Archive: Vikings

Bollinger Cut By Vikes

The Minnesota Vikings released quarterback Brooks Bollinger. They kept rookie John David Booty as their third quarterback behind Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte....

 

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 04:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings' McKinnie Suspended Four Games

The NFL suspended Minnesota Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie for the first four games of the regular season without pay for violating the league's personal conduct policy. McKinnie faces charges, including one felony, stemming from a fight outside a Miami nightclub in February. He has pleaded not guilty and...

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 07:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Say They're Not Talking L.A.

A Minnesota Vikings official says the franchise is not in active discussions about relocating to Los Angeles. Lester Bagley, the Vikings' vice president of public affairs and stadium development, was quoted in Minneapolis-area newspapers in today's editions as saying that franchise owner Zygi Wilf had spurned overtures to speak...

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings to Keep Top Two QBs on Sideline This Week

The Minnesota Vikings are planning to withhold quarterback Tarvaris Jackson from a second straight preseason game since he suffered a knee injury. Jackson still is vowing to be ready for the regular season opener. The Vikings also are planning to sit down top backup Gus Frerotte this week and...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 12:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vikes Withhold T. Jackson

The Minnesota Vikings withheld starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson from their preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He's recovering from a knee injury....

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2008; 09:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Team Drills For T. Jackson

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson did some throwing during the Minnesota Vikings' practice today and participated in individual drills but did not take part in full team drills. Jackson suffered a knee injury, reportedly a sprained medial collateral ligament, during Saturday's preseason game in Baltimore. A sprained MCL usually takes 2-4...

 

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 08:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Jackson Reportedly Has Sprained MCL in Right Knee

According to reports by Minneapolis-area media outlets, tests showed that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee during Saturday night's preseason game at Baltimore. Jackson left the game a few plays after being hurt and the Vikings initially described the injury...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2008; 06:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Hopeful T. Jackson's Knee Injury Not Serious

The Minnesota Vikings are awaiting further word about the knee injury suffered Saturday night by quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. Jackson left the Vikings' preseason game in Baltimore after hurting his right knee. The Vikings were calling the injury merely a bruise and were hopeful that Jackson would not be sidelined...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2008; 02:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Defensive Injuries Piling Up For Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings have playoff aspirations this season but are suffering an early string of defensive injuries. The latest bad news for the club is that safety Madieu Williams reportedly will miss the early stages of the regular season because of a neck injury. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported...

 

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2008; 01:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Trade Has Many Ramifications For Many Quarterbacks

The trickle-down effect of the Brett Favre trade is significant. The deal means a lot of things to a lot of fellow NFL quarterbacks, beginning with Chad Pennington. The Jets, after trading for Favre late Wednesday night, plan to release Pennington today. He had been competing with Kellen Clemens...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (4)

More Whispers About Possible Trade of Favre to Vikings

GREEN BAY, Wis.--The vehicle that Brett Favre drove out of Lambeau Field on Monday night, a burgundy Escalade, isn't parked in the spot where it was parked Monday night, at a loading dock next to the stadium. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that Favre isn't at the stadium....

 

By Mark Maske | August 5, 2008; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (4)

Vikings Cleared in Tampering Case

GREEN BAY, Wis.--The league has completed its investigation of the tampering charge against the Minnesota Vikings by the Green Bay Packers in the Brett Favre case and has decided that the Vikings won't be punished. The Packers had accused the Vikings of improper contact with Favre, who's under contract...

 

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2008; 04:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Packers Reportedly Offering Favre Money to Stay Retired, Reconsidering Trade Options

According to media reports in Wisconsin, the Green Bay Packers made a financial offer Wednesday to quarterback Brett Favre to try to induce Favre to remain retired and not report to the team's training camp. WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee reported that the Packers offered Favre approximately $20 million over 10...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 08:06 AM ET | Comments (19)

Favre Tampering Investigation Reportedly Under Way

The NFL reportedly has begun its investigation of the tampering allegation levied against the Minnesota Vikings by the Green Bay Packers for improper contact with quarterback Brett Favre. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that members of the league's security staff interviewed Vikings officials Tuesday at the team's headquarters. The...

