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

By akrammer@1500espn.com

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 […]

Offensive formations and film observations: Week 3 vs. Browns

By akrammer@1500espn.com

Welcome to the first installment of ‘Offensive formations and film observations,’ this one brought to you for the Minnesota Vikings-Cleveland Browns.

Every Tuesday after a game, we’ll take a look at what the Vikings offense looked like, bring you five key takeaways from film study and hand out a proverbial game ball […]

Vikings place rookie Zach Line on IR, free up spot for Felton

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Undrafted rookie fullback Zach Line’s dream came to an abrupt end on Monday when he was placed on injured reserve.

Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton returned from a three-game suspension and the team needed to make room on the roster before he can practice.

Line was the only undrafted […]

Pregame: Get acquainted with new personnel in Vikings-Browns

By akrammer@1500espn.com

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

By akrammer@1500espn.com

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 […]

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

By akrammer@1500espn.com

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 […]

Notebook: Rookie Zach Line thrown into Adrian Peterson's path

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has said before he prefers to be alone in the backfield.

But that was before the violent runner’s miraculous 2012 season, which brought fullback Jerome Felton to the Pro Bowl.

However, with Felton suspended for the first three games in 2013, Peterson will […]

Notebook: Chris Cook says Megatron 'brings out the best' in him

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook remembers facing Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson in college, when both were members of Atlantic Coast Conference programs in 2006.

Seven years later, Cook will lineup against Johnson again when the Vikings open up the regular season at the Lions on Sunday.

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Vikings make final cuts, announce 53-man roster

The Vikings made the final preparation for the regular season Saturday, when the team announced it trimmed its roster to 53 players.

We’ll list the players cut first, followed by the current 53-man roster.

Players waived (19):

TE Colin Anderson, RB Joe Banyard, S Brandan Bishop, OL Travis Bond, CB Brandon Burton, WR Stephen Burton, […]

Prediction for Vikings' 53-man roster

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

The Minnesota Vikings preseason came to a close Thursday night with 29 contributors on the sideline as their replacements beat the Tennessee Titans 24-23.

Coaches and team officials have until Saturday at 5 p.m. CT to trim the roster down to 53.

“It is without question, one of the toughest parts […]