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EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Before the first snap of the season, the Minnesota Vikings settled into their usual spots before a slight shift by defensive tackles Linval Joseph and Shamar Stephen to their...
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Relieved Barr remains a Viking after uneasy pledge to Jets
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Anthony Barr slept for a mere two hours on Monday night, awakened at 3 a.m. by the angst of his decision about which team to pick in free agency.
Busy Jets fly into free agency with a few big-money moves
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Maccagnan predicted the Jets — with lots of needs and plenty of money — would be very active when free agency kicked off.
AP source: Vikings keep LB Barr in place on 5-year deal
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have kept the heart of their defense intact with a hefty commitment to linebacker Anthony Barr.
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With Barr set high, pass-rushing Vikings hitting stride on D
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have hit their familiar stride on defense during the second half of the season, after some uncharacteristic earlier struggles.
There's been no better example of this lately than Anthony Barr.
"He's always been a good player," coach Mike Zimmer said. "I think he's probably taking it to another level right now."
Cobb out again for Packers with hamstring injury
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb will miss his sixth game this season because of a hamstring injury.
Cobb was sidelined Sunday at Minnesota for the third straight week, along with cornerback Kevin King (hamstring). Defensive end Mike Daniels (foot) and cornerback Bashaud Breeland (groin) were also out. Safety Kentrell Brice (ankle) returned from a one-game absence. Tight end Jimmy Graham (thumb) was in the lineup after being listed as questionable.
Rodgers, Packers hope to get going in return to Minnesota
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers' last trip to Minnesota altered the course of a promising season for the Green Bay Packers.
He broke his right collarbone in Week 6 in 2017 on a hit out of the pocket by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. After a 4-1 start, the Packers stumbled the rest of the way and missed the playoffs.
Linebacker Anthony Barr inactive for Vikings against Bears
CHICAGO (AP) — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr is inactive for their game against the Chicago Bears.
Barr missed Minnesota's previous two games with a hamstring injury. The Vikings were off last weekend and the three-time Pro Bowler was listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis this week.
Minnesota and Chicago play Sunday night for first place in the NFC North. The Bears were on top of the division coming into the weekend.
Vikes CB Rhodes among 6 starters out; Saints CB Apple starts
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have six injured starters out against New Orleans: cornerback Xavier Rhodes (foot), running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring), safety Andrew Sendejo (groin), linebacker Anthony Barr (hamstring), left guard Tom Compton (knee) and left tackle Riley Reiff (foot).
Vikings rule Barr, Compton, Cook, Sendejo out vs. Saints
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have ruled our four injured starters against New Orleans, linebacker Anthony Barr (hamstring), left guard Tom Compton (knee), running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring) and strong safety Andrew Sendejo (groin).
Left tackle Riley Reiff (foot) was listed as doubtful after being held out of practice Friday. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes (foot) and nose tackle Linval Joseph (ankle/knee) were listed as questionable for Sunday.
Bills offense takes step back in being blanked by Packers
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Name one facet of the Buffalo Bills offense and coach Sean McDermott will point to something in need of drastic improvement.
From passing to protection, receiving to rushing, McDermott on Monday provided a blunt assessment of how anemic the Bills were a day following a 22-0 loss at Green Bay.
"Where do you want to start?" he said. "Offensively, wasn't good enough at all. Bottom line."
Focus on roughing the passer giving NFL a black eye
The NFL is getting roughed up over its amplified enforcement of roughing-the-passer penalties that has generated head-scratching calls — and a season-ending injury to a defender trying to comply with the league's mandate not to land fully on the quarterback.
In the offseason, NFL owners asked the league's competition committee to better protect their prized quarterbacks after Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr broke Packers star Aaron Rodgers' collarbone in 2017.
QB Allen’s leap in win over Vikings put jump in Bills’ step
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The usually dry and reserved Brian Daboll was in such a good mood Monday, the Bills offensive coordinator even managed to crack a joke.
Vikings practice ‘changeup’ look, with Barr at defensive end
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Already owning one of the strongest defensive lines in the league, the Minnesota Vikings have made another addition to their front four this summer.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have exercised their fifth-year contract option on cornerback Trae Waynes.
The move was made Monday by the Vikings, who drafted Waynes with the 11th overall pick in the first round in 2015. He was the first cornerback taken that year.
Waynes has been a starter for the last two seasons, opposite All-Pro Xavier Rhodes. Waynes has five interceptions and 35 passes defensed in his career and was credited by the Vikings with 72 tackles in 2017.
The key for the Vikings is: Make every dollar, every pick count
The Vikings have a roster that is peppered with star power and built to contend for a Super Bowl. That doesnt come cheap.
The Vikings are tied with three other teams with an NFL-leading six players under contract who will carry a cap number of $10 million or higher this season, according to www.overthecap.com.
With the Vikings, Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr continue to build on their UCLA days
The Vikings ties to UCLA have run deep in recent years with their drafting of linebackers Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr, and also in their front office with former UCLA defensive back George Paton working as their assistant general manager.
