Vikings Rumors & News

  • Brett Favre's HOF candidacy took less than 10 seconds "There was no debate over Brett Favre's Pro Football Hall of Fame candidacy. When it came time for the HOF committee to discuss The Gunslinger's worthiness during Saturday's marathon meeting, the debate lasted nine seconds, per NFL Media's Steve Wyche. Charean Williams, a voter from the Fort..." February 07

  • Roger Goodell Speaks Out on Concussions, 'Rooney Rule' for Women

    ABC News "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says there is a “culture change” in the NFL when it comes to concussions and, if he had a son, would have no problem allowing him to play the sport. “The number of concussions went up this year and they're going to go up and they're going to go down in any given..." February 06

  • NFL to establish Rooney rule for women

    ESPN "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday the league is going to institute a Rooney rule for women when it comes to all NFL executive positions. He announced the decision in opening remarks at NFL Women's Summit, where roughly 250 men and women associated with the league are gathered to..." February 04

  • Vikings: 90 percent of stadium-builder licenses sold heading into Super Bowl

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Minnesota Vikings did a virtual end zone celebration in advance of Super Bowl Sunday by announcing they’re only $10 million shy of a $125 million sales goal for seat licenses at U.S. Bank Stadium. The team was to report Wednesday having sold 90 percent of the available “stadium builder’s..." February 03

  • NFL to consider putting video on sideline tablets

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s embrace of tablet technology has been limited, to date. Soon, the bright blue Microsoft Surface devices that show up on sidelines could do more than simply show images of pre-snap formations. At a Tuesday press conference, NFL executive V.P. Brian Rolapp said that the league will..." February 02

  • Phil Loadholt “on track” in Achilles recovery, “can’t control” future with Vikings

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings lost right tackle Phil Loadholt to a torn Achilles a couple of snaps into their first preseason game, which left them down a starter up front for the entire season but did leave Loadholt with a lot of time to heal before the start of the 2016 season. Loadholt believes he’s made the..." February 02

  • Survey: NFL Players Don't Trust That Team Doctors Have Their Best Interests At Heart

    Deadspin "The Associated Press just released a big report on the relationship between NFL players’ health and the training and medical care they get from their teams. There’s a whole lot of insight into the pervasiveness of injuries and the inadequacies NFL training staffs have with addressing them. Let’s..." February 02

  • Vikings free agents: Chad Greenway looks to return for one more year

    ESPN "What he did last season: Greenway transitioned into a two-down role, playing weakside linebacker in the base defense and coming out in passing situations. But he still made 69 tackles, played his first career game at middle linebacker while filling in for an injured Eric Kendricks in November, and..." February 01

  • Super Bowl 50 to draw an estimated $4.2 billion in bets — most of them illegal

    Los Angeles Times "It's the one day when many Americans gladly take a gamble: Super Bowl Sunday. As the Denver Broncos meet the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, millions of people will place some type of bet on the game even if they don't care about football. A minority will gamble legally at..." February 01

  • Pro Bowl TV ratings down, again

    Pro Football Talk "The Pro Bowl was on ESPN Sunday night, and people were watching. But not as many people who watched in the past. The Pro Bowl drew a 5.0 overnight rating. That’s down from 5.6 last year and significantly down from the 6.7 rating the Pro Bowl got in 2014 when it was on NBC. Per Austin Karp of..." February 01

  • NFL VP of Officiating says catch rule 'is in a good place right now'

    CBS Sports "Can we all agree that no one knows what a catch is? Dez Bryant still doesn't, more than a year after his infamous non-catch sent the Cowboys home in a playoff game against the Packers. You don't. I don't. The average fan sure doesn't. And yet NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino said on Sunday..." February 01

  • NFL should add a skills competition at the Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "As interest in the Pro Bowl flags, there’s an easy addition to Pro Bowl weekend that the NFL could use to spice things up: A skills competition. The other major sports all include a skills competition as part of their All-Star festivities. Baseball has the Home Run Derby. The NBA has the slam..." January 31

  • New York's attorney general reportedly going after NFL ticket market's 'fixed game'

