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Raymond, Hodges debut as injuries highlight Vikings inactives

By akrammer@1500espn.com

Minnesota Vikings safety Mistral Raymond and rookie linebacker Gerald Hodges will make their season debuts as the team will be without three starters when they kickoff against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at noon.

Cornerback Chris Cook (groin), safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) and quarterback Christian Ponder (ribs) are inactive for the first […]

Officials incorrectly enforce new red flag rule against Vikings

By Mike Florio

Two weeks ago, referee Bill Leavy’s crew committed multiple errors in the determination and enforcement of penalties after 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was mugged out of bounds by Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.

Today, Leavy and company made an another mistake that Leavy was forced to acknowledge after the game.

It happened in […]

Rookie linebacker Michael Mauti activated, to make NFL debut

By akrammer@1500espn.com

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings rookie linebacker Michael Mauti will have come full circle from three major knee surgeries when he makes his NFL debut on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Mauti was inactive for the first two games at the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, but an injury to fullback/tight end Rhett Ellison […]

Cook, Greenway and others offer mixed bag on defensive breakdown

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway said there’s ‘clarity’ between the players about the current 0-2 record and what needs to happen to turn it around.

However, that clarity appeared to be lacking in the waning moments of the 31-30 loss to the Chicago Bears. Many players offered mixed opinions […]

Vikings’ John Sullivan Should Be Healthy This Week, Ndamukong Suh Fined $100K

By Joseph Gunther

The Minnesota Vikings have been fortunate to avoid serious injuries this season.

Defensive tackle Kevin Williams missed Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions after suffering a knee injury during the preseason and center John Sullivan sustained a knee contusion following an interception. Both of those could have been season-ending injuries.

(Credit, Hannah […]

Halftime: Vikings defense bends, doesn't break with 14-13 lead

By akrammer@1500espn.com

The Minnesota Vikings lead the Detroit Lions 14-13 after two quarters of turnovers, big gains and forgettable plays.

The Lions lead in nearly every statistical category: First downs: DET: 16, MIN: 7; plays: DET: 45, MIN: 19; yards: DET: 269, MIN: 174; time of possession: DET: 20:58, MIN: 9:02.

But the Vikings lead […]

Top in-house candidates for Vikings practice squad

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

The Minnesota Vikings waved goodbye to a few players on Saturday who are not eligible for their 2013 practice squad, but the majority of the cuts can return to serve on the eight-man slate.

Receiver Stephen Burton, offensive tackle Brandon Keith, linebacker Tyrone McKenzie and cornerback Brandon Burton will not return […]

Vikings cuts leaking hours before 53-man roster deadline

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

Coach Leslie Frazier said cuts are one of the toughest parts of his job and he made one of the more difficult ones first on Saturday.

Running back Joe Banyard and linebacker Tyrone McKenzie were cut hours before the 5 p.m. CT deadline for all teams to trim their rosters from […]

First domino falls in Vikings running back Joe Banyard

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

Coach Leslie Frazier said cuts are one of the toughest parts of his job and he made one of the more difficult ones first on Saturday.

Running back Joe Banyard and linebacker Tyrone McKenzie were cut hours before the 5 p.m. CT deadline for all teams to trim their rosters from […]

Prediction for Vikings' 53-man roster

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

The Minnesota Vikings preseason came to a close Thursday night with 29 contributors on the sideline as their replacements beat the Tennessee Titans 24-23.

Coaches and team officials have until Saturday at 5 p.m. CT to trim the roster down to 53.

“It is without question, one of the toughest parts […]