Vikings Rumors & News

  • Ben Leber denies existence of bounty program for 2009 Vikings

    Pro Football Talk "The 2009 Vikings had a bounty program of their own. Unless they didn’t. Former Vikings linebacker Ben Leber has strongly denied a claim for former Vikings guard Artis Hicks that the team victimized by the Saints’ bounty scandal had a bounty program of its own. “I never heard of any bounty..." October 27

  • Mike Zimmer denies details of slaughtered stuffed animal story

    Sportress of Blogitude "Mike Zimmer earlier this week was at the center of a story surrounding one of most bizarre motivational tactics ever employed in NFL history. To hear it from the Minnesota Vikings head coach, though, he wasn’t the individual behind it. Details surfaced in the wake of the Vikings’ disappointing..." October 27

  • Poll finds anthem protests hurting NFL ratings

    ESPN "A variety of factors are leading to fans watching NFL games for fewer minutes this season, but a poll taken this week suggests that protests over the national anthem are the most dominant factor. In a Seton Hall Sports Poll released Thursday, 56 percent of those surveyed said they believed fans..." October 27

  • Goodell defends NFL policies, says league has ‘made tremendous progress’ on domestic violence

    New York Daily News "Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara admitted this week to his and the team's "misguided decisions" with regard to ex-kicker Josh Brown's domestic violence case. But NFL commissioner Roger Goodell offered up no such contrition Wednesday night when he made his first public..." October 27

  • Artis Hicks: Vikings had a bounty program like the Saints’

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL cracked down severely on the Saints and many of their players and coaches after an investigation revealed a bounty program with cash payouts to players who injured opponents. The game most frequently cited as an example of the Saints attempting to injure an opponent was the NFC..." October 26

  • There Are No Elite Teams in 2016

    The Ringer "For the first time in weeks, the NFL was the only show in town on Sunday night. With the World Series matchup set and the three presidential debates mercifully a thing of the past, Sunday Night Football took center stage as the weekend wound to a close. What followed was a game that will likely be..." October 25

  • One day later, Mike Zimmer is still salty and vowing to “change things up”

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wasn’t happy with his team’s performance after Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia. A day later, he’s still upset. “We’re trying to figure out everything right now,” Zimmer said Monday, via Chris Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “This is a gut check day. . . . We’re..." October 24

  • Sam Bradford stiffs former teammate Carson Wentz following game

    Sportsnaut "You don’t need to be a genius to understand that Sam Bradford’s relationship with the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t end on the best of notes. Bradford signed a two-year extension with Philadelphia during the spring, only to see the team trade up for the rights to select Carson Wentz No. 2 overall..." October 24

  • There's concern Teddy Bridgewater might never make it back to the NFL

    CBS Sports "Before the 2016 season began, Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a horrific knee injury that knocked him out of the year. Minnesota traded for Sam Bradford not just to secure the position this year, but for next season as well. And the Vikings could need help for even longer...." October 24

  • Eagles' stifling defense flusters Bradford, Vikings

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Most of the pre-game hype was about the quarterbacks - one who used to play for the Philadelphia Eagles and one who still does. In the end, however, it was the defense that carried the Eagles to a 21-10 upset of the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. The..." October 23

  • Mike Zimmer calls out “soft” offensive line after “embarrassing” loss

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It took Mike Zimmer a dozen words to get to the one that best described his team’s 21-10 loss to the Eagles here in Philadelphia — “embarrassing.” “It was embarrassing in at least two of the phases,” the head coach said, “and I’m very disappointed in the performance that we gave today. We..." October 23

  • Vikings will get 7th-rounder from Eagles if they reach NFC title game

    ESPN "The Minnesota Vikings will receive an additional draft pick -- in the seventh round -- from the Philadelphia Eagles if they advance to the NFC Championship Game as one more condition attached to the summer trade of quarterback Sam Bradford, according to league sources. The announced deal had..." October 23

  • Vikings' McKinnon sporting 'RIP Harambe' cleats

    USA Today "We've seen a number of high quality customized cleats during the 2016 season. Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon's set may be the best yet. He wore this pair for warmups before Minnesota's clash with the Eagles." October 23

