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Standing+tall+and+laying+low Tight end Kyle Rudolph, the Vikings' fourth-highest paid player, is back from injury, but still exercising patience as the Vikings work through protection woes in the passing game. [Full Story]

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Vikings get easy stretch of schedule out of bye, can they capitalize? Posted by Andrew Krammer | 5 hours ago At the bye week, the Vikings get extra time to prepare for the easiest stretch in their schedule. They face five consecutive opponents either in some form of turmoil or rebuilding, and a run is necessary with a tough slate at the end of the year. [Full Story]
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TomCast, ep. 26: NFL meetings, Greg Hardy, New facility for Vikes. Posted by 1500ESPN | 17 hours ago In this edition of the TomCast, Tom Pelissero is in New York for the NFL meetings. Tom recaps the controversial ending to the Lions/Seahawks game. Also, why is Greg Hardy playing while Ray Rice has been basically blackballed from the league? Tom explains the simple answer. The Vikings are closing in on a new facility. Tom shares some notes on that, and more. [Click to listen]
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Kyle Rudolph exercising patience as Vikings work out protection woes Posted by Andrew Krammer | 24 hours ago Rudolph, the Vikings' fourth-highest paid player, has exercised patience as the offense works out kinks in pass protection, which keeps him tighter to the line of scrimmage or downfield without a consistently protected quarterback. [Full Story]
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Krammer: Spielman not averse to more moves, so what about Patterson? Posted by Andrew Krammer | 1 day ago The Vikings just offloaded depth at one position to bolster a weaker link in the team's chain. After the move, Vikings GM Rick Spielman didn't sound averse to more action. Could disappointing receiver Cordarrelle Patterson be next? [Full Story]
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Zulgad: Vikings' decision to deal Hodges now is curious move at best Posted by Judd Zulgad | 1 day ago The Vikings traded starting middle linebacker Gerald Hodges to San Francisco on Monday and appeared to receive no help for 2015 in return. As Judd Zulgad writes, that seems like an odd move for GM Rick Spielman to make four games into the season. [Full Story]
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Through four games, Adrian Peterson in offense still seeking identity Posted by Andrew Krammer | 2 days ago "I think because we didn't have [Peterson] last year, I think that's part of the process coaches and players are going through -- is, 'OK, what do we do well?'" general manager Rick Spielman said Tuesday. [Full Story]
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No competition: Blair Walsh 'is our kicker,' GM Rick Spielman says Posted by Andrew Krammer | 3 days ago Walsh has missed two field goals and an extra point this season, including a 38-yard field goal attempt in a 23-20 loss at Denver on Sunday. But there will be no competition as of now, GM Rick Spielman said. [Full Story]
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Vikings trade LB Gerald Hodges to Niners, get pick and C Nick Easton Posted by Andrew Krammer | 3 days ago Hodges, 24, was the Vikings' starting middle linebacker after winning the job in the preseason. The Vikings received a sixth-round pick and rookie center Nick Easton from the 49ers. [Full Story]
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Mike Wallace not at Vikings practice, Charles Johnson still held out Posted by Andrew Krammer | 3 days ago Entering the bye week, the Vikings were without receivers Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson during the open portion of practice on Tuesday. Jarius Wright (hand) was practicing. [Full Story]
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Film review: Bridgewater continues to see blitz, responds well in loss Posted by Andrew Krammer | 3 days ago Bridgewater has been blitzed nearly as much as any quarterback in the NFL through four weeks, and that was on display Sunday as the Broncos jumped on an outmatched Vikings' front, bottling up Adrian Peterson. [Full Story]
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Film review: Secondary trades blows with Peyton, run 'D' springs leak Posted by Andrew Krammer | 3 days ago Sparse blitzes and expansive coverage offered mixed results as Manning completed four passes for 20 or more yards, doing enough to sneak away with a 23-20 victory over the Vikings despite tossing two interceptions that led to 10 points for Minnesota. [Full Story]
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Zimmer likes the pieces, Vikings still trying to 'put it all together' Posted by Derek Wetmore | 4 days ago Zimmer said Monday that his team is still trying to get "over the hump." When faced with big situations, he said, some defensive players are more keen on making a play than fulfilling their assignment, which can be costly. [Full Story]
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Purple Podcast: Bridgewater, Vikings show resiliency in this road loss Posted by Andrew Krammer | 4 days ago On this episode of the Purple Podcast, Judd Zulgad and Andrew Krammer discuss the Vikings' 23-20 loss in Denver. It's a loss, but this road 'L' showed resiliency by a young team. We talk Bridgewater's big fourth quarter, Peterson, Barr, more [Full Story]
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Notebook: Blair Walsh's uneven leg looms large in Vikings' loss Posted by Andrew Krammer | 5 days ago Blair Walsh joins a chorus of NFL kickers who put struggles on display in Week 4. Rookie Stefon Diggs came up big, but fumbled twice in the Vikings' receiver carousel. And which two Vikings continue to draw too many flags? [Full Story]
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Zulgad: Whose offense is this anyway? That much remains unclear Posted by Judd Zulgad | 5 days ago Teddy Bridgewater's play in the second half of the Vikings' loss Sunday at Denver provided the organization with reason for optimism. But it remains unclear whether Norv Turner wants Bridgewater or Adrian Peterson to be the star of this show. [Full Story]
