6 Minnesota Athletes Who Retired YoungHere are six Minnesota athletes who retired either far too young or with plenty left to play for.
Fmr. Viking Greg Jennings Announces RetirementFormer Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings said football is over for him. Jennings made the announcement on the "FamiLeague" YouTube channel.
Mpls. Police Go Christmas Shopping For Kids In NeedSome Minneapolis children are going to be getting some special Christmas presents this year.
Ex-Viking Greg Jennings Hosts 8th Annual Golf Classic For CharityFormer Vikings Star Greg Jennings hosted his eighth annual golf classic in Maple Grove Monday. Some of Jennings' celebrity friends battled each other in a golf shootout before the tournament.
AP Sources: Receiver Greg Jennings Signs With DolphinsFree agent receiver Greg Jennings signed two weeks after visiting the Dolphins, two people familiar with the negotiations said. The people confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't announced an agreement.
Former Vikings Receiver Greg Jennings Visits DolphinsFree agent receiver Greg Jennings is visiting the Miami Dolphins, who are eager to shore up their corps of wideouts after several departures this offseason.
Vikings Release WR Greg JenningsThe Vikings released Jennings on Saturday, roughly 18 hours after their trade for Wallace was finalized. Jennings would have counted $11 million against their salary cap this year, so after two unremarkable years with the team he was the latest veteran around the league with a big contract to be let go with less than half of the contract length fulfilled.
Team Grades: Vikings Get Zimmer First Win Over Division Rival In Season FinaleThe Minnesota Vikings outlasted the Chicago Bears for a 13-9 victory Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings finish the season with the third best record in the NFC North, despite winning just one inter-divisional game. The Vikings' good, but not great, performances from the offense, defense and special teams units helped bring the win home.
Injury Report: Vikings Thin At Linebacker For Game Against The BearsThe Minnesota Vikings have three healthy linebackers on their active roster for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium. Veteran Chad Greenway, despite missing all three practices this week, could still play in the final game of the season. The Vikings have 14 players listed on the injury report and the Bears have 10 listed on theirs.
Team Grades: Vikings Blow Two Touchdown Lead In MiamiThe Minnesota Vikings took a two touchdown lead before surrendering the lead in the second half. The Vikings fell Sunday to the Miami Dolphins 37-35 on a blocked punt safety with 41 seconds remaining in the game. The Vikings offense was good enough to win, but the defense was bad. The special teams units made one mistake that gave the Dolphins the game in regulation.
Injury Report: Vikings Lose Rookie LB Barr For The SeasonThe Minnesota Vikings promising rookie Anthony Barr will see his first season in the NFL get cut short early. The first round draft pick will have a "very minor procedure" that will keep him out of the final two games. The Vikings list 12 players on their injury report while the Miami Dolphins have 13 listed on theirs.
Team Grades: Fast Start Leads To Heartbreak For The Vikings In DetroitThe Minnesota Vikings jumped out to a 14-0 lead before surrendering 16 unanswered points to fall to the Detroit Lions Sunday at Ford Field. The Vikings got early touchdowns from Matt Asiata and Greg Jennings, but a pair of Teddy Bridgewater interceptions turned the game around. The Vikings failed to get points the rest of the game, including a blocked field goal and missed field goal attempt in the second half.
Team Grades: Audible Saves Vikings From Potential Bad LossThe Minnesota Vikings defeated the New York Jets 30-24 on an 87-yard touchdown catch by Jarius Wright in overtime Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings scored a touchdown on the first and last play of the game. The Vikings offense was slightly better than average, while the defense was slightly below average. Teddy Bridgewater saved the Vikings in the game and may be the franchise quarterback they have sought now for some time.
Patterson Slipping On The Vikings' Depth ChartCordarrelle Patterson had limited playing time in Sunday's winning over the Carolina Panthers. The second-year receiver failed to catch the one ball thrown his way and his he was on the field for just three plays on offense. Charles Johnson, who was claimed just before the season started from the Cleveland Browns, had the most playing time of any receiver on Sunday. On the other side of the ball, Xavier Rhodes is becoming one of the league's best cornerbacks.
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.