  • Sam Bradford returns to Philly with better knowledge of Vikings offense

    Pro Football Talk "At one point, it appeared the Vikings and Eagles were on a collision course for a battle of unbeatens. But Philly failed to hold up its end of the bargain, losing a pair of games after the bye. The Vikings now emerge from their own bye, with quarterback Sam Bradford saying “hello” again to the..." October 22

  • Goodell blames fans for not understanding NFL’s domestic violence policy

    The Comeback "Roger Goodell gave an interview to BBC Sports, in which he essentially says the league’s handling of domestic violence suspensions is fine. He blames fan ignorance or narrow-mindedness for the perception that he’s not going far enough. Roger Goodell is essentially the man behind the curtain,..." October 22

  • Introduces “Roster Options,” Which Is Basically a Way to Profit Off People Cheating at Fantasy Football

    Total Pro Sports "One of the key components of fantasy football is agonizing over your weekly roster, trying to decide which players are due for a big game and which should remain on the bench. It’s what makes fantasy football gratifying. If we didn’t have to use knowledge and instinct to make tough choices, we..." October 22

  • Sam Bradford won’t “try to do anything special” because he’s facing Eagles

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Fifty-two mornings ago, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford left locker rooms and headed to practice fields in Eden Prairie and Philadelphia, respectively. They warmed up 1,167 miles apart, yet were mere moments from their worlds beginning to collide when Bridgewater’s left knee collapsed in a..." October 20

  • The NFL is cracking down hard on illegal celebrations. Players and fans ask, why?

    Washington Post "Twerking? Don’t do it, Antonio Brown. Shooting a fake bow and arrow? No way, Josh Norman and Brandin Cooks. Taking off your helmet? Nope, Odell Beckham Jr. Shooting a jump shot over the crossbar? Forget about it, Vernon Davis. NFL officials are throwing penalty flags for illegal..." October 20

  • FOX apologizes for Sam Bradford photoshop fiasco

    Pro Football Talk "In a season of apologies of all shapes and sizes, FOX has responded for its attempt to blend two Vikings quarterbacks into one. A promo of the Week Seven Vikings-Eagles game had a real photo of Philly quarterback Carson Wentz along with an image of Sam Bradford that consisted of slapping..." October 19

  • Sagging NFL TV ratings leave owners scrambling for answers

    USA Today "It’s an election year, silly. That wasn’t the entire company line, but the impact of the dramatic presidential election cycle was certainly a prevailing sentiment as NFL owners gathered Tuesday for their quarterly meeting and assessed the league's unusual and precipitous dip in TV..." October 19

  • VIkings Cut OL Isame Faciane After DUI Arrest

    Pro Football Rumors "The Vikings are releasing offensive lineman Isame Faciane from the practice squad, as Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press writes. The news comes after Faciane was arrested last week on suspicion of drunk driving. Taking his place on the 10-man practice squad will be cornerback Tre Roberson...." October 18

  • Vikings defensive coordinator was arrested for DWI, pleaded to careless driving

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in May and pleaded guilty in August to a misdemeanor charge of careless driving, court records show. The Pioneer Press learned of the arrest Tuesday. In a statement, the Vikings said Edwards notified the..." October 18

  • Sean McDonough rips NFL officiating, blames it for ratings decline

    Larry Brown Sports "The Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets did not exactly put on a great show Monday night, and the officiating didn’t help. Head official Jerome Boger and his crew threw a whopping 19 penalty flags, making the game — which was never close — extremely hard to watch. Ratings have been down across..." October 18

  • Anthony Barr Gives Secret To Vikings Defense

    TMZ "Vikings star Anthony Barr says Minnesota's M.V.P. may NOT be on the field ... it might be the big guy above ... ya know, Prince!! TMZ Sports ran into Barr last week at LAX ... and had to ask him whether he thought the undefeated Vikings were getting outside help from the late pop icon and..." October 17

  • Vikings practice squader arrested for drunken driving

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Isame Faciane, a member of the Vikings’ practice squad, was arrested Wednesday by St. Louis Park police on suspicion of drunken driving. The 25-year-old Louisiana native faces three misdemeanor charges, including fourth-degree drunken driving and driving without a valid license. According to..." October 14