    Sporting News "Need two? If you're in New York, those tickets are going to cost you. So much so that state attorney general Eric Schneiderman's office is conducting an antitrust investigation of the NFL and its price-floor practices on tickets, reported, citing unidentified sources. It's unclear..." January 28

  • Vikings' Bridgewater, Barr selected to 1st Pro Bowl

    The Score "The Minnesota Vikings are sending two of their young stars to the Pro Bowl. Linebacker Anthony Barr and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater were named to their first Pro Bowl, replacing New England Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, who are dealing with..." January 25

  • The 15 Best Twitter Jokes About Mike Carey After He Blew It Again

    Huffington Post "Another game, another whiffed analysis from CBS “officiating expert” Mike Carey. Carey, who was an NFL referee in another life, has warmed the hearts of Internet trolls everywhere this year by continually blowing calls on big-time broadcasts, making predictions day in and day out that prove..." January 25

  • NFL health officials confronted NIH about researcher selection

    ESPN "Three of the NFL's top health and safety officers confronted the National Institutes of Health last June after the NIH selected a Boston University researcher to lead a major study on football and brain disease, Outside the Lines has learned. The new information contradicts denials by the NFL..." January 20

  • Browns to interview Ray Horton and Vikings RB coach Kirby Wilson

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton will interview for the Browns coordinator job this week, a source told Under contract with the Titans, he received permission to talk to Hue Jackson about running his defense. The Browns are also set to talk to Vikings running backs..." January 20

  • Vikings finalize purchase of Eagan site for possible new practice facility

    ESPN "The Minnesota Vikings announced on Tuesday they'd finalized the purchase of 185 acres of land in Eagan, Minnesota, for what could become the site of their team headquarters and practice facility. The Vikings had begun the purchase process for the site of the former Northwest Airlines..." January 19

  • Blair Walsh: ‘It is Not Going to Ruin My Life’

    SI "Maybe, I thought, Blair Walsh’s playoff-altering 27-yard field goal miss nine days ago was because Richard Sherman was so close to blocking an earlier field goal and Walsh had to alter his delivery to be sure Sherman didn’t get this one. “No,” said Walsh. “That’s not what I was thinking..." January 19

  • Vikings block Kirby Wilson from taking Cleveland post

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vikings on Saturday blocked running backs coach Kirby Wilson from taking a position as the Cleveland Browns' running game coordinator. A source close to the situation had told the Pioneer Press on Friday, "Kirby is under contract. Period.'' Wilson was informed Saturday he could not take the..." January 17

  • Vikings kicker Blair Walsh will visit supportive first-graders

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "After receiving a batch of supportive letters and drawings from first-graders, Vikings kicker Blair Walsh will return the favor with a visit Thursday to their elementary school classroom in Blaine. The children at Northpoint Elementary wrote letters and made drawings in an effort to console..." January 14

  • Ex-Dolphins boss Tony Sparano to coach Vikings offensive line

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Former Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano will be the new Vikings offensive line coach. Sparano coached Miami from 2008-11 and had a 29-31 record, winning the AFC East in his first season. He was Jets offensive coordinator in 2012, then was an assistant head coach/offensive line in Oakland..." January 13

  • Vikings fire offensive line coach Jeff Davidson

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vikings have fired offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday. Asked why he didn't renew his contract, Zimmer said "I didn't want to." A candidate to replace Davidson is Dan Campbell, who finished the season as interim Miami Dolphins coach. Zimmer wouldn't comment..." January 12

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    Everson Griffen, who dealt with a shoulder issue, might have surgery soon if he doesn't go to the Pro Bowl, Zimmer said.