 

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

Thoughts on Tampering Charge in Favre Case

The Green Bay Packers reportedly have accused the Minnesota Vikings of tampering with quarterback Brett Favre, and the league office is investigating. In the past, this would be the sort of matter that probably would go away quietly. Tampering was easy to allege but difficult to prove, and there...

 

By Mark Maske | July 17, 2008; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Terps' Henderson Joins Brother With Vikings

Former University of Maryland linebacker Erin Henderson agreed to a contract with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent. The move makes him a teammate of his older brother, Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson. Erin Henderson bypassed his final season of collegiate eligibility at Maryland and was projected as...

 

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2008; 08:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Allen Headed to Vikings

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to trade defensive end Jared Allen, last season's NFL sacks leader, to the Minnesota Vikings for three draft picks this weekend, including a first-rounder. The Chiefs also receive a pair of third-round selections. According to a source, Allen agreed to a six-year, approximately...

 

By Mark Maske | April 23, 2008; 02:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Allen Situation Still Unresolved

Defensive end Jared Allen, last season's NFL sacks leader, visited the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. The Vikings now face a multi-part task: They must negotiate a new contract with Allen and they must work out a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, who gave Allen their franchise player tag...

 

By Mark Maske | April 19, 2008; 04:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Up First On J. Allen Tour

Defensive end Jared Allen, last season's NFL sacks leader who was given the Kansas City Chiefs' franchise player tag in February, is scheduled to visit the Minnesota Vikings in the coming days. He also could visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers early next week as a possible precursor to being...

 

By Mark Maske | April 18, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Chiefs Shopping J. Allen to Vikings, Bucs

People around the league say the Kansas City Chiefs are shopping defensive end Jared Allen, the league's sack leader last season. The Chiefs placed their franchise player tag on Allen in February but that doesn't mean they can't trade him. The Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are said...

 

By Mark Maske | April 17, 2008; 01:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Frerotte Rejoins Vikings

Free agent quarterback Gus Frerotte completed a two-year, $3.75 million contract to return to the Minnesota Vikings. Frerotte is to back up Tarvaris Jackson. He also was with the Vikings in 2003 and 2004....

 

By Mark Maske | April 9, 2008; 09:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Stallworth to Browns, B. Berrian to Vikings

Randy Moss remains unsigned but other wide receivers, including former New England Patriots teammate Donte' Stallworth, are finding teams. Stallworth has agreed to a deal with the Cleveland Browns. The Patriots made him a free agent by declining to pick up an option in his contract. Wideout Bernard Berrian,...

 

By Mark Maske | March 1, 2008; 07:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Land M. Williams, Plus Other Developments

Safety Madieu Williams, an unrestricted free agent, agreed to a six-year, $34 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings. He leaves the Cincinnati Bengals. The Vikings also signed running back Thomas Tapeh, formerly of Philadelphia. In other deals: The Denver Broncos re-signed reserve tight end Nate Jackson. Linebacker Kawika Mitchell...

 

By Mark Maske | February 29, 2008; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Williamson Reportedly Headed to Jacksonville

Wide receiver Troy Williamson reportedly is headed to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Newspaper reports in the Twin Cities say the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to trade the former first-round draft pick to the Jaguars for a sixth-round selection in April. Trades can be agreed to but cannot be officially completed...

 

By Mark Maske | February 26, 2008; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (1)

Vikings Release D. Smith

The Minnesota Vikings released veteran safety Dwight Smith. Smith spent two seasons with the Vikings after four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and one with the New Orleans Saints....

 

By Mark Maske | February 20, 2008; 07:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Interviewing Frazier Today, Waiting to See if Spagnuolo Becomes Available

The Atlanta Falcons are interviewing Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for their head coaching vacancy today. The Falcons tried but failed this week to hire Jason Garrett as their coach. But Garrett rebuffed both the Falcons and Baltimore Ravens to remain the offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys,...

 

By Mark Maske | January 19, 2008; 02:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

A. Peterson Is Runaway Choice as AP Offensive Rookie of Year

Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson was the overwhelming choice as the Associated Press's NFL offensive rookie of the year. Peterson finished second in the league in rushing, behind only San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson, with 1,341 yards despite missing two games because of a knee injury. He set a single-game...

