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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 […]

Frazier: 'There's a chance' Kevin Williams makes a week one return

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — San Francisco 49ers’ guard Joe Looney said he “wasn’t trying to take a cheap shot” when he cut an unaware Kevin Williams at the knees during Sunday’s preseason loss.

But that’s not how the Vikings see it.

Linebackers Chad Greenway and Desmond Bishop both said on Tuesday […]

Vikings trim 13 players off roster

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

The Minnesota Vikings announced the release of 13 players on Monday, the most notable being defensive end Lawrence Jackson.

The cuts on offense:

QB James Vandenberg WR Chris Summers WR LaMark Brown WR Erik Highsmith RB Bradley Randle RB Jerodis Williams G Tyler Holmes C Camden Wentz

Defense:

DE Lawrence Jackson […]

Kevin Williams, Chris Cook exit early in Vikings preseason loss

Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams had a noticeable limp after taking an unexpected low block, that was away from the play, in the third quarter of a preseason loss at the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

 

Coach Leslie Frazier said this week he didn’t want to overwork Williams, but still rode him with […]

Special Teams Notebook: Battle For Punt-Returner; Progress Reports On Webb, Locke

Photo – Aj Mansour (KFAN)

By: Sam Ekstrom | KFAN.com @SamEkstrom

Minneapolis, MN – As the preseason enters its second half, the Vikings’ position battles begin to look a little clearer.

As one might expect, there are spots to be taken on special teams, including the punt-return job. According to special teams coordinator […]

Notebook: Vikings place Christian Ballard on ‘left squad’ list

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced after Sunday’s practice that defensive tackle Christian Ballard has been placed on the active-left squad list for personal reasons.

Ballard, 23, hasn’t practiced with the team since the Aug. 9 preseason game against the Houston Texans where he recorded a sack and was pulled for […]

Zulgad: Stephen Burton now turning heads with his performance

Stephen Burton still can’t bring himself to laugh about the “play” that would define his rookie training camp.

“It was really … ,” Burton said before pausing to search for the right word, “stupid.”

The second of two seventh-round picks by the Vikings in 2011, Burton was given the chance to participate in a Hail […]

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 […]

A dream realized, undrafted rookie Zach Line makes the team

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

Undrafted rookie fullback Zach Line had blood running down his nose and over the five stitches already in place. After catching a one-yard pass and romping for a 60-yard touchdown in his first ever NFL game on Aug. 9, Line remained grounded.

“(The stitches) at least tell my fiance I’m doing […]