Vikings Rule Henderson Out; Peterson On TrackThe Minnesota Vikings will play without starting middle linebacker Erin Henderson at Green Bay. Henderson has missed practice all week due to an unspecified personal matter. On Friday, coach Leslie Frazier ruled the team's leading tackler out of the game against the Packers. Audie Cole will start in Henderson's place. Another starter, defensive end Brian Robison, was listed as questionable for Sunday because of a muscle spasm in his neck.
Minnesota Vikings Face Another Quarterback ControversyThe Minnesota Vikings hope to have a decision on their starting quarterback when practices begin on Wednesday. Josh Freeman is expected to be named the starter after Christian Ponder's latest bad outing. The Vikings lost cornerback Josh Robinson and center John Sullivan during the loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but wide receiver Greg Childs is expected to return to practice for the first time since training camp in 2012.
Christian Ponder Believes He's Ready To Start For Minnesota In SeattleChristian Ponder says he can play, but Leslie Frazier hasn't committed to starting the third-year quarterback on Sunday. The former first round draft pick will wear a harness, if he plays. The team listed two players as non-participants, seven players as limited participants and six players as full participants in Thursday's practice.
Ponder Feels Ready To Play Against SeahawksMinnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder says his injured left shoulder is ready to go and he wants to start against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Coach Leslie Frazier says he'll wait until Saturday before making a decision. Ponder is still recovering from a dislocated left shoulder, but the right-handed quarterback was able to go through practice this week. He says he expects to be ready to go on Sunday. Ponder was injured in the third quarter of the Vikings' last game against Washington. That was a Thursday night game, though, so he's had a little extra time to treat the injury and prepare for the Seahawks.
Vikings Jerome Simpson Apologizes For DWI Arrest, Status For Sunday UncertainJerome Simpson was arrested Saturday on suspicion of drunk driving. His status for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks is not known. The status of injured quarterback Christian Ponder for Sunday's game will be determined later in the week. Harrison Smith is progressing in his rehab and believes he can avoid surgery. Cordarrelle Patterson's jersey and shoes from the Green Bay Packers game on Oct. 27 are on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
5 Things To Know After Vikings Rally Past Redskins Entering the critical third year of his career, Christian Ponder contributed to Minnesota's three straight losses to start the season. Then he broke a rib. After sitting out a game to heal, he found himself on the bench for two more weeks.
Loadholt Out; Depth Becoming A Problem For Minnesota VikingsThe Minnesota Vikings will be without Phil Loadholt Thursday against the Washington Redskins. The starting right offensive tackle suffered a concussion against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. The Vikings list six players as out for Thursday's game. They also list two as doubtful, one as questionable and three as probable.
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.
Ailing Vikings Rule Loadholt Out Vs. Redskins The Minnesota Vikings have a long list of ailing starters and not much time before their next game.
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.
Spielman: 'Leslie Frazier Is Not Going Anywhere' While three straight blowout losses have turned up the heat on Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and his staff, general manager Rick Spielman says the organization stands firmly behind its head coach and is optimistic things will turn around this season.
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.
Frazier: Ponder To Start For Vikings At Dallas Christian Ponder will start at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier made the announcement on Friday.
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.
Frazier: Ponder Or Freeman Will Start Vs. Dallas Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says he will decide later this week whether Josh Freeman or Christian Ponder will start at quarterback against Dallas on Sunday.