 

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2008; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Likely Will Have A. Peterson Back

Rookie tailback Adrian Peterson likely will play for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday after missing two games because of a torn lateral collateral ligament in his right knee. Peterson remains the NFL's leading rusher. He probably will split carries, for now, with Chester Taylor....

 

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2007; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Expecting to Have Back A. Peterson

Rookie tailback Adrian Peterson appears poised to return to the Minnesota Vikings' lineup this week. Peterson has missed two games since suffering a torn lateral collateral ligament in his right knee. Coach Brad Childress indicated today that, barring any setbacks in practice this week, Peterson likely will split carries...

 

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2007; 08:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Withhold Peterson

The Minnesota Vikings wisely decided not to use rookie tailback Adrian Peterson during today's game against the New York Giants. Peterson missed his second straight game since suffering a torn lateral collateral ligament in his right knee. The Vikings had left open the possibility of Peterson playing today after...

 

By Mark Maske | November 25, 2007; 06:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Leaving Open Possibility of A. Peterson Playing This Weekend

The Minnesota Vikings are leaving open the possibility of rookie tailback Adrian Peterson playing this weekend. Peterson has missed one game since suffering a torn lateral collateral ligament in his right knee. He had limited participation in practice this week. Chester Taylor started in Peterson's place last weekend and...

 

By Mark Maske | November 23, 2007; 07:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

A. Peterson to Miss at Least One Game With Torn Knee Ligament

Minnesota Vikings rookie tailback Adrian Peterson has a torn ligament in his right knee and will miss at least one game, Coach Brad Childress announced today. Peterson suffered a torn lateral collateral ligament during Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers, Childress said during a news conference. Childress said...

 

By Mark Maske | November 12, 2007; 02:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Announce They Will Pay Williamson, After All

The Minnesota Vikings reversed themselves today and indicated they would pay wide receiver Troy Williamson for last week. The Vikings previously had indicated they would withhold Williamson's weekly paycheck of more than $25,000 after he left the team following the death of his grandmother. Williamson also spent time with...

 

By Mark Maske | November 10, 2007; 07:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bollinger Could Be Vikings' Starter

The Minnesota Vikings might have their third different starting quarterback of the season this weekend. Brooks Bollinger could be the starter with Tarvaris Jackson perhaps sidelined by a concussion and Kelly Holcomb by a neck injury. The Vikings also signed Koy Detmer this week....

 

By Mark Maske | November 10, 2007; 03:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Reportedly Withholding Pay from Receiver Who Left Team Following Grandmother's Death

The Minnesota Vikings reportedly have informed wide receiver Troy Williamson that he will not be paid for last week after he left the team following the death of his grandmother. Several media outlets in the Twin Cities reported that Williamson will not be paid $25,588 of his $435,000 salary...

 

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2007; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Add Detmer

The Minnesota Vikings signed quarterback Koy Detmer. Detmer formerly played for the Philadelphia Eagles when Vikings Coach Brad Childress was an Eagles assistant. Detmer gives Childress another option as the Vikings deal with a series of quarterback injuries. Would-be starter Tarvaris Jackson suffered a concussion last weekend and has...

 

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2007; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings in Market for Quarterback Help

Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Chris Weinke reportedly is scheduled to work out today for the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have had a string of injuries at quarterback. Tarvaris Jackson suffered a concussion during Sunday's win over the San Diego Chargers. He has missed time this season because of a...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

T. Jackson Appears Set to Reclaim Vikings' Starting Job

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson participated in the Minnesota Vikings' practice Wednesday and appears poised to reclaim the starting job. Jackson missed last weekend's game because of a broken finger on his passing hand. He missed two games earlier in the season because of a groin injury. With top backup Kelly...

 

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 09:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Quarterback Carousel Continues to Spin for Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings could be about to use their third different starting quarterback this season, with Brooks Bollinger perhaps in line to become the starter this week. Bollinger replaced Kelly Holcomb during Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles after Holcomb suffered a neck injury. He reportedly has bruised vertebrae...