  • Donald Trump makes fun of NFL concussion protocol

    247 Sports "Donald Trump is apparently not a fan of the NFL's concussion protocol. The Republican nominee for president made fun of the amount of time players miss now due to head injuries. The NFL has made significant changes in its concussion protocol over the past few years. While players often miss a..." October 13

  • Vikings Fan Living in Packers Country Stabbed 7 Times While Defending Inflatable Yard Decoration

    Complex "A Vikings fan living smack dab in the middle of Packers country was stabbed seven times with a box cutter on Sunday after confronting a Green Bay fan who was attempting to destroy a giant inflatable Vikings player he has in his yard. Dave Moschel, the 36-year-old owner of the inflatable, claims he..." October 11

  • Vikings sign former No. 1 overall pick Long to 1-year deal

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings are bringing in some veteran help on their offensive line. Minnesota is expected to sign offensive tackle Jake Long today, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Vikings needed some help on the line after putting their starting right tackle, Andre Smith, on injured reserve yesterday. " October 11

  • Vikings put Andre Smith on injured reserve

    Pro Football Talk "On Friday, Vikings right tackle Andre Smith dismissed a report that he would be placed on injured reserve as a result of the triceps injury that kept him out of Sunday’s victory over the Texans. Smith’s vow to stay off injured reserve didn’t turn out to have a long shelf life. Coach Mike Zimmer..." October 10

  • Packers-Vikings Christmas Eve game a cheaper ticket

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "What could be the most important game on the Green Bay Packers' schedule this season also has the cheapest home-field tickets. It's early, but it's fair to expect the Minnesota Vikings and the Packers will play for the NFL North Division title on Christmas Eve at Lambeau Field. It is the..." October 09

  • Vikings misspell DE Everson Griffen's name on uniform

    Sporting News "The Vikings' great start to the 2016 season continued Sunday with a 31-13 win over the Texans, but one error stood out during the game. Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen came out with his name misspelled on the back of his jersey. The tweet has it right. Minnesota's blunder has a strong..." October 09

  • Vikings (5-0) smother Texans, 31-13

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- The road has been unkind to the Houston Texans this season. Although in fairness, they've faced two of the NFL's hottest teams away from home. On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings were the latest team to rough up the visiting Texans. Minnesota sprinted to a big early lead, and..." October 09

  • Vikings To Consider Signing Veteran OT Jake Long

    NFL Trade Rumors "Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the Vikings are expected to consider signing veteran OT Jake Long, among other players, to a contract next week. Mortensen mentions that Long has a history with Vikings’ offensive line coach Tony Sparano from their time together in Miami. The Vikings..." October 09

  • Vikings WR Stefon Diggs out against Texans with groin injury

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who had been listed as doubtful, was ruled out of Sunday’s game against Houston at U.S. Bank Stadium with a groin strain. Diggs, who leads the Vikings with 25 receptions for 372 yards, was replaced by Adam Thielen. Diggs was inactive for the first time since his..." October 09

  • How can an NFL player go broke?

    Sporting News "How can an NFL player go broke? Originally answered on Sept. 7, 2016. This question originally appeared on Quora , the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. You can follow Quora on Twitter , Facebook , and Google+ . Any number of..." October 08

  • Ron Rivera jabs at Captain Munnerlyn over comments

    Larry Brown Sports "Ron Rivera coached Captain Munnerlyn at Carolina, and he’s more than happy to have a jab back at his former player. On Saturday, Rivera was asked if he wanted to respond to comments made by Munnerlyn, now with Minnesota, about how Carolina’s players fold when not playing well. “I just want..." October 08

  • Stefon Diggs (groin) listed as doubtful for Vikings "Sam Bradford will likely be without his top receiving target Sunday against the Houston Texans. The Minnesota Vikings listed Stefon Diggs as doubtful with a groin injury. Diggs didn't practice all week. Diggs started the season in monster fashion, averaging 142.5 receiving yards per game on..." October 07

  • Report: NFL Threatens To Fine Teams If They Use Too Much Footage On Social Media

    Deadspin "Buried in Albert Breer’s column for MMQB this morning was a nugget suggesting just how seriously the NFL is taking their declining primetime TV audiences. Ratings in the 18-t0-49 demographic have fallen between 12 and 16 percent for Thursday, Sunday, and Monday night games, and the NFL,..." October 07