And now that the Vikings have signed Kendricks to a five-year, $50 million contract with $25 million guaranteed, the word is that Barr, Kendricks former UCLA teammate, might be their next target to sign before he hits unrestricted free agency next season.
If you trust the math, there is a way for the Vikings to afford Kirk Cousins
The Vikings remained publicly agnostic about their quarterbacking options last week at the NFL combine; coach Mike Zimmer laid out the strengths and weaknesses of all his in-house candidates, while General Manager Rick Spielman batted away a report that the Vikings had decided not to use the franchise tag on Case Keenum and said the team had not made a decision on any of its options.
Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone — and confidence — all good
GREEN BAY — Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone is feeling back to normal. And the Green Bay Packers quarterback intends to have a 2018 that will look a lot like his last comeback season from that injury four years ago.
Vikings Joseph, Rudolph, Harrison Smith going to Pro Bowl
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph, tight end Kyle Rudolph and safety Harrison Smith are going to the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl.
The Vikings said Monday that Joseph will replace Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. Rudolph will replace Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham, who is unable to participate due to an injury. Smith replaces New York Giants safety Landon Collins, who also is injured.
Congratulations to the champion of the NFC North, the Minnesota Virus.
The local football team went through the division like malware, frying hard drives and forcing hard decisions.
The attack began in October, when Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr wrecked Aaron Rodgers shoulder, and continued in January as the ease of the Vikings division title cost two divisional coaches and one general manager their jobs.
Vikings’ five extra points: Latavius Murray is ‘Most Improved,’ Case Keenum makes undrafted QB history
1. Third-down mastery includes B-Robs 60th sack
The hit by Anthony Barr that changed the NFC: Loss of Aaron Rodgers altered the Packers’ course, vaulted Vikings
The closest thing the NFL has to Bedford Falls, N.Y. the idyllic town made famous in Frank Capras Its A Wonderful Life might be Green Bay, Wis., where the quarterbacking pursuits of Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers over the past quarter-century have ushered the football hamlet into a quarter-century of unprecedented prosperity.
The Vikings are pursuing a first-round bye, in what could be a surreal trip to Lambeau Field against a team with nothing to play for. Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams will sit out, and on a cold night, the smart play is to go with a deeper team that has more to gain. Prediction: Vikings 30, Packers 17.
Barr thriving for Vikes while bracing for Packer-fan hate
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Anthony Barr has scrolled through the social media hate messages directed at him from disgruntled fans of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
One of them even arrived in the mail .
Four Vikings were named to the 2018 Pro Bowl on Tuesday night, inviting plenty of speculation about snubs from the roster of the NFC North champions.
Three defenders cornerback Xavier Rhodes, defensive end Everson Griffen and linebacker Anthony Barr were voted in for the Vikings second-ranked defense.
Vikings Pro Bowl picks: Thielen, Rhodes, Barr, Griffen
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Four Minnesota Vikings players have been picked for the Pro Bowl that they're hoping not to participate in.
Wide receiver Adam Thielen, cornerback Xavier Rhodes, linebacker Anthony Barr and defensive end Everson Griffen were on the rosters revealed on Tuesday for the annual all-star game, held in Hawaii on Jan. 29. Players whose teams reach the Super Bowl will be replaced, and the Vikings (11-3) have their sights set on the big game in Minnesota on Feb. 4.
Given a choice, Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph says he’d rather face Aaron Rodgers
Motivation won’t be in short supply for the NFC North-champion Vikings on Saturday, when they’ll face a Packers team possibly eliminated from playoff contention.
He’s back: Aaron Rodgers set to return with Green Bay Packers alive in playoff hunt
R-E-L-A-X, Packers fans, your team’s chances of running the table to get in the postseason just improved.
Vikings’ Eric Kendricks specializes in the lost art of wrap-up, take-down tackles in bunches
Xavier Rhodes was momentarily stumped when asked to name the best tackler on a Vikings defense that’s heading into Atlanta on Sunday ranked first in third-down conversions, second against the run and fifth in points allowed.
“Well,” Rhodes said, “he misses a lot, but I know everyone is afraid of him. Andrew Sendejo. He just runs. I think he just runs and dives with his eyes closed. And blows people up.”
Vikings put 7-game winning streak on line against Falcons
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons recovered from a disappointing 2015, when they started 5-0 only to finish 8-8, to make it to the Super Bowl last season.
One year later, the Minnesota Vikings are trying to follow the same script. The Vikings also had an 8-8 finish following a 5-0 start in 2016. Now, they have the NFC's second-best record.
The Vikings will put their seven-game winning streak on the line Sunday when they face the Falcons, who have won three straight.
Vikings five extra points vs Lions: Trae Waynes shows toughness, Anthony Barr shows smarts
1. Running game great, then not so much
Small names, big plays: Anthony Harris, Stephen Weatherly make huge impact in Vikings win over Rams
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The two biggest plays of Sundays game were made in the red zone by backup defenders who were only on the field because of injuries to players ahead of them.
