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Vikings injury report: Ponder, Cook, Sanford and Ellison out on Sun.

By akrammer@1500espn.com

The Minnesota Vikings (0-3) will be without three starters when they kickoff against the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-3) on Sunday in London.

Quarterback Christian Ponder (ribs), cornerback Chris Cook (groin), safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) and tight end/fullback Rhett Ellison (knee) did not practice on Friday and have been ruled out.

Ponder played the […]

Frazier says Cordarrelle Patterson's few snaps was 'coach's decision'

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — It seems more than a month ago that Minnesota Vikings rookie receiver burst onto the scene with a 50-yard kickoff return in the preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Aug. 9.

Patterson played just five of the 56 offensive snaps in Sunday’s regular season opener at the Detroit […]

Kevin Williams Misses Another Practice For The Minnesota Vikings

By Joseph Gunther

For just the second time in his 11-year NFL career, Kevin Williams may not play due to an injury.

The 33-year-old former first round draft pick recorded two tackles, a pass deflection and a sack against the San Francisco 49ers, before a blindside, low block looked bad. Williams avoided a serious injury, […]

Kevin Williams misses practice again, playing chances decreasing

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams hasn’t thrown on pads and practiced since the Aug. 25 hyperextension and bone contusion to his knee after San Francisco 49ers guard Joe Looney threw an unexpected low block when Williams wasn’t looking.

Coach Leslie Frazier said Williams had no ligament damage, which […]

Vikings moving on without defensive tackle Christian Ballard

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Christian Ballard hasn’t been on a field with the team since the preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Aug. 9.

Placed on the active/left-squad list a week later, Ballard hasn’t been seen around the Vikings practice facilities since. Coach Leslie Frazier said […]

Floyd practicing, Williams not as Vikings begin regular season routine

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Coach Leslie Frazier said there was ‘a chance’ that veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams would be ready for the Minnesota Vikings regular season opener at the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Sept. 8.

That chance may have taken a hit as Williams was not at practice on Monday.

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Zulgad: Marcus Sherels makes an impact in his return to Vikings

by Judd Zulgad 1500ESPN.com

MINNEAPOLIS — Marcus Sherels admitted it was not an easy decision to skip the Minnesota Vikings’ preseason game last Sunday in San Francisco, but coach Leslie Frazier made it clear that, in this case, the priority was not football.

Sherels’ father, Ben, had died of cancer on the eve of the […]

Notebook: Matt Kalil trying to 'be smarter' about personal fouls

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Matt Kalil doesn’t see a lot of yellow flags thrown his way.

The rookie registered six penalties while playing all 1,097 snaps last season as the Minnesota Vikings starting left tackle.

So it was a little odd to see his number called for multiple personal fouls in the Vikings 34-14 preseason […]

Sharrif Floyd has minor procedure on knee, out for preseason

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd had a “minor procedure” on his injured left knee early this week and will likely be out the rest of the preseason.

Coach Leslie Frazier said the plan is for Floyd to be ready to go for Week 1 at the Detroit Lions.

“Nothing major,” […]

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 […]