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.
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 Hand The New York Giants First Win Of The SeasonThe Minnesota Vikings put forth another poor showing. Even the players that provided the highlights also provided lowlights. The offense never got into a rhythm. The best Vikings defense was the Giants offense at times.
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' Defense Is Having A Disappointing SeasonThe Minnesota Vikings have a very good defense on paper. However, on the field it has been a different story. The Vikings rank near the bottom in the league in most statistical defensive categories. The Vikings lost linebacker Desmond Bishop to a torn ACL during the Week 5 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Head coach Leslie Frazier would like to name his starting quarterback for Monday's showdown with the winless New York Giants on Wednesday.
The Minnesota Vikings May Have A Quarterback ControversyThe Minnesota Vikings may not have a quarterback controversy, but head coach Leslie Frazier is non-committal to who his starter will be following their bye. After losing back-to-back games in the final minute of the game, the Vikings defense found itself in a similar situation as the Pittsburgh Steelers moved down the field and got as close as the Viking six-yard line.
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.
Line To See Boost In Play Time If Ellison Misses The Vikings' Home OpenerThe 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.
Minnesota Vikings Expect To Have Kevin Williams Against Chicago BearsThe Minnesota Vikings are expecting to get a big boost from the return of defensive tackle Kevin Williams from injury. The 11-year NFL veteran missed just the third game of his career due to injury. The Vikings have eight players on their injury report, including four full participants and four limited participants.
Kevin Williams Listed As Probable For BearsMinnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams missed practice on Friday due to personal reasons. Coach Leslie Frazier says Williams will be ready to make his season debut on Sunday against Chicago. Williams missed the opener against Detroit with a knee injury. He returned to practice this week and Frazier says his defensive captain is good to go. Williams is listed as probable on the injury report.
Vikings' OK State Alumni Deny Charges In SI ReportMinnesota Vikings Kevin Williams and Charlie Johnson say they never saw the kind of impropriety detailed in a Sports Illustrated report about alleged corruption at Oklahoma State. The report charges that Oklahoma State players were paid while playing at school. It also quotes one player saying that Williams was among those players that had course work done for them to keep them eligible.
Kevin Williams Returns To Practice For Vikings Defensive tackle Kevin Williams has returned to practice for the Minnesota Vikings after missing the season opener with an injured right knee.
Vikings' John Sullivan Should Be Healthy This Week, Ndamukong Suh Fined $100KThe Minnesota Vikings expected to have defensive tackle Kevin Williams and center John Sullivan at practice this week, despite knee injuries. The NFL is reportedly going to levy a heavy fine to Ndamukong Suh for his low block on Sullivan. Cordarrelle Patterson played only five plays Sunday and it was the coaches choice. Could a change at quarterback be coming for the Vikings? It has been done before in Minnesota.
Vikings Blog: Williams Ruled OutOn Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings kickoff the 2013 NFL season in Detroit against the Lions. On Friday we learned that the Vikings would be without one of their top players for the season opener. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams has been ruled out for this Sunday’s game against Detroit by head coach Leslie Frazier as he recovers from a hyper-extended knee.
Vikings Rookie DT Thrust Into Big Role For OpenerReady or not, here it comes for Minnesota Vikings rookie defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd. Kevin Williams' right knee injury will keep him out of the season opener against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. That means Floyd will be thrust into a prominent role in the middle of the Vikings defense.