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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 […]

Notebook: Jared Allen doesn't just say he's healthy, he looks healthy

By akrammer@1500espn.com

After multiple offseason surgeries, Minnesota Vikings defense end Jared Allen has proclaimed his health and resurgence this preseason, but on Sunday, he proved it.

Allen, 31, had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder as well as a procedure described as a ‘minor cleanup’ of his knee, both on Jan. […]

Vikings DT Kevin Williams Out For Opener

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams has been ruled out for the season opener Sunday against Detroit.

Coach Leslie Frazier said on Friday that Williams was not able to practice all week. The coach believes his star defensive tackle is close to returning, but not quite ready to play.

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Vikings Boast 2 From Linebacker U

Reporting David McCoy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – When the Vikings open the season against the Lions on Sunday, it’ll be an exciting day for a couple of Nittany Lions, who will make their NFL debut.

They might be rookies, but their experience at Penn State forever changed Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges.

It makes […]

Vikings rookie Xavier Rhodes healthy, ready to start ‘growing pains’

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes said he’s never had a hamstring injury in his football career.

There’s a first for everything, including when Rhodes takes the field for his NFL debut on Friday at the Buffalo Bills.

“I don’t try to stress it at all,” Rhodes told 1500ESPN.com on Tuesday. “When you […]

Halftime: Vikings up 13-10, Cordarrelle Patterson has 104 total yards

Minnesota Vikings rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has left a good first impression.

Patterson returned the opening kickoff 50 yards and caught four passes for 54 yards in his first two quarters of play.

Patterson also rammed into a few defenders, utilizing his 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound frame to excel in run blocking situations.

Starting quarterback Christian Ponder […]