Vikings re-sign RB Abdullah, for depth behind Cook
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed running back Ameer Abdullah to a one-year contract, solidifying a complement to Dalvin Cook after the departure of Latavius Murray via free...
Vikings take playoff push to Detroit to face Lions
DETROIT (AP) — A season of ups and downs for the Minnesota Vikings comes down to this: beat Detroit and Chicago and they're in the playoffs.
First up are the banged-up Lions, who have already been eliminated from postseason contention, but with so much at stake, the Vikings can't afford to look too far ahead.
Vikings sack Tannehill 9 times as Dolphins take 41-17 loss
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Miami Dolphins enjoyed quite the emotional high last week, defeating despised New England with a double-lateral touchdown that covered 69 yards on the game's final play to give their long-shot postseason bid a big lift.
On the road in Minnesota, Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins, literally, came crashing back to the turf.
Cook carries Vikings past Dolphins 41-17
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With a new play caller in place, the Minnesota Vikings recommitted to running the ball. And Dalvin Cook proved again his capability, when healthy, of taking over a game.
Cook had a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns on a season-high 19 carries for the Vikings, who stayed in control of a spot in the playoffs with a 41-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Cousins, Vikings pass by Packers 24-17
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Once Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings took the lead on Green Bay, they played with a fierce refusal to let it go.
They held onto the ball with the same determination.
Vikings’ rushing attack shut down by Bears
CHICAGO (AP) — Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray had nowhere to go, all night long.
The Minnesota Vikings got pushed around by the Chicago Bears in prime time.
Minnesota managed just 22 yards on the ground while Jordan Howard powered an effective rushing attack for Chicago, sending the Vikings to a costly 25-20 loss on Sunday. The disparity on the ground led to a noticeable difference in time of possession, and Minnesota's defense looked tired at times, especially in the first half.
With Cook back, Vikings ready to run as weather turns cold
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Dalvin Cook's rush through the left side of the line for 70 yards last week was the longest gain of his professional career, an early game boost for the Minnesota Vikings in an important victory over Detroit before their bye.
That was the type of big running play that has been missing in most of Minnesota's games this year, a 22.05 mph burst that was clocked by the NFL's Next Gen Stats as the fastest in the league in 2018.
Bears’ Mack is out, Ansah in for Lions and Diggs is inactive
Star linebacker Khalil Mack is missing his second straight game for Chicago Bears, who will face turnover-prone Nathan Peterman after the Buffalo Bills ruled out quarterback Derek Anderson because of a concussion.
Vikings’ Dalvin Cook: ‘Once I get back, it’s going to be on’
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Since the Minnesota Vikings made him their top draft pick last year, Dalvin Cook has played in only seven of a possible 24 regular-season games.
That means the early lessons have been just as much about handling injuries and making the most of the inaction as they've been about picking up the playbook and adjusting to NFL speed.
FANTASY PLAYS: Players to start, sit for NFL Week 9
Halfway through the season, fantasy owners should know who to trust on a weekly basis. Draft position is meaningless at this point — players are either producing or they're not.
Fantasy's midpoint also signals some players who have been on the outer edge of a breakthrough. A handful of talents that have flown under the radar or benefited from the trade deadline will use this week as a jumping off point.
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.
Vikings RB Latavius Murray carries big load on field and off
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The first sign in Minnesota of Latavius Murray's varied interests was visible even before he signed his contract with the Vikings last year.
This season, his responsibilities have reached a new high.
Murray, Vikings trample Cardinals on way to 27-17 victory
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings played a back-to-the-basics game, leaning on Latavius Murray's powerful legs and a smothering defense that was in prime form.
The Arizona Cardinals just couldn't keep up on either front.
Murray helped the Vikings revive their running attack with a career-high 155 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, wearing down the Cardinals on the way to a 27-17 win on Sunday.
Vikings’ Cook, Rams’ Peters active for Thursday showdown
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook and Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters are active for their teams' Thursday night meeting.
Cook missed the Vikings' loss to Buffalo last week with a hamstring strain. He had 78 yards rushing and 107 yards receiving in Minnesota's first two games.
Peters injured his calf during the Rams' win over the Chargers last week. The former Pro Bowl selection tested his leg on the Coliseum field before the game.
Comeback complete: Cook looks to elevate Vikings offense
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — For Dalvin Cook and the Minnesota Vikings, the final stage in the comeback has been completed.
NFL 2018: Vikings-Packers rivalry as fierce as ever
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Will the Minnesota Vikings pick up where they left off, following their surge to the NFC championship game last season?
Or will the Green Bay Packers rebound forcefully enough to take back the division they've mostly dominated for two decades?
The annual report on the NFC North has almost always focused on the Packers, the Vikings or both of these fierce rivals since the NFL's most recent realignment produced the current eight-division format in 2002.
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Vikings Training Camp Capsule
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (14-4)
OPEN CAMP: July 25 (rookies), July 28 (veterans), Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, Eagan, Minnesota
NFC North Training Camp Capsules
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (14-4)
OPEN CAMP: July 25 (rookies), July 28 (veterans), Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, Eagan, Minnesota
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings put the two picks they had in the first 108 selections in the 2017 draft to productive use.
