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Vikings injury updates: Chris Cook, Jamarca Sanford, A.J. Jefferson

By dwetmore@1500espn.com

MINNEAPOLIS — As training camp rolled around, depth in the secondary was a concern for the Vikings. That lack of depth manifested itself Sunday, as Chris Cook, Jamarca Sanford and A.J. Jefferson left the game with injuries. Jefferson returned in some defensive packages, but Cook and Sanford remained on the sidelines.

Marcus […]

Line To See Boost In Play Time If Ellison Misses The Vikings’ Home Opener

By Joseph Gunther

Credit, Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings have been blessed not to have suffered a serious injury so far this season. This week is no different with only Rhett Ellison being a question mark to play in Sunday’s home opener against the Cleveland Browns. The second-year tight end suffered a hyperextended […]

Cordarrelle Patterson will see more snaps for Vikings

By Sessler, Marc

Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson made a strong impression on the Minnesota Vikings during the offseason. So why isn’t he playing more?

The physical wide receiver, who wears No. 84 as a tribute to Randy Moss, played just six snaps in the 31-30 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday after getting just […]

Leslie Frazier wants to see more of Cordarrelle Patterson

By Josh Alper

The Vikings traded up into the first round in April to get wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and discussion immediately began about how he and Greg Jeninngs would be frequent targets for Christian Ponder in the passing game.

It hasn’t turned out that way. Patterson had a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown […]

Desmond Bishop likely to see snaps with first-team defense vs. 49ers

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Desmond Bishop’s proving ground has moved from Mankato to the practice facilities at Winter Park, but he could very well earn a starting job when the Minnesota Vikings travel to San Francisco.

Bishop, who returned from a groin injury last week, will likely see his first playing time with the Minnesota […]

Williams: ‘Time is on our side’ with linebacker Desmond Bishop

MANAKTO, Minn. — The season starts Friday for Minnesota Vikings linebacker Desmond Bishop.

Bishop, a free agent signing from the Green Bay Packers in late June, sat out most of last week and the opening preseason game on Friday with a sore groin after missing the entire 2012 season with a torn hamstring tendon.

Bishop […]

Frazier: Ponder & Co. will play into the 2nd quarter against Buffalo

MANKATO, Minn. — Opinions clashed as soon as Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder sat on the bench with less than one minute played in Friday’s preseason loss to the Houston Texans — some claiming Ponder should only play one series, others opining that the young quarterback needs the reps.

Coach Leslie Frazier made it clear […]

Vikings’ plan for Christian Ponder meant QB had a short night

MINNEAPOLIS — Leslie Frazier had decided before the Minnesota Vikings’ 27-13 loss to the Houston Texans in their preseason opener Friday night that starting quarterback Christian Ponder would only play one series.

Of course, the Vikings coach was hoping that Ponder would be on the field for more than two plays. That didn’t turn out […]

Toby Gerhart to make most of preseason before free agency in 2014

MANKATO, Minn. — Statistically, Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart has less mileage during three NFL seasons than Adrian Peterson had during his triumphant run to winning league MVP last year.

That’s good for the Vikings, who need fresh legs to fill in for the few plays Peterson sits out in the regular season.

But […]

Zulgad: Cutting back on Jared Allen’s snaps wouldn’t be bad idea

There are two things you can always count on that will transpire this time of year in Mankato.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier will discuss his desire to keep his defensive linemen fresh by making frequent substitutions and end Jared Allen will state his distaste for leaving the field for any reason.

Allen said this week […]