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‘Strong’ legs under him, Michael Mauti is ready to make an impression

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — For the first time in three years, Michael Mauti didn’t have to go through a rehab program this offseason.

Mauti, 24, is healthy and hopes to stay that way after three ACL injuries shortened his college career and sent him down the draft boards to the […]

Adrian Peterson active vs. Panthers, Josh Freeman is not

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will play against the Carolina Panthers as he was not on the team’s inactives list.

Newly added quarterback Josh Freeman will be inactive for his first game in purple, leaving once-starting quarterback Christian Ponder to backup now-starting quarterback Matt Cassel. Safety Mistral Raymond is inactive for […]

Notebook: Matt Cassel gets second start, but Josh Freeman is on deck

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told the media on Friday what he had already told former starting quarterback Christian Ponder – that reserve Matt Cassel has passed him in the pecking order and will start Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Frazier wouldn’t say what the plan is for former Tampa […]

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 time […]

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 […]

Pregame: Get acquainted with new personnel in Vikings-Browns

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings (0-2) are in desperate need of a confidence booster in their home opener after spotting division opponents two games on the road.

The script couldn’t have been written any easier: they’ll face a Cleveland Browns (0-2) team that flipped the switch to rebuilding mode as soon […]

Notebook: Cordarrelle Patterson says patience comes naturally

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Jarius Wright knows a little about what Minnesota Vikings rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is going through.

Maybe not to the extreme of a first-round pick, but Wright’s rookie role last season was that of a bench warmer, until receiver Percy Harvin was injured and he stepped in.

“It’s way […]

Seven inactives for Vikings, Guion to start for Williams

By akrammer@1500espn.com

The Minnesota Vikings announced seven inactives for Sunday’s regular season opener at the Detroit Lions.

Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, safety Mistral Raymond, rookie linebackers Gerald Hoges and Michael Mauti, guard Jeff Baca, defensive end George Johnson and defensive tackle Kevin Williams will not suit up.

The most notable of the inactives is safety Mistral […]

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 […]

Training camp Day 15 quick hits: Two one-handed catches end camp

•The Minnesota Vikings 2013 training camp came to a close with probably the two best catches of the entire program.

Receiver Cordarrelle Patterson stuck his left arm out and around cornerback A.J. Jefferson as he was 30 yards downfield, snagging a one-handed grab from backup quarterback Matt Cassel. Jefferson was in position, but was bested.

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