasure with play calling. The Vikings will honor the men and women who serve the country with their annual “Salute to Service” game Thursday against the Washington Redskins.

11/06/2013

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 3: Fans of the Minnesota Vikings cheer after the Vikings scored a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Vikings 27-23. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Host Washington Redskins For Thursday Night Football

The Minnesota Vikings play in the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Week 9. The Cowboys lead the NFC East with 4-4 record. They are led by a prolific passing offense and opportunistic defense. The Vikings maligned secondary will have their hands full with the Cowboys.

11/05/2013

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 3: Dwayne Harris #17 of the Dallas Cowboys scores a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Vikings 27-23. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Team Grades Drop In 3rd Last-Minute Loss For Minnesota Vikings In 2013

The Minnesota Vikings blew their third last-minute lead of the season. The Dallas Cowboys scored with 35 seconds remaining to send the Vikings to their worst start to a season since 1961 (the team’s inaugural year). Adrian Peterson ran for 140 yards and a touchdown in the 27-23 loss Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

11/04/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 27: Myles White #19 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball while Josh Robinson #21 and Chris Cook #20 of the Minnesota Vikings chase on October 27, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Running Thin On Defensive Backs

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.

11/01/2013

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

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The Minnesota Vikings Continue Difficult Season With Trip To Dallas

The Minnesota Vikings play in the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Week 9. The Cowboys lead the NFC East with 4-4 record. They are led by a prolific passing offense and opportunistic defense. The Vikings maligned secondary will have their hands full with the Cowboys.

10/29/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 27: Tramon Williams #38 of the Green Bay Packers breaks up a pass intended for Jerome Simpson #81 of the Minnesota Vikings as head coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers looks on during the second quarter of the game on October 27, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Packers defeated the Vikings 44-31. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Continue To Depress Fans After Disappointing Loss To Packers

Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff 109 yards, but the Minnesota Vikings struggled all night to keep up with the Green Bay Packers. The Vikings fell to 1-6 with the 44-31 loss Sunday at Mall of America Field. The team has now lost three straight games following its bye week.

10/28/2013

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