 

By Mark Maske | October 30, 2007; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Won't Name Starter at Quarterback Until Sunday

Coach Brad Childress indicated that the Minnesota Vikings won't pick a starting quarterback until Sunday. Kelly Holcomb likely will start against the Philadelphia Eagles. Tarvaris Jackson suffered a broken finger on his throwing hand last weekend....

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2007; 05:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Sign Punter to Contract Extension

The Minnesota Vikings signed punter Chris Kluwe to a six-year contract extension worth slightly more than $8 million. The deal runs through the 2013 season....

 

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 08:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Holcomb Could Be Vikings' Starter Again This Week

Backup quarterback Kelly Holcomb took most of the snaps during the Minnesota Vikings' practice Wednesday and could start this weekend ahead of Tarvaris Jackson. Jackson suffered a broken finger on his throwing hand last weekend and participated in Wednesday's practice on a limited basis. Holcomb made two starts earlier...

 

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Jackson Has Broken Finger on Throwing Hand

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson suffered a fracture on the second finger of his right hand during Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Coach Brad Childress announced today. A stretched tendon or ligament has pulled a small piece away from the bone. It's unclear if Jackson will be able...

 

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 07:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Childress Making Sure T. Jackson is Healthy Before Reinserting Him as Starter

Quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Kelly Holcomb have been splitting the snaps this week in the Minnesota Vikings' practices. Vikings Coach Brad Childress would like to switch back to Jackson as his starter this week, but first wants to make certain that Jackson has recovered fully from a groin injury....

 

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2007; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Probably Will Go With Holcomb Again

Kelly Holcomb probably will make a second straight start at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. Usual starter Tarvaris Jackson still is bothered by a groin injury....

 

By Mark Maske | September 27, 2007; 08:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Holcomb Probably Will Be Vikings' Starter

Kelly Holcomb likely will take over for the injured Tarvaris Jackson as the Minnesota Vikings' starter at quarterback this weekend. Holcomb appears to have moved ahead of Brooks Bollinger, and Jackson missed practices Wednesday and Thursday because of a groin injury....

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2007; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Childress Mum on Vikings' Quarterback Situation

Kelly Holcomb and Brooks Bollinger are splitting the practice-field snaps with the Minnesota Vikings with the club's starting quarterback, Tarvaris Jackson, probably sidelined by a groin injury this week. Coach Brad Childress isn't saying which quarterback would get the starting nod this weekend if Jackson is unable to play....

 

By Mark Maske | September 19, 2007; 10:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Jackson's Groin Injury Could Produce Quarterback Change for Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are sticking with struggling young quarterback Tarvaris Jackson as their starter but a groin injury could keep Jackson sidelined this week. Brooks Bollinger or Kelly Holcomb would take over as the starter if Jackson is unable to play....

 

By Mark Maske | September 18, 2007; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Williams Agrees to Contract Extension With Vikings

INDIANAPOLIS--Defensive tackle Pat Williams agreed to a three-year, $22 million contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings that will keep him off the free agent market next spring. The deal runs through the 2010 season. Williams would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency after the season....

 

By Mark Maske | September 6, 2007; 04:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Get Holcomb From Eagles to Back Up T. Jackson

The Minnesota Vikings added a veteran backup quarterback to go with young starter Tarvaris Jackson by trading a sixth-round draft choice in 2009 to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday for Kelly Holcomb. The Eagles obtained Holcomb in an offseason trade with the Buffalo Bills but have A.J. Feeley and...

 

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2007; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Vikings Add R. Ferguson

Wide receiver Robert Ferguson agreed to a contract today with the Minnesota Vikings. He was released last week by the Green Bay Packers, and also considered a possible deal with the Houston Texans....

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 05:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Will Take Their Lumps While T. Jackson Learns

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Minnesota Vikings Players Released: Brad Johnson, QB Fred Smoot, CB Jermaine Wiggins, TE Mike Rosenthal, T Free Agents Lost: Jason Whittle, G Napoleon Harris, LB Bethel Johnson, WR Ralph Brown, CB Marcus Robinson, WR Free Agents Re-Signed: Tank Williams, S Drew Henson, QB Free Agents Added:...

