Player News - Vikings

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According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, there is a "possibility" the Vikings will use the franchise tag on Case Keenum.

Minnesota has not negotiated "at all" with Keenum, which has surprisingly worked to his benefit as the quarterback's stock continues to rise. The Vikings haven't assigned the franchise tag since 2011, but if they decide to break that trend by using it on Keenum, the 29-year-old would earn a salary in the range of $23.6 million for 2018. That would be an enormous raise from Keenum's current $2 million salary. Even if it's not via the franchise tag, Rapoport expects Keenum to be back with the Vikings next season.
Jan 21 - 11:45 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Adam Thielen (questionable, back) is dealing with a "couple of slight fractures" in his lower back.

Thielen suffered the injury on a hit from Marshon Lattimore late in last week's win over New Orleans. Per Rapoport, Thielen's injury is "extremely painful," though he plans to gut it out against the Eagles in Sunday's NFC title game. Stefon Diggs could be in for a bigger workload this week with Thielen operating at much less than 100 percent.
Jan 21 - 11:27 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms Vikings S Andrew Sendejo (questionable, concussion) is expected to play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Eagles.

It would appear Sendejo has cleared the concussion protocol after going down last week against the Saints. Sendejo earned PFF's No. 17 grade out of 89 qualifiers at safety during the regular season. His presence is a big boost to Minnesota's secondary.
Jan 21 - 9:38 AM

Adam Thielen (questionable, back) will play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Eagles.

He missed some practice time with a lower back injury this week, though his status for Sunday was never in question. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Thielen will be playing through "plenty of pain," so it's fair to question how effective he'll be or if the Vikings would even consider using him as a decoy. If Thielen is limited or suffers an in-game setback, it would open up targets for Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph
Jan 21 - 9:10 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer expects S Andrew Sendejo (questionable, concussion) to play in the NFC Championship game.

Sendejo needs to clear the concussion protocol but he's on track to be active. The Vikings should be close to full strength for Sunday's game with the Eagles.
Jan 19 - 1:32 PM

Adam Thielen (back) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Eagles.

Thielen has been working through a low back issue all week. He's fully expected to play after practicing on a limited basis the last two days. Thielen may not be 100 percent but should be fine for his normal snaps.
Jan 19 - 1:17 PM

Vikings S Andrew Sendejo (concussion) is practicing Thursday.

Sendejo is still in the protocol, but he has now practiced on back-to-back days to start the week, suggesting he will be cleared in time to face the Eagles on Sunday. If he cannot play, Anthony Harris will draw the start.
Source: ESPN
Jan 18 - 12:20 PM

Adam Thielen (back) participated in Thursday's practice.

He was officially limited. Thielen sat out Wednesday with a lower back issue, but it never seemed like a real concern. Barring a setback, he should be ready to face the Eagles on Sunday.
Source: ESPN
Jan 18 - 12:19 PM

Vikings FS Andrew Sendejo (concussion) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

It's a good sign that he's practicing, but Sendejo will have to clear the league's protocol in order to play Sunday at Philadelphia. If he's unable to go, Anthony Harris would draw the start at free safety.
Jan 17 - 4:15 PM

Adam Thielen (back) didn't practice on Wednesday.

He's reportedly dealing with a lower back injury. Thielen seemed fine in the Divisional Round—he played 75-of-79 snaps in a win over New Orleans—so it's possible the Vikings are simply treating Wednesday as a maintenance day for their top receiver. It would be a shock if he's not ready for Sunday's NFC title game in Philly.
Jan 17 - 4:04 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Vikings OC Pat Shurmur has emerged as the Giants' "top choice" to replace Ben McAdoo.

Per Rapsheet, Shurmur will accept the job if offered. The move cannot be formalized until the Vikings are eliminated from the playoffs. Mike Garafolo reports the Giants have been impressed by Shurmur's success with multiple quarterbacks in Minnesota. Shurmur, who previously coached the Browns, would be a low-wattage hire, but his reputation has remained strong in league circles.
Jan 15 - 2:48 PM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Giants' head-coaching job vacancy has been narrowed to Vikings OC Pat Shurmur and Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.

The NFL's worst-kept secret is that McDaniels will be the Colts' next head coach, so this would indicate Shurmur is now the favorite to succeed Ben McAdoo. Shurmur has interviewed with the Giants, Lions, Cardinals, and Bears. Chicago (Matt Nagy) and Detroit (Matt Patricia) have their new coaches in place, while the Cardinals and Giants' searches remain open. Should Shurmur end up choosing Arizona, the G-Men could turn to Panthers DC Steve Wilks.
Jan 15 - 12:24 AM

Jarius Wright grabbed three-of-six targets for 56 yards Sunday in the Vikings’ Divisional Round win over the Saints.

He had the Vikings' longest play from scrimmage—a 27-yard strike from Case Keenum in the fourth quarter—until Stefon Diggs broke loose for a game-ending 61-yard touchdown. Wright also came down with a 22-yard catch on the game's opening drive. Wright appears to have settled in as Minnesota's No. 3 receiver ahead of Michael Floyd and Laquon Treadwell. He'll face the Eagles on the road in next week's NFC Championship bout.
Jan 14 - 10:01 PM

Kyle Rudolph corralled five-of-eight targets for 28 yards Sunday in the Vikings’ Divisional Round win over the Saints.

Rudolph drew a pair of end-zone targets in the opening quarter but couldn't make good on either one. He never broke the big one on Sunday, managing a long gain of just eight yards. He also committed a costly penalty that negated a first down with Minnesota driving in the fourth quarter. At least Rudolph looked healthy after struggling with a sprained ankle down the stretch. The Vikings can earn their first conference championship in over 40 years with a win over Philadelphia next Sunday.
Jan 14 - 9:44 PM

Latavius Murray earned 50 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries while snagging two catches for 17 yards on two targets Sunday in the Vikings’ Divisional Round win over the Saints.

Murray had a touchdown called back in the second quarter—it was negated by a Mike Remmers holding penalty. But he didn't have to wait long for his next opportunity, finding the end zone for a one-yard score just five plays later. Murray out-touched backfield-mate Jerick McKinnon by a wide margin (21-11 was the final tally) but mostly squandered his big workload by averaging just 2.6 yards per carry. He'll have his work cut out for him against a stout Eagles run defense in next week's NFC Championship.
Jan 14 - 9:20 PM


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