Vikings Rumors & News

  • Vikings reportedly preparing to drive Zimmer to next game - if he goes at all

    Duluth News Tribune "Just when you think the injury bug couldn't bite any deeper into the Minnesota Vikings, there's a crunching sound and someone else drops. On Wednesday night, that someone was head coach Mike Zimmer. A month of ignoring what's best for the health of his right eye after two surgeries to repair a..." December 03

  • Cowboys hold off Vikings for 11th win in row

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are receiving the bulk of the credit for the Dallas Cowboys' impressive season. Dallas' defense came through when it mattered on Thursday night. The Cowboys forced their first takeaway since Oct. 30, and Dez Bryant scored on the..." December 02

  • Vikings' Smith seen with walking boot

    Pro Football Talk "Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith has been dealing with an ankle injury the last few weeks. It appears as though the injury may have been exacerbated during Thursday night’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Via Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Smith had a walking boot on his left foot and was on..." December 02

  • Cowboys-Vikings was the most watched 'Thursday Night Football game ever

    Awful Announcing "One of the likely reasons for the NFL’s ratings crisis this was a lack of dominant storylines. There was no dominant player or historically great player or charismatic breakout star. Well it turned out the solution was to have the Cowboys get off to a 10-1 start. Despite a matchup with the..." December 02

  • Sam Bradford after obvious facemask non-call: Ref said I wasn't hit in facemask

    New York Daily News "Playing for their playoff lives, the Vikings scored with 25 seconds to play to get within two of the Cowboys, 17-15, Thursday night in Minnesota. On the two-point conversion try, Cowboys defensive tackle Cedric Thornton hit Minny QB Sam Bradford in the facemask and his pass sailed high out of..." December 02

  • Trump takes credit for NFL ratings slide, again

    Pro Football Talk "Thirty years after Donald Trump took on the NFL and lost, he has taken on the NFL and won. According to him. Via SportsBusiness Daily, the President-Elect declared during his first public rally since the election that the NFL’s ratings dropped because of the election. “[T]heir ratings were..." December 02

  • NFL expected to hire 17 full-time officials, league exec says

    Sporting News "Help appears to be on the way for NFL officiating. Amid a season of questionable calls, NFL executive Troy Vincent told The Associated Press on Thursday that the league is expected to hire as many as 17 full-time officials. The new batch of hires will increase game-day officiating crews from..." December 01

  • In effort to return to action, Adrian Peterson races against time

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings hope running back Adrian Peterson can make it back before the season ends, after September surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. With exactly one month to go in the regular season, the current thinking is that Peterson could lose his race against time. As one source with..." December 01

  • Mike Zimmer to miss 'TNF' after emergency eye surgery

    NFL.com "Mike Zimmer will not be on the sidelines Thursday. The Vikings head coach had emergency eye surgery for a detached retina on Wednesday and is out for Thursday night's game against the Cowboys, according to general manager Rick Spielman. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will coach..." December 01

  • Mike Zimmer may miss Thursday's game due to emergency surgery

    NFL.com "Mike Zimmer may not be on the sidelines tomorrow. The Vikings coach will have emergency eye surgery on Wednesday night, the team announced, and his status for Thursday night's game is uncertain. "Mike Zimmer is having emergency eye surgery tonight," general manager Rick Spielman said in a..." December 01

  • Adam Schefter signs five-year extension with ESPN

    CBS Sports "ESPN Insider Adam Schefter missed on breaking possibly the biggest news of the night Wednesday. Then again, when you are the news, there might be a different protocol. Filed to SI.com by media critic Richard Deitsch Wednesday evening, the four-letter network out of Bristol, CT has extended the..." December 01

  • Mike Zimmer: Adrian Peterson is ‘probably ahead of schedule’

    Larry Brown Sports "Tuesday brought some more good news for those crossing their fingers for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to return to the field before the end of the season. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters that Peterson is progressing well in his recovery from knee..." November 30

  • Report: NFL will ditch early-morning London games

    Pro Football Talk "When it comes to making the NFL’s product more attractive by making it more scarce, the NFL claims it won’t consider ditching or limiting Thursday Night Football. However, it reportedly will be ditching another fairly recent broadcasting practice. Via Joe Flint of the Wall Street Journal, the..." November 29

  • Darren Sharper Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Drugging, Raping 2 Women in L.A.