 

By Mark Maske | May 22, 2007; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

Vikings Hopeful No Surgery Necessary For A. Peterson

Minnesota Vikings officials are hopeful that just-drafted tailback Adrian Peterson won't have to undergo surgery for the broken collarbone that he suffered last season and aggravated in Oklahoma's bowl game. Some NFL teams had been wary before the draft that Peterson might have to undergo surgery. The Vikings selected...

 

By Mark Maske | May 2, 2007; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Doss Becomes Latest Former Starter to Leave Super Bowl Champs

Free agent safety Mike Doss left the Indianapolis Colts for a one-year, $1 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Doss was hurt for most of last season and rookie Antoine Bethea (from Howard University) emerged as the Colts' starter at safety alongside Bob Sanders. He is the sixth former...

 

By Mark Maske | April 5, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

K. Curtis Choice Near?

Free agent wide receiver Kevin Curtis probably is close to picking a new team now that he's hired Bruce and Ryan Tollner as his agents. Curtis had to wait the required five days after firing Tom Condon. Curtis, formerly of the St. Louis Rams, has drawn interest from the...

 

By Mark Maske | March 12, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Receiver B. Wade Signs with Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings signed free agent wide receiver Bobby Wade to a five-year, $15 million contract. Wade had 33 catches this past season for the Tennessee Titans....

 

By Mark Maske | March 6, 2007; 11:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Smoot Sent Cruising Out of Minnesota

The Minnesota Vikings released cornerback Fred Smoot. Smoot spent two seasons with the Vikings after leaving the Washington Redskins to sign a six-year, $34 million contract in free agency. But he was hurt often and was among the Vikings players to face charges in the aftermath of the infamous...

 

By Mark Maske | March 1, 2007; 06:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Release B. Johnson

The Minnesota Vikings released quarterback Brad Johnson. He'd lost the starting job to rookie Tarvaris Jackson at the end of the season....

 

By Mark Maske | February 28, 2007; 09:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts' Frazier Replaces Tomlin as Vikings' Defensive Boss

The Minnesota Vikings hired Indianapolis Colts defensive backs coach Leslie Frazier as their defensive coordinator. Frazier replaces Mike Tomlin, who left the Vikings to become the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers....

 

By Mark Maske | February 9, 2007; 08:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Smoot Breaks Jaw in Auto Accident

Cornerback Fred Smoot is to miss the Minnesota Vikings' season finale this weekend. He broke his jaw in five places in a car accident Friday in his native Mississippi. Vikings players were given the weekend off after losing Thursday night in Green Bay. Coach Brad Childress told reporters today...

 

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2006; 08:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Jackson Puts Up Feeble Numbers in First Start, But It Wasn't Really Quite That Bad

The numbers were predictably bad for rookie quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in his first NFL start Thursday night for the Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay. The second-round draft selection completed 10 of 20 passes for 50 yards. He threw an interception and had a passer rating of 35.4. The Vikings...

 

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2006; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Going With Rookie at QB

The Minnesota Vikings are going with rookie Tarvaris Jackson as their starting quarterback. Coach Brad Childress announced today that Jackson would start the final two games of the regular season, beginning Thursday night at Green Bay. Jackson, a second-round draft choice out of Alabama State, replaced Brad Johnson in...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 04:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Childress Not Announcing QB Choice

Minnesota Vikings Coach Brad Childress today refused to name a starting quarterback for this week. It seems likely that Childress will stick with struggling veteran Brad Johnson but he refused to rule out a possible switch to rookie Tarvaris Jackson, telling reporters that he wanted to keep the Detroit...

 

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 08:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Childress's QB Options Are Limited

The sprained left shoulder suffered by backup quarterback Brooks Bollinger during Sunday's loss at Chicago might be the only thing keeping Brad Johnson from being benched as the Minnesota Vikings' starter this week. Johnson is struggling badly but it's unclear if Bollinger will be available this week. If he's...

 

By Mark Maske | December 5, 2006; 09:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Fullback Richardson Probably Headed to IR

Minnesota Vikings fullback Tony Richardson likely is headed to the injured reserve list. Richardson, already playing with a broken thumb, suffered a fractured forearm during last Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers and is to be sidelined at least six weeks....