  • White NFL Asst Coaches Twice as Likely to Be Promoted Than Black Asst Coaches

    Black Sports Online "I understand the people who do these studies put many hours, days, weeks and years into their work. I am not trying to put down what they do, but you don’t need a study to know there is systematic prejudice not just in the NFL, but almost every industry in America. I do like that they worked..." January 12

  • Dan Campbell now free to seek other jobs, Vikings, Cowboys, Chargers inquired about him

    National Football Post "Former Miami Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell has gained his release from the AFC East club and is now free to seek other job opportunities, according to league sources. The gritty former NFL tight end went 5-7 as the Dolphins’ replacement for fired coach Joe Philbin. NFL teams have..." January 12

  • Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater vows to take 'extra step' in 2016

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater made it onto national television this season when he wasn't even playing. Bridgewater was featured in a commercial for Pepsi in which he steps out of a TV screen and into a Buffalo Wild Wings. Whether Bridgewater has any more ads coming out, he said Monday..." January 12

  • Donald Trump Thinks All These Personal Foul Penalties Have Made Football ‘Soft’

    Uproxx "Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore. Why? Because according to what he told a crowd of 2,000 supporters in Reno, Nevada on Sunday, the cherished national pastime of American Football has gone too soft — just like the great country of..." January 11

  • Peterson says he's to blame for Vikings' playoff defeat

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Blair Walsh missed a kick that would have given the Vikings a victory over Seattle and a chance to play at Arizona next weekend in the NFC divisional playoffs, but he wasn’t their only player who was very emotional and in tears after the 10-9 loss. Adrian Peterson blamed his fourth-quarter..." January 11

  • Tearful Blair Walsh after FG miss ends Vikings' season: 'It's my fault'

    ESPN "Mike Zimmer was blunt. By the end, Blair Walsh was sobbing. So went the postgame emotion Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium, after the Seattle Seahawks' stunning 10-9 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Zimmer had little to say about Walsh's miss of a 27-yard field goal attempt, one that would have put..." January 11

  • Seahawks defense comes through in 10-9 wild-card win vs. Vikings

    Seattle Times "When the Seahawks are playing well on defense, they play one of two ways. They either are an avalanche, swarming and destroying, and everything piles up on the offense until they are suddenly out of it. Or they control the game, play disciplined, keep everything in front of them. And it..." January 11

  • The Seahawks-Vikings playoff weather forecast is impossibly cold

    CBS Sports "The Vikings and Seahawks will do battle in an NFC wild-card game on Sunday but regardless of the outcome, simply playing in this game is impressive because of the cold temperatures. At 10 a.m. ET, three hours before kickoff -- it was -9 degrees at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. NEGATIVE NINE..." January 10

  • Raiders' Khalil Mack makes history, named All-Pro at two positions

    CBS Sports "People outside Oakland who didn't know about Khalil Mack got their introduction to his talents when he sacked Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler five times in Week 14. On Friday, Mack made history when the Associated Press named him an All-Pro at two positions -- linebacker and defensive..." January 09

  • NFL plans to stream London games in 2016, Apple and Google in talks to buy rights

    New York Daily News "The National Football League is planning to live-stream all three games scheduled to be played in London next season, and Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc subsidiary Google are among the technology companies in talks to buy the rights to conduct the streams, said two sources familiar with the..." January 08

  • Linval Joseph, Adrian Peterson, Everson Griffen Probable vs. Seahawks "Linval Joseph, Adrian Peterson and Everson Griffen fully participated in Minnesota’s practice Friday and have been listed as probable for Sunday’s game. Joseph has been dealing with a foot injury that sidelined him multiple games down the stretch, including Dec. 6 when Minnesota hosted Seattle..." January 08

  • How low will game balls' psi drop in frigid Seahawks-Vikes game?

    Yahoo! Sports "Ideal Gas Law causes the air pressure of a football to decrease in colder weather, a physics lesson the NFL inadvertently learned/taught last year when it punished the New England Patriots after the league claimed two staffers tampered with the game balls in the AFC championship game. The..." January 08

  • Irvin aims to ‘rattle’ Bridgewater again

    Tacoma News Tribune "Bruce Irvin wants to make Teddy Bridgewater scared again. The Seahawks’ outside linebacker considers the Minnesota Vikings quarterback a “really good friend” from his college days at West Virginia when Bridgewater was at Louisville. Irvin has Bridgewater’s purple Vikings game jersey hanging in..." January 08

  • Beyonce Will Join Coldplay for Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

    ET Online "Coldplay will have a very high-profile guest star at the Super Bowl. Sources confirm to Entertainment Tonight that Queen Bey herself, Beyonce, will join the band on-stage during their halftime performance at Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7. Presumably, the group will deliver a live rendition of "Hymn..." January 08

