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Updating a previous item, Vikings C Joe Berger (concussion) did not practice Friday.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press' Chris Tomasson reported Berger has completed the concussion protocol, but this missed practice suggests he may still have a few hurdles to clear. Berger's status for Week 14 is completely up in the air.
Dec 9 - 12:22 PM

Vikings C Joe Berger has cleared the concussion protocol.

He returned to practice Tuesday and should be good to go this weekend against the Jaguars. Berger's return is a positive development for an offensive line which needs one.
Dec 9 - 11:35 AM

Stefon Diggs (knee) is practicing in full for Week 14.

Diggs is healthy coming off Minnesota's mini-bye. He's a midrange WR2 for Sunday's matchup with Jacksonville.
Dec 7 - 4:24 PM

Adrian Peterson (knee, I.R.) said he won't return this season if the Vikings are eliminated from playoff contention before he is ready.

Asked if he still plans to play this season, Peterson said, "That's something I envision." He's progressed to making cuts, and says he can pretty much do everything right now, though he admits it's different on a practice field than in game situations. Peterson isn't going to play this week against the Jaguars, but there have been whispers he could play as soon as Week 15.
Dec 7 - 12:50 PM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press' Chris Tomasson reports Vikings FS Harrison Smith has a Grade 3 high-ankle sprain and may miss the remainder of the season.

A Grade 3 high-ankle sprain is the worst kind of sprained ankle one can endure. Surgery isn't out of the question, but for now the Vikings are taking it week to week, according to Tomasson. Smith has been battling the ankle issue all season long but keeps aggravating it. He's done so at least three times now and was on crutches after last Thursday night's loss to the Cowboys.
Dec 6 - 10:49 PM

Vikings C Joe Berger (concussion) returned to practice on Tuesday.

That puts Berger on track to play Sunday versus Jacksonville. Nick Easton filled in for Berger at center last week against the Cowboys. Berger holds PFF's sixth-best center grade out of 37 qualifiers this season.
Dec 6 - 12:44 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer (eye surgery) returned to work Monday and will travel with the team to Jacksonville for Sunday's game.

Zimmer underwent emergency surgery to repair a detached retina last Wednesday and was forced to miss Thursday night's game against the Cowboys. There was some concern he would not be cleared to fly in time to travel with the team for Week 14, but that no longer appears to be a concern. He should be back on the sidelines against the Jaguars.
Source: vikings.com
Dec 5 - 10:20 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is expected to return next week.

Zimmer had a follow-up surgery Friday, but it shouldn't keep him out another game. Barring any setbacks, he'll resume coaching next week. Zimmer will look to get Minnesota back on track after losing in six of the last seven weeks. The Vikings have a must-win game with Jacksonville in Week 14.
Source: ESPN
Dec 4 - 9:09 AM

Vikings FS Harrison Smith (ankle) was spotted on crutches and in a walking boot following Thursday's loss to the Cowboys.

Smith said he didn't have much feeling in his left leg, but it's hard to say how serious the injury might be, as Pro Football Focus charted him playing 51-of-52 snaps. Smith has been dealing with an ankle issue. Tonight he got badly burned by Dez Bryant on a 56-yard catch. Smith has 10 days to heal up for Week 14.
Dec 2 - 12:32 AM

Laquon Treadwell was held without a catch on two targets in the Vikings' Week 13 loss to the Cowboys.

One of Treadwell's missed connections was a disastrously-run route. Treadwell hasn't looked ready for prime time this season, and is going to have a ton to prove in 2017. He was supposed to be more polished than he's been.
Dec 2 - 12:21 AM

Matt Asiata rushed six times for 30 yards in the Vikings' Week 13 loss to the Cowboys.

Asiata "added" one catch for -3 yards. At one point, Asiata took a handoff out of the Wild Cat formation. It was that kind of night for the Vikings. Asiata will remain a touchdown-or-bust RB4/FLEX against the Jags in Week 14.
Dec 2 - 12:16 AM

Cordarrelle Patterson caught 2-of-3 targets for 10 yards in the Vikings' Week 13 loss to the Cowboys.

Patterson was called for offensive pass interference, and had a night to forget on special teams, the lowlight being a fourth quarter muff. Patterson simply isn't an effective player when he's doing anything other than returning kickoffs.
Dec 2 - 12:14 AM

Adam Thielen caught 7-of-9 targets for 86 yards in the Vikings' Week 13 loss to the Cowboys.

Soaking up checkdowns, Thielen actually led the Vikings in receiving yards, but committed a catastrophic blunder in the fourth quarter, losing a fumble on a punt return. It was encouraging that Thielen remained so involved even with Stefon Diggs back in the lineup, but his kind of game is his absolute ceiling. Most weeks he'll catch 4-6 passes for 40-60 yards. You can do better.
Dec 2 - 12:12 AM

Kyle Rudolph caught 6-of-12 targets for 45 yards in the Vikings' Week 13 loss to the Cowboys.

Rudolph had a decent night in a golden matchup. The 12 targets were actually his most of the season, giving him 22 over his past two games. Rudolph is an every-week TE1, but will typically find himself in the 8-12 range, depending on the foe.
Dec 2 - 12:09 AM

Jerick McKinnon caught 5-of-6 passes for 14 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' Week 13 loss to the Cowboys, adding nine rushes for 41 yards.

The 55 total yards were McKinnon's third most of the year, which tells you a lot about his season behind the Vikings' horrid offensive line. McKinnon was essentially untouched on his late three-yard touchdown. Still more or less splitting snaps with Matt Asiata, McKinnon will continue to lack upside for next week's trip to Jacksonville.
Dec 2 - 12:07 AM


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