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Vikings waive safety Tocho to add rookie offensive tackle to the practice squad

By Derek Wetmore

The Vikings have signed rookie tackle Storm Norton to the practice squad, the team announced Tuesday. To make room, they’ve waived rookie safety Jack Tocho.

Norton is a first-year NFL player from Toledo. He’s spent time with the Lions and Cardinals on their respective practice squads this year.

Starting offensive tackles Mike Remmers and Riley Reiff are in question for this week as of Tuesday. Remmers missed Sunday’s game while recovering from a back injury. Reiff went down in the second half Sunday with what Mike Zimmer said you could call a sprained ankle.

Too early to call? Zimmer says it’s too soon to know if sprained ankle will keep Riley Reiff out Sunday

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Reports: Packers asking other experts to evaluate Aaron Rodgers, others weighing risk/reward of his return

By Derek Wetmore

Aaron Rodgers wants to come back this season and play spoiler. The decision might not be entirely his to make.

The Packers’ superstar quarterback had a scan done on his collarbone Monday morning, and the team is reportedly discussing the timeline for when Rodgers could return to the field.

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the team and the QB are “at a crossroads” with the decision looming.

Rodgers could be activated this week, by NFL rule, but head coach Mike McCarthy didn’t exactly give an emphatic “YES!” when asked about a possible return.

According to the Rapoport report, there are “loud and protective voices who wonder if it’s worth putting him on the field to potentially injure himself again for a small chance at a great reward.”

Apparently the Packers team doctor sent those test results to mulitple experts for consultation, which is a common practice in Green Bay, according to the Associated Press. Here’s more from the AP report:

McKenzie will gather those recommendations, share them with Rodgers and the team’s football braintrust — coach Mike McCarthy, general manager Ted Thompson and vice president of football administration Russ Ball — and then they’ll determine how to proceed.

Whether that means Rodgers plays against the Panthers, or the Packers must continue their unlikely playoff push with backup quarterback Brett Hundley at the helm, hangs in the balance.

“It is now in the evaluation stage,” McCarthy said Monday afternoon during his usual day-after-the-game briefing — a news conference that was anything but typical given the subject matter. “Dr. McKenzie is reviewing it. There’s a number of medical opinions that will be involved in the decision, so at this time I do not have a clean decision for you — or an update. That’s where it stands.”

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr delivered the blow that broke Rodger’s collarbone, during the Oct. 15 Vikings-Packers game. The QB had surgery four days later, and has teased football fans with on-field warm-up throws, which seemed to indicate that playing this season remained a possibility.

Stay tuned. The Packers — and the NFL and Rodgers and every party involved — will likely want an answer sooner than later.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Vikings CARaoke: Paul Allen

In this very special addition of Vikings CARaoke, the Voice of the Vikings, Paul Allen, joins “Vikings Connected” co-host Chris Hawkey to sing some tunes as only he can. Presented by Pepsi.

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Vikings Sign Former Lions Tackle Storm Norton to Practice Squad

By Vikings PR The Vikings announced on Tuesday that the club has signed tackle Storm Norton to the practice squad and released safety Jack Tocho from the practice squad. Norton joins the Vikings after spending …

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Pick 6 Mailbag: Concerns Coming Out Of Carolina?

Mike Wobschall addresses fan comments and questions, including looking back at the loss vs. Carolina, the mounting injuries on the offensive line, how the Vikings can still gain some sort of home-field advantage for the playoffs potentially and more.

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NFL Power Rankings: Where Do the Vikings Stand After 1ST Loss in 9 Weeks?

By Chris Corso The Vikings eight-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday. Minnesota was defeated on the road 31-24 by the Carolina Panthers. The Vikings (10-3) currently hold the No. 2 seed in the NFC and w…

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Two in, four can clinch playoff berths this weekend

By Darin Gantt We know that the state of Pennsylvania is going to be in the playoffs, as both the Steelers and Eagles clinched their divisions and the postseason berths that go with them. But the league has announced the scenarios for four other teams who could punch their tickets this week, and additional seeding options for the [more]

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Lunchbreak: Vikings Still Find Themselves in “Good Situation”

By Eric Smith There were plenty of frustrations from Minnesota’s 31-24 loss in Carolina on Sunday. Whether it was missed assignments, dropped passes or too many turnovers, the Vikings walked away feeling like t…

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Preview of ‘John Randle: A Football Life’

By NFL.com Follow the incredible story of former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle John Randle, and watch the premier of ‘John Randle: A Football Life’ this Friday on NFL Network at 8 PM CT.

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Vikings.com’s Tuesday Live Chat – 1:00 P.M.

By Eric Smith Our weekly Vikings Live Chat kicks off today at 1 p.m. (CT) from Winter Park. Join Vikings.com Team Reporter Eric Smith as we chat about last week’s loss in Carolina and preview Sunday’s game agai…

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