Vikings Rumors & News

  • 22h
    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    Bridgewater: It feels pretty good. I'm making progress each day.

  • Vikings Take Down Falcons, 41-28

    Daily Norseman "No Adrian Peterson? No Kyle Rudolph? No Brandon Fusco? No problem. The Minnesota Vikings managed to come out of their Week 4 contest against the Atlanta Falcons with a much-needed victory, and they did it with one of the more explosive offensive displays that we've seen in recent..." September 29

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    Matt Vensel @mattvensel

    Zimmer said he sees Jerick McKinnon as a change of pace and mentions next year when talking about him becoming an every-down back.

  • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer optimistic about Teddy Bridgewater playing Thursday

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday he’s “hopeful” rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will play Thursday at Green Bay. Bridgewater suffered a sprained left ankle early in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 41-28 win over Atlanta. Zimmer said an MRI taken Sunday night came back “clean” and..." September 29

  • Adrian Peterson sent motivational text to Vikings before 41-28 win "Adrian Peterson wasn't in attendance for the Vikings 41-28 win over Atlanta on Sunday, but he he did have a message for the team. Just before kickoff, Peterson sent a text message to coach Mike Zimmer, who read the text to the team, several players told KSTP-AM in Minnesota. Vikings running..." September 29

  • Captain Munnerlyn says NFL sided with him on “bad call”

    Twin Cities "Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said Friday he was not fined by the NFL for an unnecessary roughness penalty incurred last Sunday on New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees. “I’m kind of excited,’’ Munnerlyn told the Pioneer Press. “It was a bad call. They made a mistake.’’ A source..." September 28

  • Cordarrelle Patterson hasn't lobbied for more carries "Minnesota's Cordarrelle Patterson was one of the juiciest stories coming out of Week 1 after the freakishly athletic wideout tortured the Rams with three carries for 102 yards on the ground. In the two games since, the Adrian Peterson-free Vikings have handed Patterson the rock only once. With..." September 26

  • NFL sponsors avoid Ravens, Vikings due to off-the-field incidents, per report

    SB Nation "A report from The Hollywood Reporter claims that multiple NFL sponsors asked for their ads to be removed from games featuring the Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings amid off-the-field scandals. The impact of the scandals surrounding former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and..." September 25

  • Teddy Bridgewater gets busy being 'the guy'

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "It's been a whirlwind lately for Teddy Bridgewater. Yet he was able to pause early this week to realize how far he has come. The Vikings' rookie quarterback will make his first NFL start Sunday against Atlanta at TCF Bank Stadium. It comes after veteran Matt Cassel broke his left foot last week..." September 25

  • Adrian Peterson Graded Himself As An A+ Father In 2012 Interview

    NESN "Adrian Peterson’s parenting skills have come under fire following his indictment on a felony charge of injury to a child. But in 2012, the Minnesota Vikings running back had all the confidence in the world in his abilities as a father. During a 2012 interview with Yahoo’s Graham Bensinger,..." September 24

  • Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel out for the season

    USA Today "It appears it'll be the Teddy Bridgewater show the rest of the season for the Minnesota Vikings. The team put quarterback Matt Cassel on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday because of the bones he broke in his left foot during last weekend's loss at New Orleans. That means Bridgewater –..." September 24

  • Report: Vikings Bringing Back McLeod Bethel-Thompson

    Daily Norseman "With the injury to Matt Cassel, there were probably plenty of players that the Minnesota Vikings could have signed to round out their quarterback depth chart. However, it appears that in Minnesota's eyes. . . THERE COULD BE. . .ONLY ONE! Yes, there are reports surfacing that the Minnesota..." September 23

  • Ponder now backup, ready if needed

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "We might not have seen the last of Christian Ponder just yet. With Matt Cassel hurt and Teddy Bridgewater elevated to starting quarterback, Ponder — the 2011 first-round pick whose time with the Vikings appeared to have passed — will enter this week as Bridgewater’s backup after spending the..." September 23

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    Per source, Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph's MRI showed he needs surgery and he will be out for about six weeks.