  • Ratings Fumble for NFL Surprises Networks, Advertisers

    Pro Football Talk "Fewer people have been watching the NFL on TV this year. The NFL previously had said nothing about it. Now, the NFL has. And it’s along the lines of, “All is well.” “We’re missing some stars out there,” NFL media chief Brian Rolapp said, via the Wall Street Journal. Indeed they are, in part..." October 07

  • Vikings' response to Teddy Bridgewater injury has been to shut down every opponent

    Sporting News "The Vikings' defense has a motto: “If they don’t score, they don’t win.” The statement is cliche, and Captain Munnerlyn knows it. But the Vikings nickel cornerback says that when the squad suffered the loss of starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a knee injury in August, defensive players..." October 07

  • Struggling Vikings kicker Blair Walsh: ‘You’ve got to make kicks’

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "After another imperfect game, Vikings kicker Blair Walsh spent 59 seconds answering eight questions from the media with 10 brief sentences. Four weeks into a Vikings season defined mostly by positives, pressure continues to mount on the kicker, who is none too amused by the whole thing. How..." October 06

  • Vikings remain perfect, shut down visiting Giants

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- The only place the Minnesota Vikings look perfect is in the win-loss column. But for new quarterback Sam Bradford, that's enough for now. Bradford threw for a touchdown and played turnover-free football on Monday night as the Vikings beat the New York Giants 24-10 at U.S. Bank..." October 04

  • With Adrian Peterson in his ear, Vikings’ Jerick McKinnon has solid night

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "When Vikings running back Adrian Peterson went down with a knee injury last month, Jerick McKinnon got another coach. Since being lost at least until December, Peterson has been sending words of inspiration to McKinnon and fellow running back Matt Asiata. On Monday at U.S. Bank Stadium,..." October 04

  • Eagles hoped to get a second-round pick for Bradford before Vikings trade

    CBS Sports "Eagles GM Howie Roseman has appeared to have a golden touch in reworking his team, and the team surpassed some of its own expectations in some of its transactions, sources said. Sam Bradford's contract, signed in the offseason, was structured originally with an eye to potentially dealing him..." October 02

  • Vikings guard Alex Boone practices, on target to play against Giants

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Vikings guard Alex Boone practiced again Saturday, likely clearing the way for him to play Monday against the New York Giants. Boone suffered a hip injury and was taken off on a cart last Sunday at Carolina. He sat out Thursday, the first practice of the week, before returning on a limited..." October 01

  • Randy Moss still bleeds purple, likes what he sees from Sam Bradford

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "A few months back, it was announced that Randy Moss was leaving FOX and joining ESPN as an NFL analyst. As soon as he made the switch, he looked at the calendar and saw the Giants vs. Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium — a Monday Night Football game for which Moss will serve on ESPN’s Countdown program..." September 29

  • Senator introduces anti-online gambling bill to Congress

    Sportsnaut "Judicial and political systems at the state level continue to take up online gambling and daily fantasy sports. We’ve seen multiple instances in the past where online gaming itself has been banned at the state level. The most recent examples of this include daily fantasy sports in New York,..." September 29

  • Vikings Promote OL Willie Beavers

    Pro Football Rumors "The Vikings are set to promote offensive lineman Willie Beavers from the practice squad to the active roster, according to a team press release. In related moves, wide receiver Isaac Fruechte and guard Sean Hickey were added to the practice squad. Defensive back Julian Wilson was cut from the..." September 27

  • Zimmer explains Laquon Treadwell's on-field absence "By now, it shouldn't surprise anyone that the Vikings like to ease in their rookies with some tough love. Yet, here we are wondering why Laquon Treadwell has only played a pair of snaps over the first three games. "He has to continue to do better in practice," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer..." September 27

  • Alex Boone “should be OK” after hip injury

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings offense got some bad injury news after their Week Two win as both running back Adrian Peterson and left tackle Ryan Kalil wound up on injured reserve. Things are off to a better start after their Week Three victory. Left guard Alex Boone hurt his hip against the Panthers, forcing..." September 26