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Sports Schedule
# Name Age Ht. Wt. Pos.
44 Asiata, Matt 6-0 234 RB
55 Barr, Anthony 23 6-5 255 LB
61 Berger, Joe 6-5 305 C
36 Blanton, Robert 6-1 200 S
5 Bridgewater, Teddy 22 6-2 210 QB
60 Bykowski, Carter 6-7 313 OL
68 Clemmings, T.J. 6-5 309 OL
57 Cole, Audie 6-5 239 LB
95 Crichton, Scott 6-3 273 DE
14 Diggs, Stefon 6-0 195 WR
85 Ellison, Rhett 6-5 250 TE
32 Exum, Antone 24 6-0 219 S
76 Faciane, Isame 6-4 302 OG
73 Floyd, Sharrif 6-3 305 DT
86 Ford, Chase 6-6 255 TE
15 Fruechte, Isaac 6-3 202 WR
63 Fusco, Brandon 6-4 306 C
52 Greenway, Chad 32 6-2 242 LB
97 Griffen, Everson 27 6-3 273 DE
79 Harris, Mike 31 6-5 318 OT
6 Heinicke, Taylor 6-1 210 QB
13 Hill, Shaun 6-3 220 QB
50 Hodges, Gerald 24 6-2 243 LB
12 Johnson, Charles 6-2 215 WR
92 Johnson, Tom 31 6-3 288 DT
98 Joseph, Linval 6-4 323 DT
75 Kalil, Matt - - LT
48 Line, Zach 6-1 233 FB
71 Loadholt, Phil 29 6-8 343 OT
18 Locke, Jeff 26 6-0 203 P
31 McKinnon, Jerick 5-9 208 RB
24 Munnerlyn, Captain 27 5-9 195 CB
84 Patterson, Cordarrelle 6-3 205 WR
45 Peters, Brian 6-4 235 LB
28 Peterson, Adrian 30 6-1 217 RB
25 Price, Jabari 5-11 200 CB
83 Pruitt, MyCole 6-2 258 TE
29 Rhodes, Xavier 6-1 215 CB
21 Robinson, Josh - - CB
40 Robinson, Edmond 6-3 245 LB
96 Robison, Brian 32 6-3 259 DE
82 Rudolph, Kyle 25 6-6 259 TE
34 Sendejo, Andrew - - S
74 Shepherd, Austin 6-4 327 OL
35 Sherels, Marcus 5-10 175 CB
78 Sirles, Jeremiah 6-6 315 OT
22 Smith, Harrison - - S
93 Stephen, Shamar 6-5 310 DT
65 Sullivan, John 30 6-4 301 C
19 Thielen, Adam 6-2 195 WR
94 Trattou, Justin 31 6-4 250 DE
11 Wallace, Mike 29 6-0 199 WR
3 Walsh, Blair - - PK
58 Watts, Brandon 6-2 231 LB
26 Waynes, Trae 6-0 190 CB
43 Williams, Dominique 5-9 205 RB
17 Wright, Jarius - - WR
66 Yankey, David 6-6 315 OG