 

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2006; 09:31 PM ET | Comments (5)

Childress Irked About Turnovers But Sticks With B. Johnson as Vikings' Starter

Brad Johnson remains the Minnesota Vikings' starter at quarterback, Coach Brad Childress announced Tuesday. Childress went to backup Brooks Bollinger after Johnson threw his third interception during Monday night's lopsided loss to the New England Patriots, but said during his news conference Tuesday that Johnson still is the team's...

 

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2006; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Grudge Match, At Least for Front Offices

The two teams involved in the most acrimonious dealings of the offseason square off this weekend in Seattle. The Seahawks are scheduled to host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The two clubs were involved in a bitter offseason tussle over free agent contracts. The Vikings signed Pro Bowl guard...

 

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Sign B. Johnson

The Minnesota Vikings signed wide receiver and kick returner Bethel Johnson. Johnson led the AFC in kickoff returns in 2003 as a rookie for the New England Patriots. He was traded to the New Orleans Saints this past offseason but was released before the season. The Vikings released wide...

 

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Grievance Reportedly Filed Against Vikings on K. Robinson's Behalf

The NFL Players Association reportedly has filed a grievance against the Minnesota Vikings on behalf of wide receiver Koren Robinson. The grievance was filed late last month, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The Vikings released Robinson, now with the Green Bay Packers, after he was charged with drunk...

 

By Mark Maske | October 6, 2006; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Sign Henson to Practice Squad

The Minnesota Vikings signed quarterback Drew Henson, who was released by the Dallas Cowboys before the season, to their practice squad. Henson joins Brad Johnson and Brooks Bollinger as the Vikings' healthy quarterbacks. Rookie Tarvaris Jackson is sidelined after undergoing knee surgery....

 

By Mark Maske | September 27, 2006; 10:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Rookie QB Has Knee Surgery

Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is to be sidelined about a month after suffering a knee injury in practice last week and undergoing surgery to repair meniscus damage. The Vikings are left with two healthy quarterbacks, Brad Johnson and Brooks Bollinger. They were making plans to possibly add...

 

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2006; 01:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Smoot May Have Been Benched as Disciplinary Matter

Cornerback Fred Smoot may have been benched for the Minnesota Vikings' opening defensive series of Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears as a disciplinary measure. Coach Brad Childress did not give a reason for Smoot's absence from the Vikings' lineup at the outset of the game, saying during his...

 

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2006; 01:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Torn ACL Ends E. James's Season

Erasmus James, the Minnesota Vikings' second-year defensive end, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday's victory over the Carolina Panthers. The injury ends the season for the former first-round draft pick....

 

By Mark Maske | September 18, 2006; 11:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Regards Vikings' Communications-System Failure As "Non-Issue"

The NFL is not investigating a failure of the Minnesota Vikings' communications system during their triumph Monday night over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field, a league spokesman said today. The league considers the episode a technical mishap and a closed matter, the spokesman said. "It's a non-issue," said...

 

By Mark Maske | September 14, 2006; 04:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

WR Moves: Lions Sign Hakim, Vikings Negotiating With Q. Morgan, Dolphins Look at C. Rogers

The Detroit Lions signed veteran wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim on Tuesday. Hakim spent three seasons with the Lions between 2002 and 2004. He also is reuniting with his former coach in St. Louis, first-year Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz. There could be more wide receiver moves about to happen...

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2006; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Childress Gives Rookie Coaches A Winning Record on Opening Weekend

The Minnesota Vikings' triumph over the Washington Redskins on Monday night at FedEx Field in Brad Childress's NFL head-coaching debut left rookie coaches league-wide with a 4-3 record on the opening weekend of games. Childress joined the Rams' Scott Linehan, the Jets' Eric Mangini and the Saints' Sean Payton...

 

By Mark Maske | September 12, 2006; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Longwell Knew Hall's Kick Was Tough

When Minnesota Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell watched his Washington Redskins counterpart, John Hall, line up for a 48-yard field goal try to attempt to tie the game Monday night in the closing seconds, Longwell knew that Hall was facing no easy task. Longwell had drilled a 46-yard field goal...

