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Adrian Peterson to play Sunday, asked for privacy in ‘private matter’

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said Friday he will play against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday following tragic news that his two-year old son is in critical condition in a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital.

“I’m going to start off by saying I really appreciate all the support I’ve been […]

Christian Ponder says he’s healthy and disappointed…so, benched?

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – After 29 starts, the Christian Ponder era with the Minnesota Vikings seems to be grinding to a halt.

Ponder said after Thursday’s practice he is healthy and has been cleared to play on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, but said coaches have told him who will start on Sunday and, well, […]

One of 2014 free agents, Jared Allen says no worries about his deal

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen will start his 85th-consecutive game in purple on Sunday in a career that has already produced 120.5 sacks.

In his sixth and final contract season with the Vikings, Allen said he’s not focused on his situation after watching fellow 30-year old defensive end Brian […]

Shaun King: ‘Frazier really wasn’t in favor of bringing Freeman in’

From the outside looking in, it appears Christian Ponder’s time as a starting quarterback in Minnesota is finished. The Vikings insist otherwise, with head coach Leslie Frazier going so far as to say he still feels Ponder has a “bright future” in the organization.

To paraphrase: It may look bad on the surface, Frazier said, […]

Report: Christian Ponder cleared to play, but Matt Cassel will start

Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier may have to revise his latest statments.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, quarterback Christian Ponder (rib injury) has been cleared to play, but the Vikings are still likely to start Matt Cassel for Sunday’s home game against the Carolina Panthers.

Frazier had been saying since before the Vikings’ win […]

Josh Freeman introduced, Brian Robison extended

Josh Freeman practiced with the #Vikings for the first time Wednesday. Andrew Krammer and Derek Wetmore talk about Freeman’s arrival and Brian Robison’s contract extension. #1500espn #SportsWire

Vikings waive DE George Johnson, add former Giants DE Justin Trattou

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman spoke with defensive end George Johnson before choosing the Vikings.

On his first day, one of Freeman’s friends was released from the team, the Vikings announced on Wednesday. Johnson was waived, allowing the team to pick up former New York Giants defensive end Justin Trattou […]

Freeman enters as third-sting quarterback, says no tension between QBs

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Three paths merge in the Minnesota Vikings quarterback room this week as quarterbacks Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman have all started games in 2013.

During his first day at practice, Freeman insisted there’s no animosity felt, despite all three quarterbacks vying for their futures with only 12 guaranteed […]

Vikings lose quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson on waivers to 49ers

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings have a crowded quarterback situation, but McLeod Bethel-Thompson has been bumped out.

The former third-stringer was released Monday to make room for Josh Freeman’s signing. If Bethel-Thompson cleared waivers, he could have been assigned to the Vikings’ practice squad.

But the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday claimed Bethel-Thompson, […]

Vikings offered Everson Griffen extension, but it ‘wasn’t in ballpark’

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — One Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman got extended on Wednesday, another admitted he received an offer that wasn’t substantial enough for his side.

Defensive end Brian Robison received a four-year extension worth around $28 million on Wednesday. After practice, defensive end Everson Griffen congratulated his teammate and spoke about his own […]