2013 In Review: Top Local Sports StoriesIt was another eventful year in local sports with three local professional teams making the playoffs, a high profile coach getting dismissed and a football team having a turnaround season.
Charges: Former Viking Jefferson Strangled GirlfriendA 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.
Minnesota Vikings Release Jefferson, Further Thinning The Defensive BackfieldThe Minnesota Vikings released A.J. Jefferson hours after he was arrested for a domestic assault claim. The Vikings are now down three healthy cornerbacks on their roster with one on their practice squad. Audie Cole made his start on Sunday and was impressive. He is likely to remain in the starting lineup. The Vikings filled their open roster spot by claiming offensive tackle Mike Remmers off waivers from the San Diego Chargers.
'Different From Player To Player’: Frazier On Dealing With Vikings In TroubleFor the second time this month another member of the Minnesota Vikings is in trouble with the law. This time the player, cornerback A.J. Jefferson, was released from the team.
Vikings Release A.J. Jefferson After Monday Morning ArrestThe Minnesota Vikings announced the release of cornerback A.J. Jefferson after he was arrested for alleged domestic assault Monday morning.
Minnesota Vikings Players Have Begun Criticizing The Play CallingThe 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.
Team Grades Drop In 3rd Last-Minute Loss For Minnesota Vikings In 2013The 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.
Minnesota Vikings Running Thin On Defensive BacksThe 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.
Third Down Defense Is Killing The Minnesota VikingsThe 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.
Josh Freeman's Concussion Keeps Him Out Of Practice, Ponder Re-Enters Minnesota's Starting LineupThe 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.
Minnesota Vikings Safety Harrison Smith May Need SurgeryThe 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.
Minnesota Vikings Have Few Bright Spots, Many UnderachieversThe Minnesota Vikings have only one win through the first quarter of the season, but Cordarrelle Patterson, Xavier Rhodes and Marcus Sherels have played well. The Vikings need Chad Greenway, Erin Henderson, the offensive line and Christian Ponder to step up to get the team back on the right track.
Sore Ribs Put Christian Ponder's Status For Vikings Game In London In DoubtChristian 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.
Minnesota Vikings Not Looking To Make Immediate ChangesThe Minnesota Vikings are not planning on making changes just to make changes. The Vikings have begun to be hit with injuries. Unfortunately, they coming to one position group. The offensive line may be the Vikings biggest disappointment through three games this season. Minnesota is getting a boost with the return of Jerome Felton from his suspension. Zach Line has been placed on injured reserve.
The Future Looks Bright For The Minnesota VikingsThe Minnesota Vikings had a disappointing finish to an encouraging season. Jared Allen will undergo surgery on his shoulder after the Pro Bowl later this month. The Vikings now begin preparation for the draft in April and evaluating its 14 free agents.