Player News - Vikings

Date: Team: Pos:

Vikings placed QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Bridgewater suffered a completely torn ACL, dislocated knee, and other structural damage at Tuesday's practice. He's facing a lengthy rehab and isn't a lock to be ready for Week 1 next season. Shaun Hill will replace Bridgewater, but the Vikings could look outside the organization for another quarterback.
Aug 31 - 5:24 PM

Appearing on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel reports the Vikings don't think they can "get by" with Shaun Hill for 16 games.

Vensel believes the Vikings will look outside the organization for another quarterback, though he does report the team "likes" Taylor Heinicke, but Heinicke is on the NFI list after tearing up his foot in an off-field incident. He's not expected to be able to practice for another three weeks. The Vikings were one of the teams linked to Nick Foles before he signed with the Chiefs. It's possible they could try to pry Josh McCown away from the Browns for a mid-rounder.
Aug 31 - 9:14 AM

Shaun Hill will open the season as the Vikings' starting quarterback.

He should be grabbed in two-quarterback leagues, but nowhere else. 36 1/2 years old, Hill will spend much of his time under center executing handoffs to Adrian Peterson. Hill appeared in nine games (eight starts) with the 2014 Rams, completing 63.3 percent of his throws with an 8:7 TD-to-INT ratio and 7.2 YPA. The Vikings should be willing to take those rate stats and run with them if Hill can repeat. We wouldn't bet on Hill lasting 16 starts this year.
Aug 30 - 10:23 PM

Vikings re-signed QB Brad Sorensen.

Sorensen was just cut on Monday, but the Vikings need his arm again after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a torn ACL and dislocated knee in Tuesday's practice. Minnesota will surely look for an upgrade on Sorensen in the coming days. For now, it's Shaun Hill, Sorensen, and UDFA Joel Stave.
Aug 30 - 9:55 PM

The Vikings announced Teddy Bridgewater suffered a completely torn ACL and dislocated knee at Tuesday's practice.

This was the fear. Bridgewater also suffered "other structural damage," and he's obviously done for the season. The Vikings expect Bridgewater to make a full recovery, but when exactly he'll be healed is anybody's guess. It's going to be a long, lonely rehab for the 24-year-old (in November). Minnesota's playoff chances take a big hit, even if Bridgewater isn't scaring many defenses with his arm. He showed tangible signs of progress the past year. Veteran backup Shaun Hill is a big downgrade. Adrian Peterson will be relied on even more.
Aug 30 - 8:22 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Teddy Bridgewater's knee injury was "gruesome," and that his teammates were "noticeably affected."

It sounds like we're dealing with a Kevin Ware/Paul George-type situation. An ambulance and paramedics were summoned when Bridgewater went down, with the paramedics being something longtime observers had never seen before at a Vikings training camp practice. Bridgewater isn't going to play this season. The question is fast becoming if he'll be ready for 2017.
Aug 30 - 6:29 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Teddy Bridgewater's knee injury is "significant."

Zimmer refused to formally announce that Bridgewater is out for the season, but seemed resigned to the fact. The Vikes will get official word after more testing. Anything from a torn ACL to torn patellar tendon is a possibility. Shaun Hill is now the starter, though the Vikings will be searching for more depth. Colin Kaepernick is the biggest name available, but his collapsed play, off-the-field distractions and salary are all significant hurdles to an acquisition.
Aug 30 - 5:11 PM

Teddy Bridgewater suffered a potentially serious non-contact left knee injury in Tuesday's practice.

Bridgewater went down in a heap, and his teammates immediately called for the trainer. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, players were cursing and throwing their helmets. They gathered around Bridgewater in prayer. The scene was described as "complete shock." The Vikings canceled practice and an ambulance was summoned. Obviously, it has the looks of a potentially season-ending injury, which would be a devastating blow even considering Bridgewater's game-managing ways. Journeyman veteran Shaun Hill is the next man up on the depth chart.
Aug 30 - 3:02 PM

Vikings TE MyCole Pruitt will be sidelined 2-4 weeks with a sprained MCL.

Pruitt was hurt in the Vikings' third preseason game. Expected to serve as the No. 2 tight end in a "move" role, Pruitt is extremely unlikely to play Week 1.
Aug 29 - 8:58 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson missed his lone target in the Vikings' third preseason game.

Yes, he's still in the NFL. Patterson added two kickoff returns for 43 yards. C-Pat won't be involved on offense beyond the occasional bubble screen.
Aug 28 - 10:29 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed eight times for 56 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for nine yards in the Vikings' third preseason game.

McKinnon re-confirmed his explosive ability and adeptness in the passing game. Beat writers believe McKinnon's receiving role will increase this year, as it should. While standalone value may still be hard to come by, McKinnon would become an every-week fantasy starter if something happened to Adrian Peterson.
Aug 28 - 4:27 PM

Laquon Treadwell caught his only target for 15 yards in Sunday’s regular season dress rehearsal.

It came on a quick hitter from third-string QB Joel Stave early in the fourth quarter. Treadwell also snagged a two-point conversion on a goal-line fade from Shaun Hill. He climbed the ladder to make an impressive catch over Chargers corner Trevor Williams. Treadwell logged nine snaps in the first half compared to 29 for Stefon Diggs, 25 for Charles Johnson and 17 for Adam Thielen. He’ll enter his rookie year with some depth chart ground to make up.
Aug 28 - 4:17 PM

Charles Johnson secured 2-of-3 targets for 25 yards in Sunday’s regular season dress rehearsal.

Both grabs came on Minnesota’s final drive of the first half. Johnson didn’t do anything to leap off the page, but he out-snapped every Vikings receiver in the first half except for Stefon Diggs. It’s hard to trust Johnson after what he put fantasy owners through last season, but he is going to be a Week 1 starter.
Aug 28 - 4:15 PM

Stefon Diggs got 5-of-5 targets for 71 yards in Sunday's preseason game.

Diggs finishes the preseason with seven grabs for 82 yards. Moving all over the formation this summer, Diggs enters Week 1 as the Vikings' clear-cut No. 1 receiver. Diggs is a born playmaker, but still figures to be inconsistent in the Vikings' run-first offense. He's a WR3/4.
Aug 28 - 3:44 PM

Kyle Rudolph absorbed three of his five targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s preseason game.

Inconsistency comes with the territory for Rudolph and Sunday was more of the same. Rudolph turned the ball over with a costly fumble in the second quarter but redeemed himself by nabbing a 27-yard touchdown from Teddy Bridgewater with less than two minutes to go in the first half. Rudolph has never gone for more than 500 yards in a season and that’s probably his ceiling for 2016.
Aug 28 - 3:30 PM


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