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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 ease Griffen in, unsure if he plays against Saints
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Everson Griffen was back at practice with the Minnesota Vikings for the first time in almost six weeks, a significant point of progress in returning to his spot at right defensive end and re-establishing his pass-rushing and run-stopping skills in a game setting for the NFC North leaders.
Vikings place rookie CB Hughes on IR, re-sign DT Parry
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have placed cornerback Mike Hughes on injured reserve, following the ACL injury to the rookie's left knee that will keep him out for the remainder of the season.
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.
Vikings DE Griffen remains out with mental health trouble
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Last week, the Minnesota Vikings were concerned enough about Everson Griffen's state of mind that they barred the three-time Pro Bowl defensive end from practice until he had a mental health evaluation.
After a scary series of incidents on Saturday, Griffen remained away from the team on Tuesday and out of action indefinitely. Coach Mike Zimmer said Griffen would not travel with the team to play the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday.
Vikings DE Griffen on leave; team concerned about well-being
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has been sidelined indefinitely by an undisclosed situation that has caused concern within the organization about his well-being.
Vikings D preparing for all scenarios with Rodgers, Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — For the Minnesota Vikings, it's more about whether Aaron Rodgers will have his full bag of tricks while playing with a knee injury than if he'll be playing at all.
The Vikings are thoroughly convinced the Green Bay Packers quarterback will be in uniform Sunday when they visit Lambeau Field.
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.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with Danielle Hunter, making him one of the top 10 highest-paid defensive ends in the NFL while securing another core player before he could reach free agency.
The deal, which was done on Wednesday, is worth up to $72 million, according to a person with knowledge of the contract who spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms weren't disclosed by the team.
Everson Griffen sounded as wise as he is strong when asked Tuesday what it meant to be a part of the defense the Vikings are building.
First, the second-team All-Pro right end praised his front office for all the core defenders it has re-signed in the past year. Then he talked about the signing of tackle Sheldon Richardson and the rise of left end Danielle Hunter, referring to the 23-year-old physical marvel as the young buck.
One of the best stories in Minnesota football history got another season this week when the Vikings signed Marcus Sherels to a one-year deal.
Sherels will enter his ninth season with the Vikings, tying him as the second-longest-tenured player on the roster with defensive lineman Everson Griffen and behind defensive lineman Brian Robison, who will enter his 12th season with the Vikings.
Adrian Peterson, despite missing Vikings’ Super Bowl run, says he will ‘always bleed purple’
As Adrian Peterson watched the Vikings make their run to the NFC Championship Game, for the first time since his fateful performance against the New Orleans Saints in 2010, the team’s all-time leading rusher couldn’t help but feel conflicted.
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.
1. Vaitai handles Griffen challenge
So, whos the Most Valuable Player of this top-ranked Vikings defense heading into Sundays NFC title game at Philadelphia?
Not that the answer really matters or can be proven right or wrong, but, hey, we need something to argue about between games, right?
I think, said first-team All-Pro Harrison Smith, that I dont know.
Cmon, Harry. It has to be Everson Griffen and those career-high sacks, right?
Five extra points in Vikings’ win over Saints: Adam Thielen blocks like a champ, Everson Griffen trumps Cameron Jordan
1. Great block, greater catch
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Everson Griffen vs. Cameron Jordan battle shifts from ballot box to field when Vikings face Saints
Two of the NFLs three best edge rushers this season were born 43 miles and 19 months apart in Arizona.
Everson Griffen, the 30-year-old from Avondale, has 61 career sacks for a Vikings team that drafted him in the fourth round in 2010. Cameron Jordan, the 28-year-old from Chandler, has 59 andfrac12; sacks for a Saints team that took him 24th overall a year later.
This season, they tied with 13 sacks, a career high for both. Only three players in the league had more.
Vikings S Harrison Smith named NFC Defensive Player of Week
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith is the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Smith intercepted two passes and made seven tackles — five solo — as the Vikings shut out interstate rival Green Bay 16-0 on Saturday night.
Smith also had two pass breakups, one tackle for a loss and one quarterback pressure as the Vikings posted their first shutout since Dec. 5, 1993, at Detroit.
For Stephen Weatherly, Vikings’ Renaissance man, football is only part of the story
The minutes before meetings in the Vikings defensive line room are time for casual chatter, for the members of what might be the NFLs best defensive front to get to know one another.
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.
Everson Griffen said that after looking at film of the Vikings game against Carolina, he believes the team will be able to right the ship because the loss came down to small, correctable mistakes.
