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Adam Thielen (ankle) is practicing in full for Week 15 against the Dolphins.

He took a spill in Monday night's loss to Seattle but his presence at Wednesday's practice suggests it was nothing serious. Thielen has slumped recently, totaling a modest 98 yards on 10 catches over his last two contests. He'll be in a prime bounce-back spot Sunday against a Dolphins secondary that allowed big games to Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman last week.
Source: vikings.com
Dec 12 - 6:29 PM

Vikings promoted QBs coach Kevin Stefanski to offensive coordinator.

Stefanski will replace John DeFilippo, who was fired on Tuesday. Giants coach Pat Shurmur tried to take Stefanski with him when he left last offseason, but the Vikings blocked the interview request. There was some thought Minnesota should have just promoted Stefanski after Shurmur left, and now he will get his shot. Considering coach Mike Zimmer's recent comments, Stefanski will likely lean on the running game a bit more than DeFilippo did this season.
Dec 11 - 12:02 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 2-of-5 targets for seven yards in the Vikings' Week 14 loss to the Seahawks.

Rudolph was targeted on a 4th-and-goal play from the two-yard line, but it fell incomplete in the third quarter. It's simply been a lost season for Rudolph, who just isn't converting his red-zone targets this year. It's made Rudolph a barely-playable last-gasp TE1 in fantasy. He gets the Dolphins next.
Dec 10 - 11:49 PM

Adam Thielen caught 5-of-7 targets for 70 yards in the Vikings' Week 14 loss to the Seahawks.

He added an eight-yard rush. Thielen wasn't targeted in the first half as Kirk Cousins had just 27 passing yards at the break, and didn't catch his first look until there was 6:08 left in the third quarter. He got going with stats on the final meaningless drive, posting a 35-yard catch-and-run before going for 10-plus yards on the next play. It was a nice way to help save his night. Thielen also appeared to injure his ankle but quickly returned to the game. This offense should rebound at home next week against the Dolphins off their Super Bowl win.
Dec 10 - 11:44 PM

Stefon Diggs caught 4-of-6 targets for 76 yards in the Vikings' Week 14 loss to the Seahawks.

His 48-yard grab deep downfield was the Vikings' biggest play of the night and helped set the offense up in Seahawks territory before eventually failing on 4th-and-goal from the two-yard line. Diggs' knee looked fine. He should rebound in a big way next week against the Xavien Howard-less Dolphins.
Dec 10 - 11:40 PM

Dalvin Cook rushed 13 times for 55 yards and caught 5-of-7 targets for 28 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' 21-7, Week 14 loss to the Seahawks.

Cook was the Vikings' best offensive player and probably should have touched the ball more, especially on a couple 3rd-and-1 calls by OC John DeFilippo where he rolled Kirk Cousins out to his right 12-15 yards behind the line to gain, which resulted in two incompletions and subsequent punts. Cook was earning tough yards and tied for the team lead in targets. His last-minute six-yard touchdown catch was as garbage-timey as they come with the Vikings down 21-0. Cook will be an RB2 next week at home against the Dolphins.
Dec 10 - 11:32 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 20-of-33 passes for 208 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' 21-7, Week 14 loss to the Seahawks on Monday night.

Cousins came up with more than a third of his passing yards on the final meaningless drive with the Vikings down 21-0. He also threw a short score to Dalvin Cook to cap it off and avoid the shutout. Cousins had 27 passing yards at halftime. His longest play of the night was a 48-yard shot to Stefon Diggs, but the Vikings later turned it over on downs that drive, failing from the two-yard line in the third quarter. Cousins also lost a fumble on a strip-sack that was returned for a touchdown late in the game. He was under pressure all night and had nowhere to go with the ball. Cousins has been held to 201 and 2018 yards the last two weeks in losses at New England and Seattle. He'll try to rebound next week at home against the Dolphins.
Dec 10 - 11:19 PM

Vikings declared CB Trae Waynes, TE David Morgan, WR Chad Beebe, QB Kyle Sloter, RB Mike Boone, DE Tashawn Bower, and DT Jalyn Holmes inactive for Week 14 against the Seahawks.

Waynes is out with a concussion. Holton Hill should get the nod at corner.
Dec 10 - 6:52 PM

Stefon Diggs (knee) will play in Week 14 against the Seahawks.

This is a tremendous sign for Diggs, as he was taken off the team's injury report Saturday morning. He was only able to muster one limited session before playing a reduced role in Week 13, but should be a full go following his early clearance for Monday night. As always when he's healthy, Diggs is a strong WR2 on an offense that scrapped the run weeks ago.
Dec 8 - 1:36 PM

Viking CB Trae Waynes (concussion) is out for Week 14 against the Seahawks.

This being his second concussion of the year, it's possible Waynes doesn't suit up again for the Vikings until 2019. Holton Hill will likely start in his stead at left cornerback.
Dec 8 - 1:34 PM

Stefon Diggs (knee) remained limited at Friday's practice.

The Vikings are managing his reps after Diggs played through his knee injury last week. Diggs may be listed as questionable for Monday night's matchup with Seattle, but he's on track to suit up.
Dec 7 - 6:28 PM

Stefon Diggs (knee) was limited at practice on Thursday.

Diggs played through his nagging knee injury last week and he should have no problems playing in Week 14, especially with the Vikings playing on Monday night. The talented 25-year-old will be a WR2 against the Seahawks despite playing in a tough environment.
Dec 6 - 8:04 PM

Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes (hamstring) will not be limited in practice this week.

Coach Mike Zimmer said the corner will be a full-go Monday night in Seattle after playing limited snaps against the Patriots. It is great news for the Vikings heading into an important game against the Seahawks.
Dec 6 - 11:34 AM

Latavius Murray chewed up 11 yards on four carries while securing both of his targets for an additional three yards Sunday in Minnesota’s Week 13 loss to the Patriots.

Murray converted a crucial fourth-and-one opportunity in the fourth quarter (barely) but other than that, he didn't have much impact on Sunday's proceedings. Lead back Dalvin Cook out-touched Murray by a convincing 17-6 margin while out-producing him by over 90 yards from scrimmage. Unless you're stashing him as a handcuff, Murray is probably best left on the waiver wire.
Dec 2 - 8:33 PM

Kyle Rudolph nabbed three catches for 38 yards on three targets Sunday in the Vikings’ Week 13 loss to the Patriots.

Rudolph didn't have a huge impact on the game, though he did contribute one highlight, pulling in a 23-yard catch over Patrick Chung with time winding down in the first half. It's been a frustrating season for the eighth-year tight end, who will take a nine-game touchdown drought into next week's action against Seattle. He's best viewed as a TE2 going forward.
Dec 2 - 8:29 PM


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