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Jared Allen left smiling after Browns trade Trent Richardson

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was really the only player to show excitement about their next opponent, the Cleveland Browns, dealing away their biggest offensive playmaker this week.

The Browns dealt running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday for a first-round pick in 2014 […]

Jay Cutler's late TD pass lifts Bears past Vikings

By Hanzus, Dan

The Chicago Bears made a habit last season of allowing games to slip away late in the fourth quarter. They’ve turned the tables in the early stages of the 2013 season.

Jay Cutler‘s 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds remaining gave the Bears a 31-30 win over […]

Halftime: Vikings give up late FG, down 24-21 in wacky first half

By akrammer@1500espn.com

CHICAGO — The Minnesota Vikings have one NFC North road win in the last 10 attempts and Sunday’s first half at Soldier Field provided a puzzle that could piece together for their second divisional road victory since 2009.

Rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson recorded his first NFL touchdown on a 105-yard kick return to […]

Cordarrelle Patterson races for 105-yard TD for Vikings

By Hanzus, Dan

It didn’t take long to see the first big play of Sunday’s action.

Minnesota Vikings rookie Cordarrelle Patterson pulled in the opening kickoff near the back of his own end zone and ran it back 105 yards to give the Vikes an instant lead over the Chicago Bears.

Devin Hester, […]

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 […]

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. […]

Despite concussion, Jarius Wright will be backup return man

By akrammer@1500espn.com

DEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings receiver Jarius Wright never fielded a kickoff or punt return in the preseason.

Wright’s few opportunities in the first two preseason games, all on punt return, were squandered by either penalties or touchbacks and when he was blindsided on a catch in the first half at the […]

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 […]