  • Sources: Peterson 'doesn't get it' "Adrian Peterson still has not come to grips with the prospect that his 2014 season has all but officially ended and that his future in the NFL is uncertain, multiple sources have told ESPN. Even if Peterson reaches a plea deal on a child abuse charge with Texas prosecutors, the NFL will..." September 22

  • Matt Cassel has broken foot, which means it’s Teddy Time

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings’ starting quarterback job is Teddy Bridgewater’s for the forseeable future. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters after the game that starter Matt Cassel has several broken bones in his foot, which means the job is Bridgewater’s by default. Asked if Bridgewater was his starter..." September 21

  • Teddy Bridgewater era begins for Minnesota

    Pro Football Talk "As the current face of the franchise has gotten a stiff arm to the face from the franchise, the next face of the franchise will be getting his first crack at making an impact on the field. Vikings quarterback Matt Cassell has left the playing area on a cart, with a toe injury. Which means that..." September 21

  • Vikings 'do not foresee' Adrian Peterson 'in their future' "Adrian Peterson's season is in serious jeopardy as he remains on the Commissioner Exempt list after an indictment for child-abuse charges. He continues to collect money from the Vikings but remains deactivated. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Peterson "is in denial" about his short- and..." September 21

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    Kevin Seifert @SeifertESPN

    And in Week 3, we get appearances from Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr. Top 4 QBs drafted.

  • Vikings prepare for loud environment against desperate opponent

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Adam Zimmer is now the Vikings linebackers coach, but he was on the opposite sideline during the 2009 NFC Championship Game. Serving as an assistant linebackers coach for the Saints against the Vikings, Zimmer recalled the defense having helmet communicator issues because of the deafening noise..." September 20

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    Master Tesfatsion @MasterStrib

    #Vikings signed WR Charles Johnson off the Browns practice squad to the 53-man roster.

  • Vikings release WR Jerome Simpson

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings are parting ways with Jerome Simpson. The club announced Thursday evening it had released Simpson, a veteran wideout who’s serving the final week of a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The decision to move on from Simpson comes after news of..." September 19

  • Suspended Vikings receiver Simpson in more trouble with law

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Jerome Simpson, already under a three-game NFL suspension for a DUI arrest last year, is in more trouble. The Vikings receiver was cited July 7 on charges of marijuana possession, open bottle and violating a limited drivers license, according to Hennepin County Court records. He has a Nov. 3..." September 18

  • Adrian Peterson is most likely done in Minnesota

    Pro Football Talk "In the immediate aftermath of the child-abuse charges filed against Adrian Peterson, it seemed probable that he wouldn’t be playing for the Vikings after the 2014 season. It’s now likely that Peterson will never wear a Vikings uniform again. Essentially suspended with pay until his legal case..." September 18

  • Adrian Peterson’s mother defends son’s parenting

    Houston Chronicle "Seated on a couch at her home overlooking a golf course in Spring, Bonita Jackson dabbed her eyes with a tissue as she discussed her distress over the highly charged debate that’s playing out over allegations that her son, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, injured his 4-year-old son..." September 18

  • Captain Munnerlyn: Peterson 'should be able to play football' "Vikings owner Zygi Wilf on Wednesday called Adrian Peterson's deactivation the "right decision" for his embattled organization, but not everyone inside the building agrees. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn later told reporters that he was mystified by Peterson landing on the Exempt/Commissioner's..." September 17

  • With Adrian Peterson's cloudy future, Vikings may try to terminate his deal "The Minnesota Vikings reached a threshold sometime very early Tuesday morning where the potential cost of trying to win with Adrian Peterson -- because of mounting pressure from sponsors, fans and the media -- finally outweighed their initial desire to continue trying to win with the All-Pro. That..." September 17

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Whether Adrian Peterson plays again this year will depend on when legal case is resolved. But Vikings intend to bring him back, per sources.

  • Vikings deactivate Adrian Peterson indefinitely

    USA Today "The Minnesota Vikings placed Adrian Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, requiring the running back to abstain from team activities during his child-abuse case, the team announced Wednesday morning. Peterson was indicted last Thursday on a charge that he injured his 4-year-old..." September 17

  • Zygi Wilf: 'We made a mistake and we need to get it right'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Pressure on the Vikings to bench Adrian Peterson mounted Tuesday, and early Wednesday morning the team gave in. “We made a mistake,” said co-owner Zygi Wilf at a morning news conference, “and we need to get this right.” The Vikings placed the star running back on the exempt/commissioner’s..." September 17

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    ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk

    Don't be surprised if Vikings reverse course on letting Adrian Peterson play this Sunday. Hearing that Monday's decision could change.

  • Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton: Peterson's actions 'a public embarassment'

    Kare 11 "Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says Vikings running back Adrian Peterson should have stayed suspended until an accusation of child abuse was resolved in the legal system. Peterson is accused in Texas of using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son. The governor said in a statement to KARE..." September 16

  • Peterson faced accusation in 2013 "Adrian Peterson, already facing felony charges in Texas for child abuse, was accused in a previous incident involving another son who was 4 years old, KHOU-TV in Houston has reported. They are allegations the Minnesota Vikings running back's lawyer says were unfounded and more than a year..." September 16

  • Nike pulls Peterson merchandise out of stores in Twin Cities

    Fox Sports "Are you looking for a Adrian Peterson jersey? Nike has decided — in the wake of the scandal involving the Vikings running back and his indictment for alleged child abuse — to pull all Peterson merchandise out of their stores located in the Twin Cities area. So, if you're in Minneapolis or St...." September 16

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    Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

    #NFL says #Vikings Adrian Peterson and #Panthers Greg Hardy under review. New hire Lisa Friel _ former NY prosecutor _ examining both.