On consecutive snaps late in the first half of a 7-7 game, Stephen Weatherlys tackle for loss at the 20-yard line was followed by Anthony Harris forced fumble and recovery at the 1.
Vikings’ five extra points: Latavius Murray shows power, Terence Newman shows football IQ
1. Goffs confidence becomes confusion
Packers: Mike McCarthy says “nobody has stepped up” during losing streak
Mike McCarthy rarely gives a preview of his start-of-the-week message to his team. As a rule, the Green Bay Packers coach believes his players should hear it before the rest of the world.
But he did just that on Tuesday evening.
With his team mired in a three-game losing streak and desperate to find something to snap his players out of the malaise that has followed two-time NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone injury, McCarthy challenged everyone — including himself.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers turns attention to healing
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers will not decide whether he will play again this season. His surgically repaired collarbone will make that call.
Feud between the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and the Vikings’ Anthony Barr is not done quite yet
LONDON – The Vikings will play their second game Sunday since Anthony Barr’s hit that broke Aaron Rodgers’ right collarbone, while the Packers take their bye week on Sunday. The feud between the Vikings linebacker and the Packers quarterback, though, doesn’t seem to be going away.
With stars playing unselfishly, Vikings’ defense is suffocating opponents
The sharks roaming the Vikings defense smelled blood. Third-and-long, crowd going nuts, a popgun Baltimore Ravens offense on its heels.
Everson Griffen lives for those moments.
You get to pin your ears back and rush, he said.
To his left, Anthony Barr darted back and forth along the line, making it impossible to know if he was going to blitz or drop into coverage. He pounced on everything in his vicinity Sunday, staying a step ahead of the Ravens offense all game.
Violent hits like Anthony Barr’s on Aaron Rodgers hurt players and NFL
When Gordon Hayward, a very good player, suffered a grotesque injury Tuesday night, NBA players filled social media with support and condolences.
When Aaron Rodgers, perhaps the best player in Americas biggest sport, was injured Sunday, the man who hit him exchanged insults with Rodgers as he walked off the field.
With one hit last week, Anthony Barr altered the balance of power in the NFC North. Lets not pretend thats a good thing, even if youre a Vikings fan.
Packers: Aaron Rodgers put on IR, out at least 8 weeks; Anthony Barr says he wasn’t trying to injure the QB
The Green Bay Packers placed quarterback Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve one day after surgery on his broken right collarbone, meaning he must miss at least the next eight weeks.
Steelers’ Mitchell fined $57,735 for 2 hits vs. Chiefs
NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh safety Mike Mitchell was fined $57,735 by the NFL on Friday for two hits he made in the Steelers' win over Kansas City last Sunday.
Mitchell was docked $48,620 for a helmet-to-helmet shot to Chiefs running back Charcandrick West that resulted in a concussion. He also was fined $9,115 for hitting quarterback Alex Smith low near the end of the third quarter.
Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree also received a $24,309 fine for roughing the passer on a hit he made on Smith.
Vikings’ Anthony Barr insists he’s not a dirty player, did not intend to injure Aaron Rodgers
By the time Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr checked his phone at halftime of Sundays 23-10 win over the Packers, the reaction had already been piling up on his digital doorstep.
About 3,000 notifications Barr figured he had at that time, just an hour or so after he levied the hit that led to Aaron Rodgers broken collarbone.
Vikings’ Barr says he was not trying to injure Aaron Rodgers
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr said Friday he did not intend to "take out" Aaron Rodgers with a hit last weekend that left the Packers quarterback with a broken right collarbone.
After spending most of the week in the NFL's concussion protocol, Barr was cleared Friday and allowed to speak to the media for the first time since Sunday's game.
Packers’ Aaron Rodgers gives surgery update on Instagram
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says in a post on social media that surgery on his broken collarbone went well.
Rodger thanks fans for their "love, support, thoughts and prayers" in a photo of himself in a hospital bed posted on Instagram. It's not clear where the surgery took place.
Packers: Aaron Rodgers undergoes surgery on collarbone
GREEN BAY — Aaron Rodgers underwent surgery for his fractured right collarbone Thursday in California, a source confirmed, and now the Green Bay Packers quarterback will wait and see if the procedure accelerates his recovery enough for him to return this season.
Packers: Mike McCarthy laments poor play in loss to Vikings, says Aaron Rodgers will have surgery in ‘near future’
GREEN BAY — Aaron Rodgers’ season may or may not be over. Mike McCarthy was hell-bent Monday on making sure the rest of his Green Bay Packers players knew their season most certainly isn’t over in the wake of their two-time NFL MVP quarterback’s broken collarbone.
Packers: Mike McCarthy calls hit on Aaron Rodgers ‘totally unnecessary’
GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy didn’t get a good look at the hit that changed the course of his Green Bay Packers’ season until he was on the plane ride home. When he did see it, though, the coach was angry.