They moved up in both the second and third rounds for running back Dalvin Cook and center Pat Elflein to obtain a pair of players expected to be long-term cogs in their offense.
They'll be bargain-hunters again this time, with the 30th pick in the first round and thereafter.
Just like last year, the offensive line will be the point of emphasis.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook making fast progress through grueling ACL rehab
Dalvin Cook ran through on-field drills with Vikings players on Tuesday inside the Eagan facilitys fieldhouse, marking steps forward in his rehab from a torn ACL less than seven months ago.
Cook has knocked the rehab out of the park, according to Vikings head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman and will hopefully be ready for the start of training camp and then Week 1.
Hell participate in OTAs moving forward on a limited basis, Sugarman said. Same thing for minicamp [in June], thats no different.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings made a splash on the free agent market last month, with their fully guaranteed contract for quarterback Kirk Cousins and the signing of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson for another instant upgrade for the starting lineup.
Vikings’ Latavius Murray restructures contract to fit team’s financial plans
Latavius Murray will remain with the Vikings in 2018.
The running back restructured his contract, which would’ve guaranteed him $5.15 million, before Friday’s deadline. It was one of the richest salaries at his position, but Murray took less money to stay in Minnesota. Terms of the restructure were not immediately available.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook could be ‘pretty close’ to returning in time for spring workouts
INDIANAPOLIS As Dalvin Cook continues to make progress on his way back from a torn ACL, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer sounded optimistic on Thursday that the second-year running back could be in action as soon as this springs organized team activities.
I think hes going to be pretty close, Zimmer said at the NFL Scouting Combine. [Head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman] tells me hes doing great and he should be as good as new better.
Mike Zimmer’s unique offseason to-do list: Hire new offensive coordinator, solve quarterback quandary
Eighteen of the 22 players who started for the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game are under contract for next season. The team is planning on the return of running back Dalvin Cook from a torn ACL, and it will have a first-round pick in April, after trading its top selection in 2017 to Philadelphia.
It would seem things are set up for the Vikings to have another strong season in 2018. Perhaps their two most important positions on offense, however, will have to be filled.
Vikings’ Jerick McKinnon eager to embrace free-agent market in search of lead backfield role
One of the first name plates to disappear Monday from above the locker stalls at Winter Park was running back Jerick McKinnons. But McKinnon wasnt in a hurry to go anywhere.
He stopped by nearly every teammate in the room, shook hands, exchanged hugs and said a few words.
The NFL’s final 4 all overcame injuries to star players
The list of players sitting out this weekend's conference championships is almost as impressive as the starting lineups: Julian Edelman. Carson Wentz. Dalvin Cook. Dont'a Hightower. Allen Robinson. Sam Bradford.
New Orleans Report: Saints film room — Here’s why the first game against the Vikings should be ignored
All this week we’ll be sharing coverage of the New Orleans Saints from The Advocate in Baton Rouge, La.. For their full reports on all things Saints, check out The Advocate website.
The schedule shows it happened this year.
Saints at Vikings. Week 1. New Orleans lost the game. It counted in the standings and everything. But that wasn’t the same team. Not on defense, at least. It’s hard to recognize this group, and that’s why the result should be thrown out.
Four months might as well be four years, given how different are the New Orleans Saints (12-5) and Minnesota Vikings (13-3) from the teams that played each other in the regular-season opener Sept. 11.
The NFC Divisional Playoff game that will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon will be contested by teams that have morphed in ways that totally were unforeseen that Monday night, a 29-19 Minnesota victory that featured a 23-3 run by the Vikings.
Bears interview Vikings OC Shurmur for coaching job
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is interviewing for the Chicago Bears' coaching job.
Shurmur could be a strong candidate considering the Vikings have an effective offense despite early losses of quarterback Sam Bradford and running back Dalvin Cook on the way to the NFC North championship.
MINNEAPOLIS — As the Vikings prepared for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears at noon, there was a relaxed confidence around Winter Park this week — the kind that typically follows a team that knows what it wants and how to go get it.
The Vikings will play at Lambeau Field against Brett Hundley on Saturday. If that makes you happy, you might want to check your face paint for toxicity.
There are two prominent reasons for wishing Aaron Rodgers was healthy enough to play in this game: the Vikings’ playoff readiness, and the nature of this rivalry and sport in general.
From Pat Elflein to Ben Gedeon and Dalvin Cook, Vikings’ rookies stepped into big roles this season
As Mike Zimmer surveyed his rookie class on Thursday, running through the list of his first-year players at a reporters request, the Vikings coach could tick off players who were already key contributors, important role players or promising prospects.
[Pat] Elfleins pretty good. [Dalvin] Cook is good, Zimmer said. [Ben] Gedeons done good. Weve got a lot of them, right? I think [Stacy] Coleys going to be a player. [Rodney] Adams, hes got a chance to be a player. [Jaleel] Johnson, he does, too.
Florida State hires Telly Lockette as tight ends coach
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Telly Lockette has been hired to coach tight ends at Florida State, making him the first addition to Willie Taggart's staff.