  • Major NFL Agent Ben Dogra Banned 3 Years by NFLPA

    The Big Lead "Early Wednesday, per Rand Getlin of NFL Network, the NFL Players Association revoked the operating license of high-profile agent Ben Dogra and fined him $200,000. 38 counts? Yikes. While the players union did not cite any specifics re: the reason for the suspension and fine, the NFLPA did..." January 07

  • Adrian Peterson: Roger Goodell was blind to what I was going through

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has returned to the NFL successfully, leading the league in rushing and leading his team to the playoffs. But he’s still not happy with the way the NFL handled him last year, when he played just one game before he was sidelined and suspended for abusing his..." January 06

  • Dean Blandino: Veteran WRs helping clarify 'catch rule' "The NFL is working hard to remedy one of the league's most pressing competitive issues and has sought out veterans and legends for advice. Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino told NFL Network's Dan Hellie on Tuesday that the league has reached out to former wide receivers for input and..." January 06

  • Adrian Peterson to take pay cut in 2016

    Sporting News "Adrian Peterson may have led the NFL in rushing with 1,485 yards, but that doesn't mean his season was prosperous. The Vikings running back is expected to take a pay cut in 2016 after finishing this season with the fewest rushing yards by a league leader since LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 1,474..." January 05

  • Adrian Peterson sorts out his feelings on fatherhood, forgiveness, loss

    SI "One morning deep into his ninth NFL season, Adrian Peterson exits his house in suburban Minneapolis and climbs into an idling SUV. His home is between holidays, with pumpkins stationed at the door and Christmas lights hung from the gutters. A gold pendant, two hands clasped in prayer, dangles from..." January 05

  • Vikings lose Rhett Ellison to torn patellar tendon

    ESPN "The Minnesota Vikings' NFC North-clinching win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night was not without its toll of injuries. One of them will keep an key member of the Vikings' offense out for the rest of the season. Tight end Rhett Ellison tore his patellar tendon on a reception in the..." January 04

  • Vikings beat Packers 20-13 to win NFC North

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings’ push to be kings of the NFC North for the first time since 2009 finally got rewarded Sunday night as they survived a furious fourth-quarter rally by the Green Bay Packers to win 20-13 and claim the division title. The Vikings relied on stingy defense to take a 17-point lead into..." January 04

  • Adrian Peterson still thinks he can have 2,000-yard rushing season

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Vikings ended their season on a fantastic note Sunday night by clinching their first NFC North division title since 2009, but Adrian Peterson is heading into the playoffs feeling “bittersweet.” Why? Because despite leading the NFL in rushing with 1,485 yards, the 30-year-old fell..." January 04

  • Top 20 picks in draft order set, Titans are on the clock

    Pro Football Talk "Twelve teams have games to prepare for this morning. But for the other 20, the 2016 NFL Draft looms, and with the playoff field set, we know the order of the first 20 picks. The Titans earned the top pick in the draft with yesterday’s loss to the Colts, since they lost to an even worse..." January 04

  • Zimmer says Vikings are learning to be champions

    Pro Football Talk "On Sunday night, the Vikings will get a chance to become the champions of the NFC North. It would be the first step in a longer, more difficult journey to the top of the NFL. Coach Mike Zimmer thinks they’re ready to make the climb. “I haven’t talked to the team that much about beating the..." January 03

  • Vikings likely will have to stop Eddie Lacy without Linval Joseph

    ESPN "The Minnesota Vikings will likely be without nose tackle Linval Joseph on Sunday night, as they try to prevent Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy from posting his fifth consecutive 100-yard effort against them in the NFC North title game. Joseph, who returned from the foot injury that..." January 01

  • Adrian Peterson, Linval Joseph, Everson Griffen sit out practice for Vikings

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Running back Adrian Peterson, nose tackle Linval Joseph and defensive end Everson Griffen didn’t practice Thursday for the Vikings. Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer had said before the practice he expected Peterson to participate. He was doing some work with the running backs but wasn’t wearing a..." December 31