Player News - Vikings

Date: Team: Pos:

Vikings LT Matt Kalil is questionable for Week 12 after being limited in Friday's practice with a knee injury.

Coach Mike Zimmer called it a "minor aggravation" of his knee, and Kalil said he expects to play. Kalil has been terrible this season and still seems to be bothered by the knee injury that hampered him last year. Kalil has given up 11 sacks already this season.
Nov 22 - 12:29 PM

Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd is questionable for Week 12 with a knee injury.

Floyd missed practice on Thursday and Friday after banging knees with a teammate in Wednesday's session. An MRI earlier in the week showed no structural damage, and Floyd said his knee felt good on Friday. Floyd has four sacks and has been solid against the run during his sophomore campaign. His loss would be a big one for the Vikings' defense.
Nov 22 - 12:20 PM

Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) is listed as probable for Week 12.

Rudolph played on just 14-of-47 snaps in his first game back from sports hernia surgery. He hasn't had any setbacks, and was able to practice in full this week. Rudolph should start to see his role increased, but will be a high-risk fantasy option. He's the No. 17 tight end in Rotoworld's Week 12 rankings.
Nov 21 - 7:02 PM

Jerick McKinnon (back) is listed as probable for Week 12.

McKinnon was held out on Wednesday, but got in two straight limited practices. We like him as a boom-or-bust RB2 against the Packers. With Matt Asiata sidelined, Ben Tate will serve as the No. 2 back.
Nov 21 - 6:42 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora would be "surprised" if Adrian Peterson played football this season.

Appeals officer Harold Henderson is viewed as an "extension" of Roger Goodell after spending many years working in the league office. Therefore, the NFL seems confident he will rule on the league's behalf, as opposed to siding with the players' union. Peterson's suspension appeal will be hard on December 2.
Nov 21 - 3:18 PM

Jarius Wright (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 12.

Wright participated in practice on a limited basis on both Thursday and Friday, which suggests he's a solid bet to face the Packers. The Vikings are also expected to have Greg Jennings (rib) for Sunday's intra-division showdown.
Nov 21 - 3:03 PM

Adrian Peterson's suspension appeal hearing has been scheduled for December 2.

His appeal will be heard by Harold Henderson, not Roger Goodell. Henderson also heard Josh Gordon's suspension appeal, which resulted in a ten-game ban as opposed to a full-season ban. Perhaps this creates a glimmer of hope Peterson will play in a few games late in the season. After December 2, the Vikings face the Jets in Week 14, the Lions in Week 15, and the Dolphins in fantasy title week.
Nov 21 - 2:32 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer expects Greg Jennings (rib, questionable) to play in Week 12 against the Packers.

Jennings missed Wednesday and Thursday's practices, but returned on Friday. It's a blow to Charles Johnson truthers, who surely would have loved to have twirled Johnson in daily leagues. Jennings should start against his own team.
Nov 21 - 1:44 PM

Matt Asiata (concussion) remained sidelined at Friday's practice and has been ruled out for Week 12.

Jerick McKinnon will be the lead back with newcomer Ben Tate and/or Joe Banyard possibly pitching in on short-yardage work.
Nov 21 - 12:23 PM

Adrian Peterson admitted "maybe it's best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else" in 2015.

Peterson sat down for an exclusive interview with USA Today's Tom Pelissero, a former Vikings beat writer. You can read it in its entirety at the link below. Peterson has supporters in the Vikings organization, including coach Mike Zimmer, but a change of scenery may be best for all parties. There's no way the Vikings are going to pay Peterson the $15 million-plus he's owed in 2015. They can try and trade him in the spring. Turning 30 in March, A.D. still has gas in the tank.
Source: USA Today
Nov 21 - 10:40 AM

Greg Jennings (ribs) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

Jennings' status is up in the air for Sunday's game against the Packers. Owners need to be making other plans in their WR4/5 spots.
Nov 20 - 2:23 PM

Vikings OC Norv Turner considers Matt Asiata (concussion) "in doubt" for Week 12.

Per Norval, it's the primary reason the Vikings claimed Ben Tate off waivers on Wednesday. Asiata remained sidelined on Thursday. With Jerick McKinnon still operating as the lead back, Tate will be a touchdown-dependent RB4 if Asiata indeed sits against the Packers.
Nov 20 - 1:33 PM

Vikings OC Norv Turner insists Jerick McKinnon is still the team's top back despite the addition of Ben Tate.

"We’re excited about Jerick and what he’s done and I see him as our running back," Norval said. According to Turner, Tate is just an "insurance" policy with McKinnon battling a minor back injury and Matt Asiata (concussion) unlikely for Week 12. If Tate is going to threaten McKinnon's No. 1 status, it's not going to be in Week 12 with just four days to learn the playbook. McKinnon will be a boom-or-bust RB2 against the Packers. He returned to practice on Thursday.
Nov 20 - 1:29 PM

The Colts and Cardinals put in a waiver claim for Ben Tate earlier this week.

The Vikings were awarded Tate because they have the worst record. It's an interesting nugget as it suggests that the Colts are looking for an upgrade on Dan "Boom" Herron as the backup to ineffective Trent Richardson. Meanwhile, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has publicly complained about his team's struggles to run the ball as Andre Ellington is averaging just 3.03 YPC over the last eight games. The good news for Ellington owners is that Arians doesn't have anywhere else to turn right now -- Stepfan Taylor and Marion Grice are not threats.
Nov 20 - 10:50 AM

Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) is practicing in full for Week 12.

In his first game off sports hernia surgery, Rudolph played on just 29.7 percent of the snaps and saw no targets. With the game on the line, the Vikings chose to go with Chase Ford. We'd expect Rudolph to have a bigger role against the Packers in Week 12, but it's impossible to be certain and the matchup is far more difficult. He'd be a very high-risk fantasy play.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 20 - 10:00 AM


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