Durable Vikings DE Griffen: ‘I take care of my body.’
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Everson Griffen revealed this week the foot problem that sidelined him for one of Minnesota's game last month was a plantar fascia injury. That painful condition in the ligament connecting the heel to the toes can linger for weeks and significantly limit a player's strength.
Everson Griffen’s recovery regimen for plantar fasciitis and physical play makes even his wife jealous
Defensive end Everson Griffen revealed Monday the foot injury he’s played through this season is plantar fasciitis, which happened Oct. 29 and held him out of one game last month.
Griffen, leading the Vikings defensive line with 594 snaps and 13 sacks this season, credited playing through his foot injury and his general health to a methodical regimen he says begins the morning after a game at 5:30 a.m. with oxygen therapy in a hyperbaric chamber.
Vikings’ pass rush eyeing big day against familiar foe Matt Kalil, Panthers
Vikings defensive linemen have long awaited Sundays game in Carolina not only for the chance to face Matt Kalil, the talented but often-injured left tackle who chose to sign with the Panthers this spring over an offer to return to the Vikings, but because former MVP quarterback Cam Newton gives them those precious extra seconds needed to take him down.
This is the one weve wanted, said one Vikings defensive lineman. Cam pats that ball.
The pied piper of the Vikings locker room strolled in still beaming about the birth of his third son on Thanksgiving Day.
For the record, Everson Griffen and his wife, Tiffany, settled on Sebastian Gregory for the boy’s name over those that poured in over social media after Griffen crowd-sourced the national television audience of Minnesota’s holiday victory over the Detroit Lions by revealing a T-shirt message that solicited names.
Keenum named NFC Offensive Player of Month for November
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum has been named the NFC Player of the Month for November.
Allen Park — Physically, Taylor Decker couldn't feel any better. After playing in his third game, following offseason shoulder surgery, there is no physical limitations or discomfort.
"I feel like I feel as good as I could," Decker said. "I'm obviously never going to get those training camp reps and those first eight-game reps. That's a lot of reps that are valuable to have, but I have to make the best of the situation that I have."
Allen Park — Pardon the holiday delay, but here are 10 observations from our film review of the Detroit Lions' 30-23 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
NO ANSWER FOR GRIFFEN
Even with left tackle Taylor Decker back in the fold, the Lions had no answer for Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who dominated the matchup. He proved to be tough to stop as both a pass rusher and a run defender.
Vikings vs. Lions: Three important takeaways form the Vikings’ 30-23 victory
1. Griffen could be one of Vikings’ all-time greats
Everson Griffen’s third baby and 12th sack of the season brighten his Thanksgiving
Everson Griffen wasn’t expecting his wife, Tiffany, to welcome their third child into the world on Thanksgiving Day, but the Vikings defensive end watched the birth via FaceTime from Ford Field on Thursday morning.
And Griffen wanted America’s help naming him. After the first of his two sacks in Thursday’s 30-23 victory against the Lions, Griffen yanked up his jersey to reveal a scribble on his white undershirt reading: “I just had a baby boy. What should we name him?”
James Hawkins of The Detroit News breaks down Thursday's Vikings-Lions game at Ford Field (12:30 p.m. Fox/ WJR 760).
The NFL is stocked with size XXXL men who possess uncommon strength. Then there is Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph.
Hes like the Hulk, safety Harrison Smith said. Hes a level up from the normal [NFL] strong.
Joseph is 6 feet, 4 inches and 329 pounds of muscle and intimidation. The room shrinks when he walks through the door. He makes a normal-sized adult feel like a No. 2 pencil.
Hes a strong, powerful man, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.
How strong? Joseph once benched 550 pounds. In high school.
Vikings’ Everson Griffen returns in pursuit of sacks record after one-game absence with foot injury
This time, both head coach and player say Everson Griffen will return from a foot injury Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. Let Griffen tell you.
My foot feels great, Griffen said Wednesday. Yeah, Ill be playing on Sunday for sure.
Griffen missed a game for the first time this season last week despite Mike Zimmer repeatedly saying he expected Griffen to play in Washington. But Griffens return was postponed a week to make sure he didnt risk a long-term absence.
The Vikings begin a difficult second-half schedule against a team that has gone 4-4 against the leagues toughest slate this year. In what should be a back-and-forth game between two solid clubs, the home team gets a slight edge.
