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Matt Cassel will start for Vikings

By Josh Alper

The Vikings sent a hint about who would be their starting quarterback against the Steelers at Friday’s practice when Christian Ponder was on the sideline without a helmet during the portion of practice open to the media.

They confirmed it a short time later. The Vikings have announced that Matt Cassel […]

Halftime: Vikings down 24-17 against new-look Browns

By akrammer@1500espn.com

INNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings opened with a bang against the Cleveland Browns, converting on running back Adrian Peterson’s fourth touchdown of the season to cap an 11-play, 80-yard drive for their third straight 7-0 start of the season.

But just like the last two games, the momentum died quickly against a […]

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: Desmond Bishop, Marcus Sherels impress in preseason finale

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

Most Minnesota Vikings starters wore pads on Thursday night, but did so for the camera as they completed a string of in-game sideline interviews with their replacements on the field for the final preseason game.

Linebacker Erin Henderson (heel), cornerback Chris Cook (groin), fullback Jerome Felton (appendectomy), defensive tackles Sharrif Floyd […]

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 […]

Jared Allen says NFL can 'fine me' for comments on hit to Williams

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen expressed disappointment in the NFL after Tuesday’s practice, even welcoming the league to fine him for his comments on the hit to defensive tackle Kevin Williams.

On Sunday, Williams was unexpectedly hit at the knees by San Francisco 49ers guard Joe […]

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 […]

Five Things To Know From Vikings-49ers

By Jeff Wald

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A pair of NFC playoff contenders sure brought their physical, hard-hitting styles to a preseason matchup in late August.

Enough that the Minnesota Vikings were considering sending one particular play to the NFL for review after their 34-14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.

[…]

Vikings’ Offense Has Been Rough With Peterson Out

By Cole Premo

(credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s offense hasn’t done much well in the first two preseason games.

Then again, the Vikings have kept the league MVP on the sideline.

The absence of running back Adrian Peterson caught the eye of wide receiver Greg Jennings when he walked off […]

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,” […]