    KTLA 5 "Former NFL star Darren Sharper was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for drugging and raping two women in Los Angeles, capping a case in which the athlete was accused of attacking more than a dozen women across the country. Sharper was sentenced as part of a plea deal he reached last year..." November 29

  • Adrian Peterson runs on side at Vikings practice

    NFL.com "Is Adrian Peterson on his way back? The Vikings All-Pro running back was seen running off to the side at practice Tuesday, NFL Network's Stacey Dales reported. The 31-year-old went through a battery of tests over the weekend that opened the door for this week's advancement. NFL Network..." November 29

  • Sam Bradford lands on Vikings injury report

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings have their second straight Thursday game this week, which means that they released a practice report on Monday. It includes quarterback Sam Bradford, who is listed as a limited participant in practice due to an ankle issue. Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that..." November 28

  • Norv Turner: Mike Zimmer and I had “different ideas”

    Los Angeles Times "For the last 40 years, Norv Turner has been a quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator, head coach, even a defensive backs coach. Now, he’s adjusting to his most unfamiliar role: Spectator. Turner abruptly resigned in November as offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings after the team..." November 27

  • NFL fines Vikings’ Tom Johnson for penalty he called “B.S.”

    Pro Football Talk "When Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson was flagged for roughing the passer for a hit on Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer on Sunday, he called it “B.S.” Unsurprisingly, the league office saw it the same way as the referee. The NFL fined Johnson $18,231 for the hit, which means that upon..." November 26

  • Vikings add Bishop Sankey to practice squad

    Pro Football Talk "As the Vikings continue to search for a running game and, basically, a passing game that gets more than four or five yards on every given play, they’ve added a former second-round pick who will be getting some chances on the practice field to earn some chances in games. The Vikings have added..." November 25

  • The Vikings only have themselves to blame for the Sam Bradford disaster

    Fox Sports "Sam Bradford lived down to expectations. And now the most expensive rental in the NFL will have the distinct dishonor of killing two Minnesota Vikings seasons in one. The former No. 1 pick, who was the surprise centerpiece of a blockbuster preseason trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, threw a..." November 25

  • Sam Bradford: We have to find more explosive plays

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Sam Bradford might be growing tired of the Vikings’ dink-and-dunk offense. Since Pat Shurmur took over Nov. 2 as interim offensive coordinator, Minnesota has gone mostly to quick and short passes, to protect Bradford behind a porous offensive line and make up for a shaky running game. In..." November 25

  • Stefon Diggs, DeAndre Levy inactive for Thanksgiving opener

    Pro Football Talk "Word on Wednesday was that Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs would miss the team’s Thanksgiving game against the Lions due to a knee injury and the Vikings have confirmed it on Thursday morning. The team released its list of inactive players for the game and Diggs is on it. The Vikings..." November 24

  • Lions beat Vikings on Prater's last-second field goal

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Matthew Stafford takes exception to the notion that the Detroit Lions are lucky to be in first place. What is certain is that the Lions have a knack for late-game magic. The NFL's version of Comeback Kids this season notched another fourth-quarter rally, as Matt Prater's 40-yard..." November 24

  • Twitter reacts to Aretha Franklin's beautiful (but very long) national anthem

    USA Today "As far as national anthem singers go, you can’t do much better than Aretha Franklin. So it makes a lot of sense for the NFL to turn to her to kick off their Thanksgiving slate. And she came through with a stirring rendition of the anthem, but, man, did she take her time with it. " November 24

  • Adrian Peterson remains on track to return to Vikings this season

    NFL.com "When Vikings running back Adrian Peterson underwent surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in September, he hoped to return in late December before a playoff run. Roughly two months since his surgery, the former NFL MVP remains on track to achieve his goal. According to several people..." November 24

  • John Madden on Thursday football: “It just doesn’t work”

