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Pregame: Cook, Sanford return to boost secondary in Vikings-Panthers

The ‘Kalil Bowl,’ as it’s been dubbed, comes at a pivotal place for both the Minnesota Vikings (1-3) and the Carolina Panthers (1-3) in their respective schedules.

For the Vikings, their quarterback situation is week-to-week, but they’ll have these next two games against relatively easy opponents to see what quarterback Matt Cassel has left […]

Notebook: Matt Cassel gets second start, but Josh Freeman is on deck

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told the media on Friday what he had already told former starting quarterback Christian Ponder – that reserve Matt Cassel has passed him in the pecking order and will start Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Frazier wouldn’t say what the plan is for former Tampa […]

Injury update: Cook, Sanford return, secondary nearing full strength

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Nearly three weeks have passed since injuries wrecked an already shaky Vikings secondary. Now, the team is getting back to full strength.

“Injury-wise I think we’re in pretty good shape. I think everybody will be practicing [Wednesday], which is good,” head coach Leslie Frazier said.

That means the return of […]

Pregame: Injuries, backups play key roles in Vikings-Steelers


If last week’s situation against the Cleveland Browns, in which the Minnesota Vikings faced a third-string quarterback, wasn’t enough to get a win — a matchup against the winless Pittsburgh Steelers could do the trick.

The Vikings (0-3) and Steelers (0-3) kickoff at dinner time in London, noon CT, on Sunday and, once […]

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


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 entire […]

Pregame: Get acquainted with new personnel in Vikings-Browns


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings (0-2) are in desperate need of a confidence booster in their home opener after spotting division opponents two games on the road.

The script couldn’t have been written any easier: they’ll face a Cleveland Browns (0-2) team that flipped the switch to rebuilding mode as soon […]

Two fullbacks out, rookie Zach Line gets last shot as starter


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Zach Line understands the luck it takes to go from undrafted at the Minnesota Vikings’ rookie minicamps in May, to starting fullback in the NFL less than four months later.

The stars simply aligned for Line, who will make his third start on Sunday.

“Could things have worked out […]

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 knee […]

Notebook: Cordarrelle Patterson says patience comes naturally


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Jarius Wright knows a little about what Minnesota Vikings rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is going through.

Maybe not to the extreme of a first-round pick, but Wright’s rookie role last season was that of a bench warmer, until receiver Percy Harvin was injured and he stepped in.

“It’s way […]

Breaking down the film from the Vikings' loss to the Lions


Welcome to the first installment of Vikings’ film breakdown in 2013. With grades on a scale of 0 to 5 in parathenses, here’s a summary of each position’s involvement in the 34-24 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Quarterbacks (1.5) Christian Ponder (56 snaps) looked like he was in his midseason form from last […]