  • Radisson Hotels Suspends Vikings Sponsorship "If we learned anything from the NBA's Donald Sterling saga, it was that public outrage alone is not enough to force sports leagues to act. It only became clear that the NBA would take a serious stand with Sterling when sponsors began fleeing the Clippers in droves. A similar moment may be..." September 16

  • Could Condoleezza Rice Replace Roger Goodell As Commissioner Of The NFL? "While there are still many questions to be answered as the NFL investigates its handling of Ray Rice's assault case, there are already a handful of prominent voices calling for commissioner Roger Goodell to step down and an intriguing candidate to take his place. U.S. Senator Kirsten..." September 16

  • Whippings part of Adrian Peterson's childhood

    USA Today "David Cummings and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson still talk about the frequent whippings Peterson's father administered — and one whipping in particular. Cummings says he and Peterson were leaving football practice while in middle school when Peterson's father, Nelson, was..." September 16

  • Adrian Peterson -- ANOTHER Child Abuse Investigation ... AP Cleared "Sources close to the investigation tell TMZ the reason the case went nowhere is because Adrian did NOT strike the boy in the forehead -- but instead the child accidentally hit his head on a carseat while Adrian was punishing him. We're also told the form of discipline was "not impermissible."..." September 16

  • Vikings message board shuts down, calls handling of Peterson 'cowardly' ", which has been in existence since at least 2005, has shuttered its virtual doors for good. Not surprisingly, this has everything to do with running back Adrian Peterson, who was released Saturday on $15,000 bond following his arrest for "reckless or negligent injury to..." September 16

  • Adrian Peterson reinstated by Vikings, expected to play at Saints

    USA Today "The Minnesota Vikings are standing behind Adrian Peterson. The team announced Monday that its star halfback will fully participate in meetings and practice this week and is expected to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings had deactivated Peterson, 29, for their game..." September 16

  • Vikings won’t cut Adrian Peterson, but may trade him

    New York Post "All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson could be on the trading block if even uglier details emerge from his felony child abuse case in Houston, The Post has learned. An NFL source familiar with the thinking of the Vikings’ ownership group said Sunday the only certainty is Peterson won’t be..." September 16

  • Frustrated Vikings fans calling for Bridgewater at QB "While the media and fans hotly debated the social, cultural and legal implications of running back Adrian Peterson's treatment of his 4-year-old son, there was no debating the impact of the player being inactive for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. It was so bad that by the..." September 15

  • Adrian Peterson: I am not a child abuser

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is expected to return to the lineup in Week Three after missing Sunday’s loss to the Patriots after being indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child in Houston last week. Peterson released a statement on Monday saying that he “very much”..." September 15

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    Adrian Peterson @AdrianPeterson

  • The backward career arc of former New England Patriots QB Matt Cassel

    Mass Live "It all began early for Matt Cassel, especially on Saturdays, usually along the Santa Monica coast. Matt Cassel was 14 or 15 when he began running the beaches on weekend mornings, running stairs, urging the family to keep up. “He’d challenge all of us in the living room to hold our planks to..." September 14

  • Vikings GM: All options are on the table with Adrian Peterson

    Pro Football Talk "The Minnesota Vikings are not ruling out anything with running back Adrian Peterson, including the possibility that he may have played his last game in Minnesota. Rick Spielman, the Vikings’ Executive V.P. and General Manager, told Sal Paolantonio of ESPN that the team wasn’t aware that..." September 14

  • Peterson, Vikings are on the same page, for now

    Pro Football Talk "While it remains to be seen what the Vikings will do with running back Adrian Peterson going forward, the Vikings and Peterson currently are on the same page regarding his absence from the team for Sunday’s home opener against the Patriots. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s..." September 14

  • Adrian Peterson's status in flux, could miss more than just one game "With Vikings All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson facing an indictment on child abuse charges after allegedly striking his four-year-old son repeatedly with a branch, and the NFL announcing it is reviewing the case under the league's personal conduct policy, his future, short and long-term, is in..." September 14

  • NFL reviewing Adrian Peterson under personal-conduct policy

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has confirmed that Adrian Peterson, who was indicted on a charge of injury to a child for striking his 4-year-old son, could be disciplined under the league’s personal-conduct policy. “This will be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy,” the league said in a brief..." September 14