    East Bay Times "One of Thanksgiving’s greatest traditions was listening to John Madden talk football and, even though he retired from the broadcast booth in 2009, Madden can still bring it. Madden, 80, is “feeling great” after battling multiple health issues, starting with heart surgery exactly a year..." November 24

  • Vikings star receiver Stefon Diggs reportedly unlikely to play vs. Lions

    CBS Sports "The Vikings have only had one big playmaker on their offense this season and it looks that player won't be available for Thursday's game in Detroit. According to ESPN.com, Stefon Diggs is unlikely to play against the Lions due to a knee injury that he's dealing with. The wide receiver was..." November 23

  • Competition Committee to explore sideline cameras

    NFL.com "Two controversial sideline calls in two weeks have provoked questions as to how the league should review close plays along the boundaries. On Monday night, DeAndre Hopkins was ruled out of bounds on an early catch-and-run touchdown when it looked like his right foot had touched the white..." November 23

  • 9 NFL coaches who could be fired this season

    Fox Sports "Four straight losses have Mike McCarthy moving closer to the top of our hot seat rankings The unofficial second half of the NFL season begins this week as Thanksgiving is upon us. With it comes a clearer postseason picture and a whole bunch of teams that have no shot at the playoffs. Not..." November 23

  • Shannon Sharpe: NFL officiating so bad some fans think games are fixed

    Sporting News "NFL officiating has become so bad some fans think games are fixed. That was the serious charge leveled by Shannon Sharpe on FS1's "Undisputed" Tuesday after poor officiating marred the Raiders' 27-20 win Monday night against the Texans in Mexico City. The Pro Football Hall of Famer and..." November 23

  • Vikings' Xavier Rhodes on Adrian Peterson's rehab: 'He's obviously not human'

    Sporting News "Some bad news for the rest of the NFC North: Adrian Peterson is starting to look like the Adrian Peterson of old. So says one of his Minnesota Vikings teammates who watched part of the star running back’s Tuesday rehabilitation from knee surgery. “He’s doing it at an intense level,” Vikings..." November 23

  • Alex Boone threatens Patrick Peterson over hit on Sam Bradford

    Sportsnaut "Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson blasted Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford during Sunday’s game, and offensive lineman Alex Boone is less than pleased about it. If that is not a threat, then I don’t know what is. Boone has every right to be upset about it, but he cannot..." November 22

  • Adrian Peterson return to Minnesota Vikings imminent?

    Tulsa World "SB Nation's Eric J. Thompson writes that when the Minnesota Vikings cut Ronnie Hillman, it left the team with only two healthy running backs —Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata. Does that mean that a certain Oklahoma Sooner is about to return to action? "It’s only pure speculation at this..." November 22

  • Cordarrelle Patterson first player in NFL history with four 100-plus yard TDs

    Sportsnaut "Coming out of the University of Tennessee in the 2013 NFL Draft, most knew wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was an electrifying talent with the ball in his hands. It was also known that he needed to work on his craft, but he had tantalizing potential. An elite return man at Tennessee, he was..." November 21

  • Vikings waive running back Ronnie Hillman

    Vikings.com "The Vikings on Monday announced that they have waived running back Ronnie Hillman and signed defensive end Stephen Weatherly from their practice squad. Hillman, a fifth-year pro, signed with the Vikings on Sept. 21, after Adrian Peterson was placed on injured reserve. Hillman totaled 50..." November 21

  • Vikings to honor Dennis Green, family members are honorary captains

    Sportsnaut "The Minnesota Vikings will honor late head coach Dennis Green today before they face the Arizona Cardinals at home — a heartwarming move that will be keenly felt by many. Green, a former Hall of Fame caliber coach who passed away last July, was head coach of both the Minnesota Vikings and the..." November 20

  • Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has his own picture on his socks

    Fox Sports "The NFL has strict rules against players wearing custom cleats during games, but Cordarrelle Patterson tried something new before Sunday's matchup against the Cardinals: custom socks. The Vikings receiver took the field for warm-ups wearing socks that had a picture of himself on..." November 20

