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Peterson’s Return, Zimmer’s Eye The Vikings’ Talk Ahead Of Jacksonville

By Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (WCCO) — Under the category of “there is never a dull moment at Winter Park,” two story lines on Wednesday as the Vikings prepare for Jacksonville.

Running back Adrian Peterson discussed his possible return, and Mike Zimmer did not want to discuss his eye issues.

We have not seen Peterson since his injury on the field in Week 2 against the Packers, but he’s been working out and he says he could come back this season. But not this week, and only if the team is in contention will it be considered.

“My vision is making it to the playoffs. You know that’s what I believe and that’s what I have my eyes on right now,” Peterson said.

But of course all eyes right now are on Mike Zimmer’s eye. And as you might expect from a grizzled coach, he’s the last one who wants to focus on just that.

So how does coach Zimmer feel about his eye’s condition?

“Great,” Zimmer said.

Could you give us a little more than that?

“I’m good to go,” Zimmer said.

But when did you know that this was becoming a problem again?

“It was just I could tell it was getting worse that’s all,” Zimmer said.

The players will talk it about it more than Zimmer. They’re not surprised to see him back, not the old school coach who is trying to send a message.

“He had a surgery and he’s here the next day working his butt off,” Terence Newman said. “There’s no excuses, so it’s kind of the mentality he brings to this team.”

So might he have to move from the sidelines to the booth because of this eye injury? It’s hard to tell with coach Zim.

“I don’t know, the doctors will talk to me about something. Let’s talk about Jacksonville, huh?” Zimmer said.

Zimmer’s only comment on a report that Harrison Smith could miss this week and beyond with a sprained ankle was that Smith is a tough player who will work hard to get back as soon as possible.

Source:: CBS Minnesota

Notebook: Kearse, Harris Ready if Harrison Smith Misses Time

By Eric Smith EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings safety Harrison Smith missed Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury, and his status for Sunday’s game in Jacksonville is in question. Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimme…

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Adrian Peterson’s business decision is far from cut and dry (ep. 175)

By Matthew Coller

In this episode of the Purple Podcast, ESPN’s Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN’s Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss Adrian Peterson’s comments on Wednesday in which he admitted that he won’t be returning if the Vikings are not making a playoff push. Also, should Minnesota’s ownership and management encourage Mike Zimmer to not coach against Jacksonville. And do the Jaguars have a chance against the Vikings? Plus, Ben guesses Jags terrible quarterbacks of the past.

The post Adrian Peterson’s business decision is far from cut and dry (ep. 175) appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

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Adrian Peterson’s business decision is far from cut and dry (ep. 175)

By Matthew Coller

In this episode of the Purple Podcast, ESPN’s Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN’s Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss Adrian Peterson’s comments on Wednesday in which he admitted that he won’t be returning if the Vikings are not making a playoff push. Also, should Minnesota’s ownership and management encourage Mike Zimmer to not coach against Jacksonville. And do the Jaguars have a chance against the Vikings? Plus, Ben guesses Jags terrible quarterbacks of the past.

The post Adrian Peterson’s business decision is far from cut and dry (ep. 175) appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

Cedric Thornton isn’t interested in talking about whacking Sam Bradford in the head

By Mike Florio Last Thursday night’s win by the Cowboys over the Vikings was sealed when referee Tony Corrente did his best Stevie Wonder impersonation on a two-point conversion try. Cowboys defensive lineman Cedric Thornton whacked Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford in the head, Corrente didn’t see it, and the Vikings didn’t get a second opportunity to tie the…

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GoPro Showcases U.S. Bank Stadium

The team from GoPro recently paid a visit to U.S. Bank Stadium to show off the building as only they can.

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Rapoport on Harrison Smith’s Ankle Injury

By NFL Network NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports the latest on Vikings safety Harrison Smith’s high ankle sprain, and how serious it might really be.

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Rapoport on Peterson’s Potential Return

By NFL Network NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has the latest on injured Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and whether or not he may return this season.

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Zulgad: In this situation, Adrian Peterson is smart to put himself ahead of the Vikings

By Judd Zulgad

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Adrian Peterson long ago made the decision that he would put himself ahead of the Vikings when it came to his potential return from a Week 2 injury suffered against Green Bay.

The running back did that the day he opted to have a full repair of the meniscus in his right knee instead of a trim that could accelerated his return but put his long-term future at risk.

So it should have come as no surprise on Wednesday when Peterson, speaking to the media for the first time in months, made it clear that he would return only if the Vikings won their next two games and remained in playoff contention. (Peterson would not give an exact game for when he might be back but the Christmas Eve game at Green Bay is a good guess.)

“I wouldn’t return for obvious reasons,” if the Vikings lost to Jacksonville and Indianapolis, Peterson said. “I’m not going to get into details about that but my vision is making it to the playoffs. That’s what I believe and that’s what I have my eyes on right now.”

That’s not entirely true. What Peterson, and his camp, have their eyes on is protecting a 31-year-old who has his sights set on continuing his career for several more years.

There have been times where Peterson’s logic has been baffling. The most obvious example came in 2014 when he faced child-abuse charges and yet somehow came away angry at the Vikings after he was suspended for most of that season. Peterson somehow saw himself as the victim and the Vikings as the bad guy.

In that situation, he could not have been more out of line. In this situation, Peterson is doing the right thing and owes no one an apology.

Even if the Vikings remain in the playoff hunt, Peterson might have to think twice about coming back for the final two regular-season games against the Packers and Chicago.

Peterson was averaging an anemic 1.6 yards per rush before he was injured in the third quarter on Sept. 18 against Green Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium. Peterson has long talked about, “famine, famine, feast,” when it comes to his running style – meaning he loses a yard, gains 3 and then goes for 78 – but his longest run on 31 attempts was only 9 yards.

This was in large part because Peterson was being hit almost as soon as he touched the ball due to an offensive line that had early-season issues in its run protection schemes. Those issues have only gotten worse as the line has gone from shaky to atrocious in part because of injuries. There is no feast for Vikings running backs in 2016, only a lot of famine. The Vikings are averaging an NFL-worst 3.0 yards per rushing attempt.

So why would Peterson want to put himself in a position to either have little impact after a three-month layoff or, worse yet, get injured again?

There are some who will say that if Peterson comes back and is successful that will create a market for him if he chooses to leave the Vikings after this season. That opportunity should exist because the Vikings almost certainly will attempt to restructure a contract that right now would pay Peterson a base salary of $11.75 million in 2017 and carry a salary-cap hit of $18 million.

Considering Sam Bradford’s base salary will be $13 million next season, and his salary-cap hit will be $17 million, the Vikings would be foolish to keep an aging running back on their payroll at an outrageous salary.

Peterson could roll the dice, return to the field for the last two games of this season, and maybe even a playoff game, and attempt to show that he’s still one of the best players at his position. Or he could look as feeble as Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata have running behind this offensive line and decrease any value he might have left.

This doesn’t seem like that tough of choice for Peterson. He has always put himself first and he’s not going to stop now.

And, in this case, no one should blame him for that.

The post Zulgad: In this situation, Adrian Peterson is smart to put himself ahead of the Vikings appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

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Presser Points: Bradford on Zimmer’s Status, Treadwell’s Progression

By Craig Peters EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford joined teammates in welcoming back Head Coach Mike Zimmer this week. Bradford, Zimmer and the Vikings have turned the page and are focused on…

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