Found August 26, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Jasper Brinkley has been set as the Minnesota Vikings' starting middle linebacker since the offseason, but he might have finally won the job in Friday's third preseason game. Minnesota didn't add veteran insurance in case Brinkley was slow to develop after missing all of last season after hip surgery. The starting job has been Brinkley's to lose since the team decided not to re-sign E.J. Henderson in the offseason. Yet, the Vikings had grown cautious of Brinkley's health and his ability to return confident from the injuries. Friday's game against the San Diego Chargers --when he had four tackles and two sacks -- was crucial to regaining the coaches' confidence in him, as much as it was in regaining confidence in himself. "Very important," coach Leslie Frazier said. "It's a good point, because we were concerned going into the preseason about his health and what has happened over the last year. So, to see him incre...

Minnesota Vikings Release 15 Players, Roster Now Down to 75 Man Limit

The Minnesota Vikings released 15 players to comply with the 75 man roster limit that is required by Monday, August 27.  The 15 players released are as follows: wide receivers Kamar Jorden, AJ Love, Kerry Taylor, Bryan Walters, offensive linemen Bridger Buche, Grant Cook, Levi Horn, linebackers Solomon Elimimian, Tyler Nielsen, defensive linemen Anthony Jacobs, Ernest Owusu, Tydreke...

Peterson takes first hits since surgery

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Running back Adrian Peterson is taking his first hits in practice with the Minnesota Vikings in his continued recovery from major knee surgery. Coach Leslie Frazier said that Peterson, who had surgery on Dec. 31 to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee, has begun taking his from defenses during team drills in practice Monday. Peterson returned to practice...

Vikings draft picks getting up to speed

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings felt they were going to shape the future of their roster with the 10 players they acquired in April's NFL Draft and Minnesota wasn't planning on waiting long into the future for contributions. The Vikings drafted two immediate starters in the first round in left tackle Matt Kalil and safety Harrison Smith. They gave the kicking...

Vikings defense strong amid offensive mess

The "dress rehearsal" preseason game didn't go as well as the Minnesota Vikings might have hoped. Hosting the San Diego Chargers in the third preseason game, Minnesota resembled more of the team that went 3-13 last season instead of the team coming off an impressive win last week against the Buffalo Bills. The Vikings lost 12-10 against San Diego as Nick Novak kicked...

Kluwe: ''These replacements are horrible''

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says he's had enough with these replacement officials after watching them for three weeks of preseason games. With the regular season less than two weeks away, Kluwe took to Twitter on Friday night to call for an end to the labor dispute between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association after an ugly 12-10 loss to the San...

Vikings still evaluating Wright on returns

Jarius Wright showed his explosiveness Friday night with a 24-yard punt return, but the Vikings still have concerns about his ability to consistently field punts outside.

Vikings Punter: “These replacements are horrible”

The most outspoken player in all of the NFL may actually be Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. He isn’t afraid to give his opinion on any topic, and was probably more vocal than anyone else, at least publicly, of last years lockout. Earlier this year, he called for Jonathan Vilma to be “banned for life,” [...]

Evans looking to make most of opportunity

Fred Evans has started the last two preseason games and is hoping to show that he is starting quality. Letroy Guion’s knee injury is giving Evans that opportunity.

'Buckle up:' Peterson takes contact

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson took contact from his defensive teammates Monday for the first time since tearing his ACL and MCL in his left knee Dec. 24.

Kluwe remains critical of replacement refs

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is standing up for what he believes, referencing “The Emperor’s New Clothes” when talking about the NFL’s replacement officials.

Vikes' Carlson back at practice, playing catch-up

(Eds: Updates.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer While the Minnesota Vikings conducted practices this past month, John Carlson watched from behind the huddle, a white ball cap on his 6-foot-5 frame signaling his nonparticipation in the drills. As closely as he studied his new team's playbook and tried to grasp his assignments, Carlson's sprained medial collateral...
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