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Matt Cassel to start for Vikings over Christian Ponder

By Patra, Kevin

Christian Ponder fans across the pond won’t have the opportunity to see the quarterback play Sunday.

The Vikings announced Friday that backup quarterback Matt Cassel will start for Minnesota against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in place of Ponder, who suffered a rib injury in Week 3.

Ponder was held out […]

Cook says Favre could play “better than a lot of them out there today”

By Mike Florio

When Brett Favre retired, I decided that he wouldn’t be regarded as actually gone for good until at least two seasons go by without Favre playing.

Two seasons have now gone by without Favre playing. So, of course, his agent is now talking about Favre playing.

“Today, he could play today,” Bus […]

Christian Ballard was no longer 'having a good time playing football'

By jzulgad@1500espn.com

Wondering what happened to Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Christian Ballard?

We now have the answer.

Ballard, 24, who abruptly left the Vikings during training camp and was placed on the reserve/left squad list on Aug. 18, decided he no longer wanted to be in the NFL and is now living in his hometown […]

Leslie Frazier: Christian Ballard unlikely to return

Leslie Frazier: Christian Ballard unlikely to rejoin Vikes By Gregg Rosenthal

Christian Ballard left Minnesota Vikings training camp more than two weeks ago, citing personal reasons. It doesn’t sound like the defensive end is coming back to the team anytime soon.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he assumes the 2011 fourth-round draft pick won’t […]

Frazier would 'welcome the opportunity' to have Winfield back

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier expressed his admiration and respect for former Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield, a player who he coached for two seasons and announced his retirement on Sunday.

But that’s not where it ends — the Vikings are anything but deep at cornerback and Frazier […]

Zulgad: Marvin Mitchell continues to ‘chase dream’ of being a starter

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — There was plenty of offseason discussion about whether Erin Henderson would be able to make the transition to starting middle linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings after two seasons of holding the job on the weak side.

What wasn’t discussed in detail was who would take Henderson’s old spot.

The lack of […]

Greg Jennings: Star / Mentor; Younger Vikes Learning From Ex-Packer Bookmark and Share

By: Dan Cole | KFAN.com @DanDruffCole

Mankato, MN – The Vikings haven’t had a wideout tally more than 1,000 yards receiving in a single season since Sidney Rice did so in 2009 – going for more than 1,300 during that fairytale season propelled by Brett Favre’s ageless play as a 40-year-old.

This season, another ex-Packer […]

Zulgad: All smiles for now but Vikings’ LB competition must play out

MANKATO, Minn. — Desmond Bishop was surrounded by television cameras after the Minnesota Vikings’ first practice of training camp on Friday when Erin Henderson came up and put his arm around his new teammate.

“How awesome is Erin Henderson playing?” Henderson said.

“Man, the guy is awesome,” Bishop responded, playing along. “He’s pretty funny, too.”

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