Griffen, Vikings’ defensive line pose challenge for Redskins
LANDOVER, Maryland (AP) — Everson Griffen doesn't take much credit for his place in NFL history.
The Minnesota Vikings defensive end joined pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis as the only three players with a sack in each of his team's first eight games of the season since the league began tracking the stat in 1982. Griffen talks like a chunk of his 10 sacks belong to fellow linemen Danielle Hunter, Brian Robison, Tom Johnson and Linval Joseph.
Griffen, Vikings’ defensive line pose challenge for Redskins
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Everson Griffen doesn't take much credit for his place in NFL history.
The Minnesota Vikings defensive end joined stud pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis as the only three players with a sack in each of his team's first eight games of the season since the league began tracking the stat in 1982. Griffen talks like a chunk of his 10 sacks belong to fellow linemen Danielle Hunter, Brian Robison, Tom Johnson and Linval Joseph.
Defensive end Everson Griffen and right tackle Mike Remmers were unable to practice Wednesday, the Vikings first session since returning from the bye week.
Remmers remains in the concussion protocol 10 days after he was pulled from the Vikings 33-16 victory over the Browns in London. He seemingly injured his head while trying to cut block Browns linebacker Jamie Collins Sr. on the fifth snap of the game. Tackle Rashod Hill took Remmers place at the start of Wednesdays practice.
Vikings’ Griffen named NFC defensive player of month
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has been named NFC defensive player of the month for October after recording six sacks in five games.
Griffen, an eight-year veteran, also forced two fumbles and had 18 tackles — second most among NFC defensive ends — during the month.
Griffen has 10 sacks this season as part of a Vikings defense that ranks third in yards allowed per game (282.1) and fourth in points allowed per game (16.9).
Vikings’ five extra points: NFL in London won’t happen, Everson Griffen’s sacks always happen
1. Waynes has one of his best games
The NFLs three London games this year all have been lopsided, with two shutouts and a 44-7 score among them. Facing an 0-7 Browns team missing Joe Thomas and Myles Garrett, the Vikings should roll unless something odd happens. Prediction: Vikings 27, Browns 6.
Vikings’ Everson Griffen bummed he can’t face Browns’ ironman Joe Thomas
LONDON Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen mentioned four times how he really, really wanted to go against Browns 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas on Sunday.
Instead, hell face Spencer Drango, a second-year backup guard making his first NFL start at left tackle.
Hes a guy who should be playing guard, Griffen said matter-of-factly after Fridays practice at Hazelwood Centre, training ground for the London Irish rugby team.
Vikings launch London trip with practice on Syon castle lawn, cows grazing nearby
LONDON Just when you think youve seen all the NFL has to offer, youre standing outside a 16th century English castle when Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen starts dancing to Drakes Pop Style during a walkthrough next to a field of cows who couldnt care less about growing Americas favorite sport.
Yeah, said receiver Adam Thielen, Ive never seen this one before.
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.
Vikings defense dominates in 24-16 win over Ravens
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings offense is down its starting quarterback, star rookie running back and best receiver.
With a defense like they have, the Vikings have not missed a beat.
Everson Griffen had two of Minnesota's five sacks and Latavius Murray rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown to help the Vikings to a 24-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Solid Vikings defense will remain a force for years
While there have been questions about the Vikings offense all year, their defense has never been a concern. They are allowing the fewest points in the NFC at 17.2 per game. They are allowing just a 25.0 percent conversion rate on third downs (opponents are 18 -for-72 on third down), just ahead of the Denver Broncos. And they might have the best defense in all of football.
MINNEAPOLIS — Tight end Kyle Rudolph said the Vikings have discovered a winning formula on offense, part of which is doing no harm to their stingy defense.
"We just try not to screw it up for those guys," Rudolph said Wednesday. "They're pretty good on that side of the ball."
Try very good.
The Vikings rank among the top five teams in the NFL in key per-game defensive categories, including scoring (17.5 points), rushing (78.7 yards) and total yards (295.5).
Packers: David Bakhtiari sounds like he’ll miss his fifth straight game
GREEN BAY — David Bakhtiari admitted that he hasn’t been the most pleasant fellow to be around while sidelined by a hamstring injury.
The Green Bay Packers left tackle likes to say that he has “a terrible case of FOMO” — the fear of missing out — and he’s been missing out on a lot since sustaining the injury late in the regular-season opener. Four games, to be exact.
“He’s semi-miserable to be with right now,” offensive line coach James Campen said Thursday night. “But we love him.”