Player News - Vikings

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Laquon Treadwell (thigh) returned to practice on Saturday.

Treadwell sat out the Thursday's game after getting injured in a practice fight last week. He's not fully recovered, but is healthy enough for limited reps. Treadwell looks on track to play in the Vikings' second preseason game.
Aug 12 - 5:34 PM

Vikings placed RB Bishop Sankey (knee) on injured reserve.

It's an expected move after Sankey was ruled out for the season. The Vikings signed RB Bronson Hill to fill Sankey's spot.
Aug 12 - 2:44 PM

Vikings RB Bishop Sankey is out for the season with a torn right ACL.

It's not a surprise if you saw the injury live in Thursday night's preseason opener. The NFL simply hasn't been meant to be for the former Titans second-rounder, who never played to his college measurables in the pros. Sankey had been trying to hang on as a third- or fourth-stringer on the Vikings.
Aug 11 - 5:24 PM

Second-round RB Dalvin Cook has impressed as a receiver at Vikings camp.

Cook was green as a receiver early on at Florida State but improved steadily throughout his career, recording 33 catches for 488 yards as a junior in 2016. The rookie has already shown chemistry with Sam Bradford, catching four balls in Minnesota's preseason opener. "I think he’s going to be a valuable asset, not only in the run game, but I think we’re going to be able to utilize him in the pass game," said Bradford. Cook has yet to lock up the starting job but holds a comfortable lead over Latavius Murray.
Aug 11 - 3:11 PM

Vikings RB Bishop Sankey left Thursday night's preseason opener with a right knee injury.

Sankey crumpled into a ball at the end of a 14-yard run, gripping his knee. He needed to be helped off by trainers. Sankey has been competing for an end-of-roster spot behind Dalvin Cook, Latavius Murray, and Jerick McKinnon. Sankey said he will go for an MRI to determine the damage on Friday.
Aug 10 - 8:46 PM

Dalvin Cook rushed five times for 13 yards and caught 4-of-4 targets for 30 yards in the Vikings' preseason opener.

With Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon idle, Cook operated as the Vikings’ every-down back with the first-team offense. Cook was employed as a true bellcow, staying in for pass-protection situations and staying on with the Case Keenum group, even after Sam Bradford rested. Cook is trending toward a true feature back in Minnesota and should be approached as an upside RB2 pick.
Aug 10 - 8:06 PM

Vikings LCB Trae Waynes suffered a shoulder injury in the team's preseason opener.

He's done for the night. No severity of the injury has been disclosed, but the fact that Waynes was ruled out so quickly is cause for concern. The Vikings would have to turn back to Terence Newman outside if Waynes misses any time.
Aug 10 - 7:36 PM

Laquon Treadwell is sitting out the Vikings' preseason opener after getting injured in a practice fight last week.

Treadwell was evidently injured in a training camp scuffle with Antone Exum last Monday. He hasn't practiced since. It's a bitterly disappointing development for a player who seemed to be making progress after a lost rookie year. It's unclear when Treadwell might return, though he's likely day to day.
Aug 10 - 5:47 PM

Vikings LT Riley Reiff (back) returned to practice Monday.

Reiff had been sidelined for over a week after suffering a back injury during the first practice of camp. The Vikings never seemed concerned about the injury, however, and he should be back to full speed in no time. Reiff and Mike Remmers will give the Vikings new and hopefully improved bookends this season.
Aug 8 - 10:26 AM

Dalvin Cook is listed as the No. 1 running back on the Vikings' initial depth chart of preseason.

Latavius Murray was just recently activated from camp/PUP, so this isn't surprising. On the depth chart released Monday, Cook is ahead of No. 2 back Jerick McKinnon, followed by Bishop Sankey and "Terrell Newby" on the third team. Whenever Murray gets healthy and fully incorporated into the offense, he remains likely to serve a niche role with Cook handling lead-back work.
Aug 7 - 4:23 PM

Vikings activated RB Latavius Murray (ankle) from the active/PUP list.

Murray ended up spending two weeks on the PUP list. It's not a moment too soon for the 27-year-old back, who has been working on side fields as second-rounder Dalvin Cook wows onlookers. Murray should miss this week's preseason opener, but has enough time to get in shape for Game No. 2. It's not written in stone, but Cook is the current favorite to lead the Vikings' backfield in touches.
Aug 7 - 3:10 PM

Vikings signed NT Linval Joseph to a four-year, $50 million extension with $31.5 million guaranteed.

Joseph is the Vikings' top run-stuffer and is now being paid as such. After extending fellow defensive core guys Everson Griffen and Xavier Rhodes, the Vikings have done well to keep their in-grown talent in place. As Joseph was already under contract for the next two seasons, the Vikings now have him under control for the next six. Joseph turns 29 in October.
Aug 5 - 1:28 PM

Suspended WR Michael Floyd has been playing with the "Vikings’ top three-receiver package" and has made "several impressive sideline catches" in training camp.

Coach Mike Zimmer showed his support, saying "[Floyd looked] pretty dang good." Floyd is suspended four games, but he has a chance to make an impact after that in three-receiver sets. After showing potential in Arizona, Floyd's career has been spiraling downward. This suspension may have served as a wake-up call for the talented 27-year-old underachiever.
Aug 5 - 10:55 AM

Vikings OC Pat Shurmur sang second-round rookie Dalvin Cook's praises for his ability in pass protection.

Being competent in pass protection at running back is the quickest way to playing time in today's NFL. Coming from a pro-style offense in college, Cook gets it. "He's got a great background in it," Shurmur said. "He has a really great foundation coming from Florida State, so he understands the big picture, he understands our terminology as to who we’re blocking and he really has a good feel for the game. I don’t see any elements of running back play that he can’t be very good at, and pass protection is one of them." Cook is on the fast path to three-down duties in Minnesota. He's taking full control of the job with Latavius Murray still sidelined.
Aug 4 - 9:25 AM

Latavius Murray (ankle, PUP) believes he's getting close to a return.

"I had two really good (workouts), so things are good," Murray said Thursday. "It is (getting close)… I did a little bit of everything, so hopefully soon." The Vikings have been talking of Murray falling behind while rookie Dalvin Cook makes an excellent first impression. Murray was originally supposed to be ready for training camp. He seems unlikely to be ready for next week's preseason opener.
Aug 3 - 7:04 PM


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