 

By Mark Maske | September 12, 2006; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Williamson Stumbles and Bumbles, Then Makes Play That Matters Most for Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings, after cutting would-be No. 1 receiver Koren Robinson in training camp, need second-year speedster Troy Williamson to be a major factor in their passing game this season. He had only 24 catches last season as a rookie after being taken with the seventh overall selection in...

 

By Mark Maske | September 12, 2006; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Smoot Wonders About FedEx Reception Monday

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--Fred Smoot wonders what kind of reception he'll get from the FedEx Field crowd Monday night. The chatty cornerback was a fan favorite when he played for the Washington Redskins. But he left the Redskins last year as a free agent to sign a six-year, $34 million...

 

By Mark Maske | September 6, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (51)

B. Johnson On Target as Vikings Ready for Redskins

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson was sharp Thursday in his final tune-up for the Sept. 11 regular season opener against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. He completed 11 of 13 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the Vikings' exhibition-season finale. The Vikings...

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2006; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Another Embarrassment for Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings had yet another embarrassing incident involving one of their players when safety Dwight Smith received a misdemeanor citation from police early Saturday for alleged indecent conduct with a 24-year-old woman in a stairwell near a downtown Minneapolis nightclub. Smith participated in the Vikings' practice today. First-year...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2006; 09:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Grievance Seems Possible in K. Robinson Case

The Koren Robinson case seemingly could be headed to a grievance procedure. The Minnesota Vikings released the wide receiver over the weekend on the heels of Robinson being arrested on drunk-driving and fleeing-from-police charges during training camp. Under the terms of the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, however, players can...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2006; 09:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kluwe Keeps Vikings' Punting Job

The Minnesota Vikings are confident that punter Chris Kluwe is healthy after he had his rookie season ended by a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. They waived Kluwe's only training-camp competition, fellow punter John Torp, today. Kluwe averaged 44.1 yards per punt, sixth-best in the league,...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2006; 10:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Robinson's Arrest Is Another Embarrassment for Vikings

The arrest of wide receiver Koren Robinson on Tuesday night on drunk-driving and felony fleeing from police charges was another embarrassment for the Minnesota Vikings as the franchise attempts to restore its tarnished image in the aftermath of last fall's infamous boat cruise that produced allegations of lewd behavior...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2006; 01:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Robinson Charged With One Felony, Several Misdemeanors

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Koren Robinson was charged today in Nicollet County (Minn.) District Court with fleeing from police, a felony, along with two driving while intoxicated charges and three other misdemeanors. A criminal complaint said that Robinson's blood alcohol level was measured at 0.11 percent in a field...

 

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2006; 05:04 PM ET | Comments (2)

K. Robinson Reportedly Arrested

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Koren Robinson was arrested Tuesday night for driving while impaired, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported today. Robinson was arrested while returning to the Vikings' training camp in Mankato, Minn., on the day after a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, the newspaper reported. Robinson...

 

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2006; 08:56 AM ET | Comments (3)

Vikings Lose Rookie LB Greenway For Season

The Minnesota Vikings, as they'd feared, lost rookie linebacker Chad Greenway for the entire season because of the knee injury that he suffered during Monday night's exhibition game against the Oakland Raiders. Greenway hurt his left knee during a first-quarter kickoff Monday night and underwent an MRI exam today....

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2006; 05:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Greenway Could Be Done for Season

The rookie season of Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, a first-round draft pick in April, might be over before it even started. Greenway is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today after injuring his left knee during the Vikings' exhibition game Monday night against the Oakland Raiders. It's feared...

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2006; 08:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Lose Safety for Season

The Minnesota Vikings lost safety Tank Williams for the entire season because of a fractured kneecap that he suffered during a practice Saturday. He will undergo season-ending surgery. Williams, formerly of the Tennessee Titans, was signed as a free agent in March and was slated to replace the departed...

 

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2006; 09:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings, Foley Reportedly Settle Grievance

The Minnesota Vikings have reached a settlement with former front-office chief Fran Foley, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. The Vikings hired Foley as their vice president of player personnel in January but fired him in early May, apparently upset with his gruff interactions with others in the organization and...

 

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2006; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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