Player News - Vikings

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is likely to begin camp on the active/PUP list.

This is so unsurprising it barely qualifies as news, but any update on Bridgewater's recovery is worth a note. Even if he lands on the PUP list to start camp, Bridgewater will be able to come off the list at any time, although it remains possible if not likely he opens the season on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him at least six games. Bridgewater looks like he will return to the field at some point this year, but he still has a long way to go in his recovery.
Jul 23 - 6:37 PM

Vikings WR Jarius Wright is on the roster bubble.

Wright is entering his third season of a four-year, $15.5 million extension signed in 2015. He was active for just eight games last year, playing under 12 percent of snaps. Wright isn't needed after the Vikings added Michael Floyd and late-rounders Rodney Adams and Stacy Coley. Releasing Wright would save $2.6M.
Source: ESPN
Jul 21 - 7:05 PM

Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer is campaigning coach Mike Zimmer to allow him to use rookie Dalvin Cook on kick returns.

One of the best STs coaches in the league, Priefer admitted he's not holding his breath that Zimmer will allow it. Cook is in the mix, if not the favorite, to be the Vikings' No. 1 running back, which would surely mean he won't be on returns. Minnesota is looking for a replacement for Pro Bowl returner Cordarrelle Patterson. Rookie WR Rodney Adams is considered the lead man for the job.
Jul 18 - 9:17 PM

Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wouldn't rule out the possibility of second-round RB Dalvin Cook seeing 300 touches as a rookie.

After viewing Cook at OTAs and minicamp, Vensel praised the 21-year-old's speed and versatility, particularly in the passing game. In Vensel's eyes, Cook has a chance to become an every-down back if he can earn the Vikings' trust in pass protection. Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon will be in the mix, but Cook is clearly the lead dog in Minnesota's three-man backfield.
Jul 16 - 10:46 AM

Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is working out with former college teammate DeVante Parker.

The duo played together at Louisville. Bridgewater was pictured wearing a brace on his surgically-repaired left knee during this workout after photos emerged of him getting in work without the brace earlier this week. With the Vikings not giving any real updates, these info drips are the only way to judge Bridgewater's recovery. From what we can tell, the quarterback has a shot to return at some point this year, although he will almost certainly open camp on the active/PUP list.
Jul 15 - 2:27 PM

NFL suspended Vikings WR Michael Floyd four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Floyd was arrested for DUI in December and tested positive for alcohol during his house arrest, violating the terms of his sentence. He claimed the positive test was triggered by Kombucha tea, an excuse met with plenty of skepticism. Floyd was awful last year, hauling in just 33-of-71 targets over 13 games for New England and Arizona. Already on thin ice with his new team, Floyd's four-game ban gives the Vikings a ready-made excuse to move on from the troubled 27-year-old.
Jul 14 - 4:15 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has informed Michael Floyd he will be released if the team determines he was lying about his Kombucha tea defense in his drinking case.

Sentenced to house arrest in his DUI case, Floyd promptly failed three "self-administered Breathalyzer tests" last month. He insisted the failure was the result of consuming too much Kombucha tea. It's a dubious defense, to put it mildly, but the matter has already been settled in the courts. Unless he fails another test, Floyd is probably home free with Zimmer and the Vikings.
Jul 13 - 4:51 PM

Teddy Bridgewater posted pictures on Instagram showing him working out without a brace on his surgically-repaired left knee.

Bridgewater was seen doing work during OTAs and minicamp, but it was always while wearing a brace. The quarterback is still likely to open training camp on the active/PUP list, but it continues to look increasingly likely he is cleared to return at some point this season. If that happens, he is expected to back up Sam Bradford.
Jul 13 - 11:38 AM

Latavius Murray admitted rookie Dalvin Cook is ahead of him in the Vikings’ running back competition.

"Dalvin's already been through OTAs, he's been through the offseason. So, he has that up on me," Murray said. Murray missed the entire spring recovering from surgery and is unlikely to be ready for the start of training camp. The missed time makes Cook the favorite to start Week 1. The Minneapolis Star Tribune expects Murray to open the season as the Vikings’ short-yardage back.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 1 - 2:30 PM

Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune believes Latavius Murray (ankle) will be the Vikings' short-yardage back this season.

Vensel notes Minnesota struggled in short-yardage situations last season while Murray scored nine touchdowns from inside the five-yard line and converted 13-of-18 short-yardage tries on third or fourth down, albeit behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. Second-rounder Dalvin Cook should be the starter, but Murray could vulture significant fantasy value if he is able to earn the goal-line job. Unlikely to be ready for training camp because of ankle surgery, he will have to get healthy first.
Jun 29 - 9:48 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune expects Michael Floyd to make the Vikings' 53-man roster.

GM Rick Spielman issued Floyd a statement of support on Monday, and beat writer Matt Vensel correctly surmises the Vikings wouldn't be going to all this trouble if they didn't expect Floyd to be on their Week 1 roster. It's also safe to assume that Floyd is out of second chances, and will be cut at the next hint of trouble.
Jun 27 - 1:57 PM

Speaking on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, Latavius Murray said he expects to "be the guy" in the backfield.

"This is my time, this is my opportunity," Murray said. "When it comes Game 1, I need to be back there lining up." It would be shocking if he said anything else, but second-rounder Dalvin Cook looks like the heavy favorite after Murray was forced to miss the offseason program with an ankle injury, which the veteran admitted has put him "behind." Murray should have a role if he can get his ankle right, but it would be surprising if he emerges as the starter.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 27 - 10:06 AM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman said the organization "believes" in Michael Floyd, and he will remain on the club's roster and report for training camp.

Floyd boneheadedly consumed alcohol just days before his house arrest sentence was set to expire earlier this month, and he was sentenced to one day in jail in Arizona on Monday. He got off extremely light and will keep his job at the same time. Floyd won't be guaranteed to make the final 53-man roster out of camp and is certainly facing a league-mandated suspension from Roger Goodell.
Jun 26 - 7:05 PM

Vikings WR Michael Floyd has been sentenced to one day in jail for violating the terms of his house arrest.

Floyd, who isn't allowed to drink alcohol as part of his house arrest arrangement, allegedly failed five different tests. He absurdly blamed the failures on Kombucha tea. The judge wasn't having it. Floyd is lucky to escape with only a day in jail. It's unclear how safe his Vikings' roster spot is. Floyd was signed just 47 days ago.
Jun 26 - 4:44 PM

Vikings assistant GM George Paton declined to interview for the Chiefs' vacant GM position.

The Chiefs fired John Dorsey last week. With coach Andy Reid seemingly the most important voice in Kansas City's front office, it is not surprising Paton wants to wait for a better opportunity. He was one of the finalists for the 49ers job in January.
Jun 26 - 9:45 AM


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