  • Vikings use two 100-yard returns to hold off Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- A stout defense and timely scoring plays -- even from the defense -- were the hallmarks of the Minnesota Vikings' 5-0 start to the season. When Minnesota stopped scoring on defense and allowed teams to start running the ball, the Vikings slipped to four consecutive losses...." November 20

  • NFL discussing moving start times of London games

    ESPN "In a continued effort to try to improve ratings, one idea the NFL is discussing is moving the 9:30 a.m. ET games played in London to a 1 p.m. ET start time, according to league sources. The idea would be to close a viewing window the NFL had created that extended the day and possibly detracted..." November 20

  • Vikings O-line coach: 'I'm not sleeping a lot lately'

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vikings will deploy their seventh starting quintet on the offensive line Sunday against visiting Arizona in their 10th game of the season. However, the turmoil index is much broader. Overall, 10 linemen have taken snaps, and three starting tackles have been lost to season-ending injuries —..." November 18

  • Adrian Peterson resumes light running

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings have plenty of problems, 5-4 record notwithstanding. Among them is a rushing attack that is more like a rushing retreat. They’re averaging 2.67 yards per attempt for the season, only 0.3 yards per try more than the lowest full-season average since the Giants churned out 2.64 yards..." November 17

  • NFL changing schedule process for greater flexibility with international games

    Sporting News "Within the next two weeks, the NFL should know how many international games will be played in 2017 and the participating teams. But when it comes to announcing when and where those games will be played, the public and teams will have to wait. NFL executive vice president/International Mark..." November 17

  • For Kai Forbath, a friend's misfortune opens Vikings opportunity

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "This spring, as Blair Walsh was trying to get his groove back and Kai Forbath was gearing up for an offseason kicking competition in New Orleans, the two took turns booting balls at UCLA during their now-annual workouts with Jeff Locke and Kevin McDermott. Months later, after Walsh never..." November 17

  • Mike Zimmer has great quote about keeping Vikings sharp mentally

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Vikings have lost four consecutive games since starting 5-0, so it’s understandable that things might be getting a bit tight in the locker room. Coach Mike Zimmer is doing his best to keep that from happening by cracking jokes. At least, we hope they’re jokes." November 16

  • Zimmer: Keep team mentally stable? What about me?

    NFL.com "At least Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is keeping his sense of humor -- we think. At a press conference on Wednesday, he brought up a question he received earlier in the week from reporters in Arizona. "They asked me on the Arizona conference call how I keep the team mentally stable," Zimmer..." November 16

  • Darren Sharper Insists He Isn’t a Monster After Raping Multiple Women in Several States

    Black Sports Online "Pardon me? Darren Sharper is back in LA for more sentencing of the rapes he did there, but while pleading guilty to several rapes, he says he isn’t a monster. Sharper’s back in L.A. where he previously served hundreds of days behind bars following his initial arrest back in 2014. He’s set to..." November 15

  • Vikings release Blair Walsh

    247 Sports "The Minnesota Vikings have released kicker Blair Walsh, according to the team. The embattled kicker has endured a nightmare season, missing four extra points and four field goals. The Vikings initially brought in six kickers a week ago for a work out, however Mike Zimmer and the staff made..." November 15

  • NFL players headed to Capitol Hill to talk police relations and race issues, may meet with Paul Ryan

    ESPN "Five NFL players on Wednesday will travel to Capitol Hill to discuss police brutality and race issues with members of Congress, including a possible meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The meetings were conceived by Detroit Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who is known for his..." November 15

  • Matt Kalil Would “Love” To Re-Sign With Vikings & Finish Out Career In Minnesota

    NFL Trade Rumors "Vikings impending free agent Matt Kalil said that he would “love” to re-sign with the team and finish out his career in Minnesota. “I’d love to stay here the rest of my career,” Kalil said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “This is the team I started out with in the NFL, and I’ve been..." November 15

  • Struggling Vikings have a silver lining in Stefon Diggs

    Pro Football Talk "Yes, the Vikings have had a special season dissolve into an effort to scratch and claw their path to the postseason. But they have one very special player, who has done everything he can the last to weeks to will the team to a win. He’s receiver Stefon Diggs, a second-year draft steal who has..." November 14