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Vikings Release TE John Carlson

The Minnesota Vikings announced Wednesday they’ve released tight end John Carlson. Carlson, a Litchfield, Minn. native, spent two seasons with the Vikings that were filled with injuries. In those two seasons, he appeared in 27 games with 14 starts.

03/05/2014

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Source: Vikings Will Cut TE John Carlson

The Minnesota Vikings will release veteran tight end John Carlson after two injury-marred seasons. A person with knowledge of the decision confirmed Tuesday to The Associated Press that the team will make the move. The person spoke condition of anonymity because the team had not yet finalized the transaction.

03/04/2014

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: 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

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

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: 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

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21: Quarterback Josh Freeman #12 of the Minnesota Vikings is sacked by defensive end Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants during a game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Josh Freeman’s Concussion Keeps Him Out Of Practice, Ponder Re-Enters Minnesota’s Starting Lineup

The Minnesota Vikings will likely be without Josh Freeman for Sunday’s contest against the Green Bay Packers at Mall of America Field. That means third-year quarterback Christian Ponder will take the reigns of the first unit. The Vikings listed four players as non-participants, four as limited participants and four as full participants for Thursday’s practice.

10/25/2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Tight end Heath Miller #83 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by strong safety Mistral Raymond #41 of the Minnesota Vikings and free safety Harrison Smith #22 of the Minnesota Vikings during the NFL International Series game between Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium on September 29, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Safety Harrison Smith May Need Surgery

The Minnesota Vikings announced that safety Harrison Smith will not play in Monday’s game against the New York Giants because of turf toe. In fact, the team is checking with doctors to see if rest and rehab can heal the second-year safety or if surgery is required. Surgery would put Smith on the injured reserve list.

10/19/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 22: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings passes the ball with pressure from Paul Kruger #99 of the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter of the game on September 22, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Browns defeated the Vikings 31-27. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Sore Ribs Put Christian Ponder’s Status For Vikings Game In London In Doubt

Christian Ponder injured his ribs in last week’s loss to the Cleveland Browns, which leaves his status for the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 4 contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers in doubt. Leslie Frazier would like to name his starting quarterback Friday. The Vikings had two non-participants, five limited participants and three full participants at Thursday’s practice.

09/27/2013

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Ellison Out For Vikings Vs Browns

The Minnesota Vikings will be without fullback Rhett Ellison when they play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Ellison was listed as out for the game because of a knee injury that sidelined him from practice all week. The Vikings are already missing starting fullback Jerome Felton, who is serving the final game of a three-game suspension stemming from a DUI arrest two years ago. Coach Leslie Frazier says the Vikings will lean on rookie Zach Line and veteran tight end John Carlson. Line is a converted running back still learning the position.

09/20/2013

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Line To See Boost In Play Time If Ellison Misses The Vikings’ Home Opener

The Minnesota Vikings are preparing to be without tight end Rhett Ellison for Sunday’s home opener against the Cleveland Browns. Undrafted rookie Zach Line is next in line to fill-in for suspended fullback Jerome Felton as Adrian Peterson’s lead blocker. The Vikings had five players listed as limited participants in practice and three players as full participants.

09/20/2013

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Top 3 Vikings Storylines As Season Nearly Begins

Week four of the Vikings pre-season is secondary news compared to who will be ready to play on opening day of the regular season. Tennessee visits at 7 p.m. Thursday to wrap the exhibition games. But the three most important questions at the moment: The status of Kevin Williams’ injury, who replaces Jerome Felton, and how are the star rookies developing?

08/27/2013

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Minnesota Vikings Rookies Providing Hope For The Future

The Minnesota Vikings are in the process of rebuilding for the future. The process began with the 2012 NFL Draft. The Vikings selected nine players in the draft – lost one to a devastating knee injury – and claimed another off waivers.

11/15/2012

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