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NFL: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings - Sun, 20 Dec 2015 17:03:29 EST
Zulgad: Jerick McKinnon figures to see expanded role in Vikings’ offense

MANKATO – Jerick McKinnon arrived at Vikings’ training camp with a simple motto: Just keep working. Two days into practice, that hasn’t been a problem for the third-year running back. Adrian Peterson has done the…


Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) and head coach Mike Zimmer share a laugh during the first day of the NFL teams football training camp at Mankato State University in Mankato, Minn. on Friday, July, 29, 2016.(AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
Zimmer reveals hamstring injury has held Peterson back at practice

MANKATO — Adrian Peterson on Saturday was held out of his second consecutive day of practice with what head coach Mike Zimmer described as a hamstring pull. “Working out, like the week before [training camp],…


Minnesota Vikings players including Charles Johnson (12) begin their OTA practuce at the Vikings practice facility Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in Eden Prairie, Minn.(AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
Even with added receiver competiton, it could be Charles (Johnson) in charge

MANKATO — Jersey in hand, Charles Johnson was all smiles and sweat as he left the field at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato following Saturday morning’s walk-through. Why wouldn’t he be smiling? He’s healthy again and…


Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph (98) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Back on the field, Joseph and Floyd will be two keys to Vikings defense

BY JOE OBERLE MANKATO — Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer’s defense is often noted as being a unit on the rise. But, just like the offense had trouble in the passing game last season, the defense…


Minnesota Vikings offensive guard Michael Harris (79) is shown during a timeout in an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Vikings guard Mike Harris says he has no timeline for return from illness

MANKATO – Vikings guard Mike Harris needs medical clearance for a head issue before he can return to Vikings practice, he said Saturday. Harris is currently on the Non-Football Illness list stemming from an issue…


NFL: Minnesota Vikings-Minicamp - Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:12:35 EDT
Injury that sidelined Cordarrelle Patterson from practice believed to be minor

MANKATO — Cordarrelle Patterson’s injury shouldn’t cause an extended absence, a source told 1500 ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson. The injury, which Patterson sustained when he hit the ground hard after catching a pass in Friday’s practice…


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Claudell Louis, a defensive tackle born in Haiti, signs with Vikings

MANKATO — The Vikings have added some more depth to the defensive line for training camp. The team announced Saturday that it has signed Claudell Louis, a rookie defensive tackle from Fresno State. Louis went…


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One day into camp, things not going according to plan for offensive line

By Joe Oberle MANKATO — At most Vikings training camps, little attention is paid to the daily grind and grunting of the offensive line drills. That changed this offseason when the line became the focus…


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Zulgad: Desirable destination: Michael Griffin happy to get opportunity with Vikings

MANKATO – Michael Griffin’s agent received a few calls from NFL teams last February after the safety was released by the Tennessee Titans, but the one that intrigued him the most came from the Vikings.…


NFL: Minnesota Vikings-Minicamp - Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:12:32 EDT
Adrian Peterson held out of Vikings practice, Cordarrelle Patterson leaves early

MANKATO — Running back Adrian Peterson did not participate in full during Vikings practice Friday. He spent the first portion of practice on a side field with a head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman running through a series of…


NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals - Thu, 10 Dec 2015 23:47:01 EST
Sporting News lists Peterson, Moss among most hated NFL players of all time

It’s no secret that Adrian Peterson had his name in the news for the wrong reasons two years ago. Still, it was a little surprising for me when I read that the Sporting News considers…


This is a 2016 photo of Alex Boone of the Minnesota Vikings NFL football team. This image reflects the Minnesota Vikings active roster as of Thursday, June 9, 2016 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
Alex Boone adds the tough, mean and nasty to Vikings’ O-line

BY: JOE OBERLE MANKATO — It’s hard to miss offensive guard Alex Boone. Not because he’s 6-8, 310 pounds (although that helps), but because he’s a bundle of energy. The past spring the Vikings’ biggest…


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NFI/PUP: 4 Vikings players, including QB Heinicke, out for start of camp

MANKATO — The Vikings on Friday announced that four players will not begin training camp with the rest of the team. Defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis and tight end Rhett Ellison have been placed on the…


MLB: Miami Marlins at Minnesota Twins - Tue, 07 Jun 2016 19:25:12 EDT
5 thoughts: Twins trade Eduardo Nunez to Giants for good pitching prospect

Rob Antony has completed the first of what should be several trades ahead of Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline. Eduardo Nunez is now a member of the San Francisco Giants, and the Twins got a pitching…


Dec 6, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles (5) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 27-3. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Zulgad: On second thought, Nick Foles to Vikings actually makes some sense

MANKATO – There was a time, not that long ago, when the Vikings would arrive in Mankato and proceed to hold their breath hoping that that their starting quarterback situation would work itself out. That…


NFL: NFC Wild Card-Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings
4 thoughts: Superhuman Peterson, Walsh’s response, O-line and the vets

MANKATO – Turn down Ellis Avenue on the campus of Minnesota State-Mankato, the buzz becomes palpable as you approach the small mob of purple-wearing Vikings fans. Some are there to get an up-close look at…


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Report Date: External expectations are greater this year for NFC North champs

By: Joe Oberle MANKATO — The Minnesota Vikings reported to Minnesota State University—Mankato for training camp on July 28. For the rookies and undrafted free agents stumbling off a bus from Winter Park, it’s a…


Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, right, talks with  quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Vikings reward Mike Zimmer with contract extension

That didn’t take long. Two years into his tenure as Vikings coach, Mike Zimmer has been rewarded with a contract extension. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman announced that Zimmer had received the extension on Thursday…


Dec 6, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles (5) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 27-3. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Report: Vikings could be a landing spot for QB Nick Foles

Could Nick Foles be headed to the Vikings? The veteran quarterback, released on Wednesday by the Los Angeles Rams, is looking for work and, according to a tweet from Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, “Source…


MLB: Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins - Sun, 12 Jun 2016 16:40:27 EDT
Wetmore: I wouldn’t trade these 5 Twins players

MINNEAPOLIS – “Untouchable is a funny word,” Twins GM Rob Antony said this week. “Because the minute you say yes to [a player being off limits in trade talks], somebody might come at you and…


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