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Antoine Winfield pursuing NFL return in “right situation”

By Curtis Crabtree

When the Seattle Seahawks told Antoine Winfield that they planned to release him in August, the 15-year veteran cornerback elected to call it a career. He had been named to an All-Pro team and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection in his time with the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings.

However, […]

Defensive sets and film observations: Week 3 vs. Browns

By akrammer@1500espn.com

Welcome to the first installment of ‘Defensive sets and film observations,’ this one brought to you for the Minnesota Vikings-Cleveland Browns.

Every Wednesday after a game, we’ll take a look at what the Vikings defense looked like, bring you five key takeaways from film study and hand out a proverbial game ball and […]

Vikings cornerback Chris Cook injured groin, will miss rest of game

By dwetmore@1500espn.com

Vikings cornerback Chris Cook tweaked is groin in the first half Sunday and will not return, according to the team.

When Cook initially went to the sidelines, he was listed as “probable” to return, but was downgraded to “questionable” before being ruled out during half time.

With Cook out, A.J. Jefferson played right […]

Vikings could look to get Antoine Winfield back from Seahawks

by Judd Zulgad 1500ESPN.com

Could Antoine Winfield be headed back to the Minnesota Vikings?

The cornerback, who signed with Seattle during the offseason after being released by the Vikings, won’t make the Seahawks’ 53-man roster, according to CBS’ Jason La Canfora.

Winfield signed a one-year, $2 million deal with Seattle that could pay another $1 […]

Zulgad: Forget passing woes, Vikings' real issue might be in secondary

No matter how feeble the Minnesota Vikings’ first-team offense looked at times this preseason, the reality is that things won’t be that bad come the Sept. 8 regular-season opener in Detroit.

Why? It’s simple.

Adrian Peterson was on the field for only two snaps in games that didn’t matter. When the Vikings face the Lions, […]

Desmond Bishop passes first audition, awaits second on Thursday

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The longest look of any non-starter in the Minnesota Vikings defense went to linebacker Desmond Bishop during Sunday’s preseason loss at the San Francisco 49ers.

Bishop led the team with eight tackles, four for a one-yard-or-less gain, on 33 plays at the weak-side or nickel linebacker role.

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Zulgad: Vikings need Chris Cook to prove he can remain on the field

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Chris Cook didn’t worry much about taking notes when he attended defensive meetings at the University of Virginia.

But then Cook was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2010 and began sitting next to Antoine Winfield as the defensive backs met at Winter Park. Cook observed, and eventually began to copy, […]

Vikings release cornerback Jacob Lacey

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings announced the release of cornerback Jacob Lacey on Monday.

Lacey, 26, signed to the Vikings in late April and missed mandatory minicamp in June with a dislocated thumb and was out most of training camp with knee problems, ultimately having surgery on Aug. 12.

Coach Leslie Frazier said […]

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 […]