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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 […]

Cordarrelle Patterson returns opening kickoff for score, but Bears respond

By Mike Wilkening

Vikings rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson began Sunday’s Minnesota-Chicago game with a 105-yard kickoff return against the Bears’ well-regarded special-teams coverage unit.

One of the Vikings’ three 2013 first-round picks, Patterson got excellent blocking from his teammates, and once he got past Bears kicker Robbie Gould around Minnesota’s 30-yard line, he […]

Notebook: Vikings taking 'must-win' mentality into Soldier Field

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings’ numerous fundamental errors and mental mistakes against the Detroit Lions on opening weekend set the tone for this Sunday’s game at the Chicago Bears.

It’s a must win.

Or at least the game will be approached that way, even though the season just started.

“This game […]

Ndamukong Suh's low block upsets Minnesota Vikings

By Patra, Kevin

Ndamukong Suh’s solid opening game, as part of a stout Detroit Lions front that bottled up Adrian Peterson, will be overshadowed by a boneheaded personal foul penalty.

The defensive tackle was flagged for a low block on the Minnesota Vikings’ John Sullivan when he dove at the defenseless center from behind after […]

Vikings Boast 2 From Linebacker U

Reporting David McCoy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – When the Vikings open the season against the Lions on Sunday, it’ll be an exciting day for a couple of Nittany Lions, who will make their NFL debut.

They might be rookies, but their experience at Penn State forever changed Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges.

It makes […]

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 […]

After Pro Bowl season, Vikings want Kyle Rudolph to be more vocal

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph grew up watching guys like Jason Witten and Tony Gonzalez when he began playing the position at 14 years old.

Almost 10 years later, Rudolph emerged as one of the most trustworthy redzone targets in the NFL last season and got the chance to play […]

A comfortable Christian Ponder still adjusting to Greg Jennings routes

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson stood behind a pack of media members, trying to distract quarterback Christian Ponder as he spoke after Wednesday’s walkthrough — the final one of training camp.

Ponder was in the middle of talking about what the first-team offense needs to accomplish during Friday’s game at the Buffalo […]

Leslie Frazier ‘encouraged’ by Erin Henderson’s early play at MLB

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson is tired of explaining why the Vikings’ moved him to middle linebacker and what that means.

Because to Henderson, that question has already been answered.

“You guys keep talking about it, bringing it up every chance you get,” Henderson said. “I just have to earn the trust […]

Newcomer Desmond Bishop to start training camp at weak-side linebacker

MANKATO, Minn. — As players reported to training camp on Thursday, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier ended speculation that newcomer Desmond Bishop would usurp Erin Henderson at middle linebacker

Instead, Frazier said Bishop will fill Henderson’s spot at weak-side linebacker to start training camp.

“Since [Bishop] is coming in so late,” Frazier said, . “We […]