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Frazier confirms that Cassel starts, Ponder backs up

By Darin Gantt

The Vikings have bigger problems at the moment.

But the expected quarterback change (at least the first in a series) has gone down.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told reporters that Matt Cassel would start Sunday against the Panthers and Christian Ponder would be the backup. That leaves recently acquired Josh Freeman […]

Report: Peterson returns to at team facility

By Mike Florio

Many details remain unknown and unconfirmed regarding the situation that prompted Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to miss practice on Thursday.

We’ve reported that he is dealing with a “tragic” personal situation. A source close to Peterson has declined to disclose any details, explaining that Peterson will address the situation at the […]

Report: Peterson’s son severely beaten, in critical condition

By Mike Florio

When reports emerged that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed practice and traveled to South Dakota due to a “medical issue involving [a] young family member that likely will be a police matter,” several tipsters linked the news to reports from Sioux Falls of a man named Robert Joseph Patterson charged with […]

Blair Walsh leaves practice with hamstring injury

By Josh Alper

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie wasn’t the only player forced out of a practice because of injury on Thursday.

The Vikings also sent kicker Blair Walsh to the sideline after he felt a “little bit of a twinge” in his left hamstring while practicing kickoffs. Coach Leslie Frazier said that the team was […]

Ponder: Vikings QB situation “disappointing and frustrating”

By Michael David Smith

In a matter of two weeks, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has gone from the unquestioned starter in Minnesota to backing up Matt Cassel while simultaneously looking over his shoulder at Josh Freeman. Ponder isn’t happy about that.

Ponder said he knows he’s not in the same situation that he used to […]

Adrian Peterson misses practice for personal reasons, spotted in South Dakota

By Mike Florio

As the Vikings prepare for their first game after the bye week, running back Adrian Peterson bid farewell to practice for a day.

Absent for what the team described as “personal reasons,” the person of Peterson was spotted in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, according to the Argus (S.D.) Leader.

Peterson was spotted […]

Report: Cassel expected to start for Vikings

By Josh Alper

We’ve known for a couple of days that Josh Freeman won’t be starting at quarterback for the Vikings against the Panthers this weekend, but the identity of the player that will be starting against the Panthers has not been revealed.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team is expected to give […]

Freeman’s official salary: $2,000,001

By Mike Florio

There was plenty of confusion regarding the value of the 12-week contract signed by quarterback Josh Freeman. As others reported in the land rush to placate editors and/or producers after not breaking the news that Freeman had signed with the Vikings, Freeman was getting paid $3 million for the rest of the […]

49ers claim McLeod Bethel-Thompson, waive John Skelton

By Josh Alper

The 49ers are spinning the backup quarterback carousel again,

Last week, the 49ers signed quarterback John Skelton and waived rookie B.J. Daniels in a shuffle of third-string quarterbacks behind Colin Kaepernick and Colt McCoy. This week, it’s Skelton that’s out.

The NFL’s daily transaction release brought news that San Francisco claimed quarterback […]

Vikings reach four-year extension with Brian Robison

By Darin Gantt

The Vikings signed a pass-rushing defensive end to a contract extension which could cover the practical length of his career.

No, not that one.

The Vikings have signed defensive end Brian Robison to a four-year extension, according to Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY.

The 30-year-old Robison has 31 sacks in seven seasons, […]