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Christian Ballard was no longer 'having a good time playing football'

By jzulgad@1500espn.com

Wondering what happened to Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Christian Ballard?

We now have the answer.

Ballard, 24, who abruptly left the Vikings during training camp and was placed on the reserve/left squad list on Aug. 18, decided he no longer wanted to be in the NFL and is now living in his […]

Vikings moving on without defensive tackle Christian Ballard

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Christian Ballard hasn’t been on a field with the team since the preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Aug. 9.

Placed on the active/left-squad list a week later, Ballard hasn’t been seen around the Vikings practice facilities since. Coach Leslie Frazier said […]

Leslie Frazier: Christian Ballard unlikely to return

Leslie Frazier: Christian Ballard unlikely to rejoin Vikes By Gregg Rosenthal

Christian Ballard left Minnesota Vikings training camp more than two weeks ago, citing personal reasons. It doesn’t sound like the defensive end is coming back to the team anytime soon.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he assumes the 2011 fourth-round draft pick won’t […]

Vikings trim 13 players off roster

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

The Minnesota Vikings announced the release of 13 players on Monday, the most notable being defensive end Lawrence Jackson.

The cuts on offense:

QB James Vandenberg WR Chris Summers WR LaMark Brown WR Erik Highsmith RB Bradley Randle RB Jerodis Williams G Tyler Holmes C Camden Wentz

Defense:

DE Lawrence Jackson […]

Defensive Tackle Depth Will Be On Display Sunday Night

Mike Wobschall vikings.com

Third-year pro Christian Ballard has been placed on the Active/Left Squad list and first-round pick Sharrif Floyd will be sidelined briefly after a knee procedure. On the surface, the temporary loss of two guys who figured to be key parts of the defensive tackle rotation is not a good thing.

But there’s […]

Vikings sign rookie defensive lineman Spencer Nealy

A day after releasing cornerback Jacob Lacey, the Minnesota Vikings announced the signing of rookie defensive lineman Spencer Nealy.

Nealy, 22, went undrafted in April after finishing his senior season at Texas A&M with 42 tackles, two sacks and three pass deflections.

Nealy (6-3, 285) tried out for the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free […]

Sharrif Floyd has minor procedure on knee, out for preseason

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd had a “minor procedure” on his injured left knee early this week and will likely be out the rest of the preseason.

Coach Leslie Frazier said the plan is for Floyd to be ready to go for Week 1 at the Detroit Lions.

“Nothing major,” […]

Notebook: Vikings place Christian Ballard on ‘left squad’ list

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced after Sunday’s practice that defensive tackle Christian Ballard has been placed on the active-left squad list for personal reasons.

Ballard, 23, hasn’t practiced with the team since the Aug. 9 preseason game against the Houston Texans where he recorded a sack and was pulled for […]

Rookie Sharrif Floyd ‘a little sore,’ will have MRI on left knee

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd will have an MRI on his left knee done after being cut from behind on a block in Friday’s 27-13 preseason loss to the Houston Texans.

Coach Leslie Frazier said Floyd would be fine after the loss, but on Sunday morning the rookie was a little […]

Notebook: Sharrif Floyd OK after leaving because of knee injury

MINNEAPOLIS — This was the type of scare the Minnesota Vikings did not need.

With 6 minutes, 55 seconds left in the second quarter of the team’s preseason opener on Friday night against Houston at the Metrodome, first-round pick Sharrif Floyd went to the turf and did not get up after a 2-yard carry by […]