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Leslie Frazier never thought to bench Christian Ponder

By Wesseling, Chris

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder reportedly entered Sunday’s 31-30 loss to the Chicago Bears with a “much shorter leash” than anyone realizes.

After Ponder’s first four series versus the Bears produced three punts and a pick six, his trio of second-half scoring drives kept Vikings coach Leslie Frazier off his back.

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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. […]

FIVE Position Battles To Watch During Preseason Game #4

Photo – Aj Mansour (KFAN)

By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com @AjKFAN

Minneapolis, MN – The fourth preseason game in the NFL isn’t accompanied by all of the pomp and circumstance that the previous three possessed. Leading up to the final preseason bout, you never know what you’re going to get. In preseason […]

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 […]

Friendship cools competition at punt returner for Sherels and Felder

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Bobby Felder has already followed in fellow cornerback Marcus Sherels’ footsteps — both undrafted rookie free agents who made the practice squad — and logically, Felder’s next step is to make the final roster as a cornerback and/or punt returner.

Felder and Sherels see enough room for both […]

Cordarrelle Patterson, four others still in the mix for punt returner

MANKATO, Minn. — There are still four players in the mix to compete with Minnesota Vikings incumbent punt returner Marcus Sherels for the starting job.

Receivers Jarius Wright, Stephen Burton, Cordarrelle Patterson and cornerback Bobby Felder will be in the rotation to return punts for Friday’s preseason game at the Buffalo Bills, along with Sherels.

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Marcus Sherels once again battling for spot on punt returns

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels is the embodiment of the underdog.

Sherels was a walk-on for the University of Minnesota’s football team before earning a scholarship, he went undrafted in 2010 before sneaking onto the Vikings practice squad the following season and after the Vikings drafted receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in the first […]