Team Grades: Special Teams Leads The Vikings To Lopsided Win Over The PanthersThe Minnesota Vikings used two big special teams plays to defeat the Carolina Panthers 31-13 Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. Adam Thielen and Everson Griffen returned a pair of blocked punts for touchdowns in the first half. Teddy Bridgewater threw a pair of touchdown passes to help the blowout. The defense struggled to stop the run, but made plays in the second half when they needed to.
Injury Report: McKinnon Doubtful For The Vikings Against The PanthersThe Minnesota Vikings will not have starting running back Jerick McKinnon Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. He has been bothered by a lower back injury that needs a week off to heal. A committee of Matt Asiata (who missed last week's game due to a concussion), Joe Banyard and Ben Tate will get the carries in McKinnon's place. The Vikings have 11 players listed on their injury report and the Panthers have seven players listed on theirs.
Injury Report: Vikings Running Backs Are Getting Banged UpThe Minnesota Vikings are thin on healthy running backs with Matt Asiata out and Jerick McKinnon banged up. McKinnon is expected to play with a lower back issue, but the team claimed Ben Tate off waivers as insurance. Sharrif Floyd's status is the biggest question mark of any injury on the team. He banged knees with a teammate and was held out of practice because of it. The Vikings list 13 players on their injury report and the Green Bay Packers list eight on theirs.
RB Tate Joins Vikings After Rough Ride With BrownsAfter a bumpy ending in Cleveland, running back Ben Tate is getting a fresh start in Minnesota. Tate joined the Vikings for practice Thursday, two days after he was waived by the Browns. Tate signed with Cleveland as a free agent before the season, leaving Houston after four years.
Vikings Claim Running Back Ben Tate Off WaiversThe Minnesota Vikings have claimed running back Ben Tate off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. Tate was signed Wednesday, when running backs Matt Asiata (concussion) and Jerick McKinnon (lower back injury) both were held out of practice. The move also came the day after the NFL announced a suspension of running back Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
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