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Vikings WLB Chad Greenway is now dealing with a fractured rib in addition to a fractured hand.

Greenway has played solid run defense through three weeks, so it would be a blow to Minnesota's defense were he forced to miss time. The Vikings would presumably turn to sophomore Gerald Hodges at weak-side linebacker.
Sep 22 - 4:31 PM

NFL.com's Albert Breer reports Kyle Rudolph (groin) needs surgery, and will be sidelined "about" six weeks.

He's undergoing a sports-hernia operation. It's a brutal blow for the Vikings' Adrian Peterson-less offense, and removes a big target for rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Rudolph has looked sluggish this season, and likely hasn't been at 100 percent all year. Considering the current league-wide depth at tight end, Rudolph can be dropped in 12-14 team re-draft leagues. The Vikes will roll with a combination of Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray.
Sep 22 - 1:59 PM

MarQueis Gray was the Vikings' primary pass-catching tight end after Kyle Rudolph (groin) left late in Sunday's loss to the Saints.

Gray, an H-back type, saw no targets on 11 snaps. If Rudolph is going to miss time, the Vikings will theoretically need to force feed Cordarrelle Patterson more. They've oddly shown no urgency in that department yet.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 10:34 AM

A source tells PFT that Adrian Peterson will try to accelerate his trial date.

Peterson won't be allowed to return to the NFL until his child-abuse case is fully resolved. The trick here will be to do that (and get exonerated) without exposing himself to a suspension under the personal-conduct policy. Or perhaps Peterson could get away with a short suspension by pleading guilty and making a public apology. Either way, the Vikings seem very willing to welcome him back. Perhaps we'll gain more clarity this week when a trial date is expected to be announced.
Sep 21 - 9:30 PM

Greg Jennings caught 5-of-7 targets for 70 yards in the Vikings' Week 3 loss to the Saints.

Jennings was moving well in the open field, but couldn't bust any big plays for either Matt Cassel or Teddy Bridgewater. Jennings has 12 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown through three games, and should remain a WR4 with Bridgewater taking over for Cassel (broken foot).
Sep 21 - 6:03 PM

Kyle Rudolph will have an MRI on his groin Monday.

Note that Rudolph was limited in practice this week due to an abdominal injury. It's unclear if the injury he suffered against the Saints is an aggravation. Rudolph did not look good before leaving, catching three passes for 27 yards on five targets.
Sep 21 - 5:57 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson caught 4-of-5 targets for 61 yards in the Vikings' Week 3 loss to the Saints.

Patterson was only used once as a rusher, losing seven yards on his second-quarter carry. Although the Vikings have to do a better job of manufacturing touches for their No. 1 offensive weapon, he could help his cause immensely by becoming more efficient at creating his own looks. The Vikes can't hold Patterson's hand forever. With the station-to-station Matt Cassel (broken foot) staring at a long-term absence, the Vikes could start opening things up with more-athletic backup Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater's installation under center should ultimately benefit C-Patt.
Sep 21 - 5:28 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed twice for -1 yards in Minnesota's Week 3 loss to the Saints, catching 2-of-5 targets for nine yards.

McKinnon was expected to have a bigger role this afternoon, but got out-touched 15-4 by Matt Asiata, who out-gained his rookie teammate 71-8. If there was a positive, it's that McKinnon's five looks in the passing game were just one fewer than Asiata drew. The Vikings badly need McKinnon's play-making ability. Despite Asiata's grip on No. 1 duties, McKinnon's role should slowly grow.
Sep 21 - 5:23 PM

Matt Asiata rushed 12 times for 35 yards in Minnesota's Week 3 loss to the Saints, catching 3-of-6 targets for 36 yards in the passing game.

Asiata out-touched rookie teammate Jerick McKinnon 15-4, and out-gained him 71-8. Asiata's grip on the Vikings' Adrian Peterson-less backfield is firm, but he's averaging just 3.00 yards per carry through 27 totes. Asiata has flashed a little more playmaking ability as a pass catcher, but McKinnon's role should slowly grow. Asiata is a touchdown-dependent RB3.
Sep 21 - 5:13 PM

Taking over for an injured Matt Cassel (broken foot), Teddy Bridgewater completed 12-of-20 passes for 150 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Vikings' 20-9, Week 3 loss to the Saints.

He added six rushes for 27 yards. With Cassel dealing with "several fractured bones," it will be Bridgewater under center for the foreseeable future in Minnesota. Operating behind an ineffective offensive line, Bridgewater extended plays with elusiveness, and was more effective than Cassel has been the past two weeks. He showed good awareness, and had nice touch on his passes. We like his odds of getting the Vikings' Adrian Peterson-less offense moving more than Cassel. Bridgewater's first start will come at home against the Falcons next Sunday. It's a winnable game, but Bridgewater isn't yet on the QB2 radar.
Sep 21 - 4:17 PM

Matt Cassel fractured several bones in his foot during Sunday's Week 3 loss at New Orleans and is out indefinitely.

We don't have a timetable yet, but players can't gut it out through broken bones in their feet. This is rookie Teddy Bridgewater's team now, a good thing for the entire Vikings offense. Bridgewater went 12-of-20 for 150 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and also rushed six times for 27 yards in relief Sunday.
Sep 21 - 4:11 PM

Vikings RG Brandon Fusco was forced from Sunday's game against the Saints with a shoulder injury.

Fill-in Vlad Ducasse has struggled mightily in Fusco's absence. It's a concern for a Vikings' offensive line that's been getting pushed around.
Sep 21 - 3:39 PM

Kyle Rudolph was forced from Minnesota's Week 3 game against the Packers with a groin injury, and is questionable to return.

Rudolph was dejected on the sideline, and appears done for the day. Rudolph looked sluggish before going down, catching 3-of-5 targets for 27 yards. The Vikes are now left with Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray at tight end. It's possible Rudolph's injury is related to the "abdomen" issue that limited him in practice this week.
Sep 21 - 3:33 PM

Matt Cassel was forced from Minnesota's Week 3 game against the Saints with a left toe injury, and will not return.

First-round rookie Teddy Bridgewater is now in the game at quarterback. Cassel limped off the field after getting dragged down on a second-quarter scramble. He spent some time on the trainer's table before being carted to the locker room. He underwent X-rays, and was officially ruled out about 20 minutes later. Although he had yet to be sacked, Cassel was getting harassed before going down. He finishes 5-of-10 passing for 53 yards.
Sep 21 - 1:47 PM

Vikings declared QB Christian Ponder, WR Charles Johnson, CB Shaun Prater, LB Brandon Watts, OG David Yankey, WR Rodney Smith and DE Scott Crichton inactive for Week 3 against the Saints.

The most notable inactive, Adrian Peterson, is officially suspended, so he's not on this list. Matt Asiata will get the start, but rookie backup Jerick McKinnon is expected to have an increased role.
Sep 21 - 11:38 AM

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