Lockette, who was the running backs coach at Oregon State the last three seasons, has worked with Taggart before. Lockette was the running backs coach at South Florida under Taggart in 2013-14.
ISU football: Former Bengals star Lockette to coach at Florida State
Former Idaho State football player Telly Lockette was hired to coach running backs at Florida State, first reported by tomahawknation.com. Lockette played at ISU in 1993 and 1995-97, earning All-America status twice as a first-team all-Big Sky Conference linebacker. Lockette was inducted into the ISU Athletics Hall of fame in 2013.
Charlotte, N.C. – In 2016, the Vikings were inspiring visions of a Super Bowl run before they traveled to the East Coast and lost to a contender as the surgical tape holding their offensive line together fell away like molted skin.
In 2017, the Vikings were hinting they could become the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium when they traveled to the East Coast and lost to a contender as their offensive linemen began toppling like shooting-gallery ducks.
The Minnesota Vikings are thriving despite three deconstructed knees and five constructive “nos.”
When the history of the Vikings’ 2017 season is written, the second or third paragraph will cite the team’s ability to overcome injuries to Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and Dalvin Cook — two franchise quarterbacks and a budding star running back.
The lowest point in this Vikings season-to-date probably came in Week 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium against Detroit.
What was still assumed to be a short-term injury to Sam Bradford kept him out for a third consecutive game. Case Keenum, with one bad start (Pittsburgh) and one great one (Tampa Bay) started against the Lions. He looked pretty ordinary as the Vikings moved the ball but constantly shot themselves in the foot.
Unheralded offense adds needed balance to Vikings defense
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — When running back Dalvin Cook went down with a season-ending knee injury against the Detroit Lions in Week 4, the Minnesota Vikings were looking at an offense without its No. 1 options at quarterback and running back, and a 2-2 record.
The Vikings havent lost four consecutive games to one team in the division since Mike Zimmer became their head coach. Theyll avoid that distinction with an improved offense thats probably sick and tired of hearing how it cant score against Detroit.
Every week during the NFL season, Arthur Arkush shares his top nine waiver targets for fantasy owners. This will focus exclusively on players owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and this year there's a twist: we're sharing our top nine targets at each position, in addition to our top nine overall.
Vikings rookie Dalvin Cook upbeat about ACL recovery
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Dalvin Cook's promising rookie season with Minnesota was left painfully short, a simple cut on the turf gone wrong in the fourth game of his career that resulted in a torn ACL in his left knee.
The devastating injury didn't keep him down for long, though. He's been in good company with the Vikings, whose roster is full of former knee reconstruction patients. They've provided Cook with plenty of advice, encouragement and inspiration.
Vikings’ Dalvin Cook says he’ll be ‘better than ever’ when he returns from season-ending knee injury
Forty-six days after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook still isn’t far enough along in the rehab process to be setting goals for when he wants to be back on the field.
He’s done enough work at this point, though, to believe he’s capable of returning “better than ever.”
NFL’s all-injury team can rival All-Pro squad
The NFL's all-injury team may be better than the All-Pro team this season.
Aaron Rodgers behind center. David Johnson and Dalvin Cook in the backfield. Odell Beckham Jr., Julian Edelman and Brandon Marshall at wide receiver. Greg Olsen and Tyler Eifert split tight end reps. Joe Thomas and Jason Peters anchor the offensive line.
Then there's Deshaun Watson, Carson Palmer, Sam Bradford and Ryan Tannehill. Derek Carr and Jameis Winston have also missed a few games.
Vikings’ midseason report: Second-half questions, unheralded contributors, three toughest matchups
Three unheralded Vikings
You know by now about the stars of the Vikings third-ranked defense and a running game that kept churning even after the loss of rookie Dalvin Cook. Jerick McKinnon is racking up yards and receiver Adam Thielen has brought the long-ball threat back. But what could you have missed? Below weve pinpointed three relatively unheralded reasons for the Vikings 6-2 start:
Halfway through the regular season and going into their bye week, the first-place Vikings are 6-2 and in position to win their second NFC North title in three years. Over their padded shoulders hangs last year’s 3-8 finish after a 5-0 start heading into the bye week, which kept them out of the playoffs.
Are these Vikings better suited to weather the NFL’s second act?
Vikings offense has been in sure hands with Pat Shurmur
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings lost starting quarterback Sam Bradford to an injury right after the opener. Running back Dalvin Cook was hurt in the fourth game and is out for the season.
When you hear of the NFL what do you think of? Do you think of the loud noises, the tailgate parties, or the crowds of people cheering on their team? When I hear of the NFL, or National Football League, I think of the fun times, good games, and the entertainment. The NFL is a hard-hitting sport filled with a lot of action and fun. The NFL, my favorite sport, is the best sport to watch.
No NFL team escapes injuries, but Vikings have absorbed them better than their opponents this year
LONDON The Vikings will play their fifth game of October on Sunday, as they look for their fourth win of the month after losing Dalvin Cook on Oct. 1 against the Detroit Lions.