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(Eds: APNewsNow.) By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer From the moment Christian Ponder took over the Minnesota Vikings offense in Week 5 of his rookie season, the quarterback never stopped scrambling.
Ponder didn't have a summer to build a rapport with his teammates and prepare for training camp because of the lockout. Once the season started, it only took five weeks for the Vikings to bench Donovan McNabb and turn the offense over to their first-round draft pick.
Ponder says he found it difficult to lead during such a hectic period. Now as he participates in his first voluntary workouts as a Viking, he says he ''can comfortably say this is my team.''
Ponder has asserted himself as a leader this offseason and is looking forward to a much smoother second season in the NFL.
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. It's been less than a week since the Colts drafted their quarterback of the future after dispensing with the man who brought them to relevance, six days since the Redskins sacrificed much of their future for the double-threat signal caller who's charged with turning their team around. Talk of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III is finally starting to subside...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings trimmed their roster by two players Wednesday, releasing guard Butch Lewis and tight end Daniel Hardy.
Minnesota now has 65 players on its roster, not including the unsigned 10 draft picks and 15 undrafted free agents the team has agreed to terms with.
Lewis and Hardy were considered longshots to make the roster, but were early cuts with...
It’s been a difficult season plus for Vikings fans. Not only was their team awful, not only did they lose their best player to a devastating knee injury, but the worst thing that has happened is the continued push for a new stadium, and the resistance it is receiving from the government.
I am not going to even get into this at all, because I have no idea the intricacies of what...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. First-round draft pick Matt Kalil had quite the audience in his first practice session for the Minnesota Vikings, who selected the big left tackle from USC with the fourth-overall pick in last week's draft.
Attending Minnesota's rookie mini-camp, Kalil had his first chance to put on a Vikings jersey as he went through drills with Minnesota's nine...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Several of the Minnesota Vikings' veteran players stopped by at the opening of the rookie mini-camp on Friday morning, none with more of an interest than second-year quarterback Christian Ponder.
Ponder, out of uniform, watched from the side as his new blind-side protector, left tackle and No. 4 overall draft pick Matt Kalil worked with the offensive lineman...
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook says he is working to regain his teammates' trust after missing 10 games last year because of a trial on charges of domestic assault.
Cook played the first six games last season before being arrested on two felony assault charges for an altercation with his girlfriend.
He was suspended two games and asked to stay away from the team for...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Sitting in jail for 15 days in April, wide receiver Jerome Simpson's faith never wavered. He always believed he would be able to resume his NFL career.
The former Cincinnati Bengals starter had pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge. His first professional contract had expired, and he was a free agent with a criminal record. Cincinnati, long known as a team...
Supporting the Minnesota Vikings is Larry Spooner's lifelong passion.
If the team's latest bid to secure public funding for a new stadium fails, it won't be for his lack of trying.
The 51-year-old has been camping out at the Minnesota Capitol with his purple van, trying to help the Vikings win more support for a Metrodome replacement in downtown Minneapolis.
Blair Walsh became a rarity – a Vikings draft pick spent on a kicker – but he’s looking to extend his Purple legacy beyond that. Walsh talked about his first pro practice, trying to win the kicking battle, and overcoming his struggles last year.
Amy Senser, wife of former Minnesota Vikings player Joe Senser is facing three counts of felony vehicular homicide. If she’s convicted one or all of the felony counts, the state’s sentencing guidelines recommend a prison sentence of four years. The misdemeanor count carries a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The 45 year old took the stand Monday, with both the prosecution...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota legislative Republicans are dropping a last-minute proposal to finance a new 975 million Minnesota Vikings stadium by issuing bonds directly tied to the state's general treasury and are scheduling a vote on an existing proposal.
House Majority Leader Matt Dean cited "impediments" on Thursday for giving up on their general obligation...
Vikings CB Chris Cook is back working out with teammates and said he has to earn their respect again after his October arrest wiped out the final 10 games of the 2011 season for him.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- On this postcard-like spring day, when the lake and the links are beckoning, Larry Spooner and his purple van are spending more of their vacation time parked in front of the Minnesota Capitol.
Supporting the Vikings is a lifelong passion for this 51-year-old suburban Minneapolis warehouse supervisor, who's the same age as the NFL franchise. If the team...
Rookies weren’t the only Vikings at Winter Park on Friday, as veterans were watching the action. Some of them were watching first-round pick Matt Kalil.