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NFC Divisional Playoffs - San Francisco 49ers 45 - Green Bay Packers 31

Vikings Sign Former Green Bay RB DuJuan Harris

The Minnesota Vikings announced Thursday they’ve signed free agent running back DuJuan Harris. Harris has spent the past three seasons with the Green Bay Packers after being signed by Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent after the 2011 NFL Draft.

03/19/2015

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Peterson Calls Hearing ‘Fair,’ Wants To Return To Vikings

The NFL Players Association’s attempt to have Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reinstated has been taken under advisement by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge David Doty heard arguments from the NFLPA and the NFL on Friday. He did not provide a timetable for his decision.

02/06/2015

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Peterson Appeal Trial To Resume Thursday

Minnesota Vikings running back has met with a hearing officer in an appeal over his suspension from the NFL and is now awaiting a ruling. The hearing took place Tuesday morning with Harold Henderson, the NFL’s former vice president of labor relations. He has reportedly heard over 90 appeals in the last six years dealing with personal conduct and drug issues.

12/02/2014

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Vikings Rookie McKinnon Out Vs. Panthers

Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon will not play against Carolina on Sunday because of an injury to his lower back. McKinnon didn’t practice all week. He was listed as doubtful. The rookie said Friday his condition is nothing he “can’t play through,” but he confirmed he will be held out against the Panthers. That will mean more time in the backfield for Matt Asiata, Joe Banyard and perhaps Ben Tate.

11/28/2014

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Asiata Out With Concussion For Vikings Vs. Packers

Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata will miss Sunday’s game against Green Bay because of a concussion. Asiata has not yet been cleared to practice. Running back Jerick McKinnon was listed as probable to play the Packers after participating in Friday’s practice on a limited basis. Recently signed veteran Ben Tate could get some time at running back.

11/21/2014

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Gophers’ Maxx Williams Offers Team Confidence For Ohio Game

It’s guarded optimism for the Gopher football team. They are hoping to pull off an upset against Ohio State at home at 11 a.m. Saturday. But they have confidence coming off of the blow out over Iowa, and, as Mike Max explains, they have confidence because of a tight end that’s quite a weapon.

11/11/2014

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Adrian Peterson Admits To Smoking ‘A Little Weed’

Adrian Peterson can’t seem to outrun his legal problems. Texas prosecutors are now calling for the star running back to be arrested. They say the Peterson admitted he “smoked a little weed” since being charged with child abuse.

10/09/2014

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Adrian Peterson Gets Tentative Dec. Trial Date

A motion was filed by prosecutors Wednesday at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Conroe, Texas to have a new judge assigned to the Adrian Peterson child abuse case. Peterson’s legal team are pushing the case forward, looking more likely that they want to leave it up to a jury in Conroe to decide if what Peterson did to his son was child abuse or discipline.

10/08/2014

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These Days, It Seems Anybody Can Play RB In NFL

Teams have found that they no longer need a big-money star to carry the load. Overlooked and underappreciated options can often do the job at a fraction of the price.

10/03/2014

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Expect A Lot Of RB David Cobb In Minnesota’s Game Against Michigan

The Golden Gophers could very well be without quarterback Mitch Leidner and tight end Maxx Williams again this week, so look for the game plan against Michigan to look a lot like it did against San Jose State: a lot of running back David Cobb.

09/23/2014

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Adrian Peterson Indicted For Child Abuse, Turns Himself In

A grand jury has indicted Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson with reckless or negligent injury to a child, WCCO has confirmed through multiple sources, and will not play in this Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.

09/12/2014

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Adrian Peterson ‘Would Love To Retire As A Viking’

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is reiterating that he hopes to remain in Minnesota until he retires in response to a report that he reached out to Jerry Jones about playing for the Dallas Cowboys this summer.

08/28/2014

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With Passing Trend, Is Peterson Last Great Back?

Jim Brown spinning his way through the line and breaking loose in the secondary with a burst of speed. Walter Payton lowering a stiff arm and tearing away from the tackler with those long, almost-straight-leg strides.

08/16/2014

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Meet Matt Asiata – The Other Vikings Running Back

When you share a backfield with a former MVP and an electric early-round draft pick being compared to Darren Sproles, it’s easy to fly under the radar. But Matt Asiata has never been one for the limelight anyway. “Just go out there and do your job and, you know, execute with the plays,” Asiata said. “I was just trying to get better every day.”

08/05/2014

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Fmr. Gopher, NFL Player Marion Barber Detained For Mental Health Evaluation

Former NFL running back Marion Barber III was detained and taken for a mental health evaluation after police were called to a Dallas, Texas suburb.

06/17/2014

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Vikings Hope Speedy Rookie Also A Quick Study

Jerick McKinnon was the last of Minnesota’s 10 draft picks to sign his rookie contract. That’s about the only race he wouldn’t win.

06/17/2014

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Vikings’ New Running Back Takes Tips From Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings fans know that Adrian Peterson is number one, but not that Toby Gerhart is gone – who is second in line to carry the ball? His  name is Jerick McKinnon, and he’s still making a transition to full time running back. In college he did a number of things, including throwing the ball as a quarterback at Georgia Southern University.

06/14/2014

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Gathering Is Tuesday For Adrian Peterson’s Son

A fellowship gathering is scheduled in Sioux Falls in honor of the 2-year-old son of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

10/21/2013

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Small Running Back Puts Small Town On The Map

It’s a tiny town in northwestern Minnesota, but the people of Underwood love their football. Friday nights is when the town gets buzzing, thanks to high school football, said coach Chuck Ross.

10/19/2013

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Winless Giants Sign RB Hillis As Vikings Approach

The New York Giants have signed veteran running back Peyton Hillis. Hillis, who fills a void in the backfield, is a six-year veteran with a 1,000-yard season on his resume. He has played for Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City, and has 2,470 yards and 21 touchdowns for his career.

10/16/2013

Pittsburgh Steelers 24 - New York Giants 20

Redman Among Inactives For Steelers Vs. Vikings

Running back Isaac Redman is inactive for the Pittsburgh Steelers for their game against the Minnesota Vikings in London, with rookie Le’Veon Bell set to make his debut.

09/29/2013

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Foot Healed, Steelers RB Bell Ready To Go Against Vikings

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell will make his regular-season debut on Sunday hoping to provide a jolt for his winless team.

09/25/2013

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DeLaSalle RB Williams Has Sights On State Title

Chris Williams is the talented and explosive running back from DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis. “I like to get to the end zone, so I just try everything to get to the end zone, every play,” Williams said. Walk him and you can see why teammates follow him. Williams didn’t grow up privileged, and he did not forget where he grew up.

08/30/2013

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Washburn Star RB Jeff Jones Has Eyes On 2,000 Yards

One player to watch in the metro area — Minneapolis Washburn’s Jeff Jones. He’s a football player, he’s an athlete, and he’s got some gifts you cannot teach. Watch him on the football field and it becomes a game of “catch me if you can.”

08/23/2013

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Vikings’ Offense Has Been Rough With Peterson Out

Through their first two preseason games, the best performance from Minnesota’s first-team offense has been by rookie punter Jeff Locke.

The Vikings haven’t done much well in these exhibition games yet. Each incompletion by Christian Ponder or three-and-out series by the unit has only heightened concerns whether this team can be balanced enough to build off last year’s playoff appearance.

08/21/2013

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