Posted September 05, 2013 on
Kevin Williams missed another day of practice with a knee injury, leaving the Vikings to consider a couple of different replacement options. Plus, the rest of the injury report.

Week 1 crucial for both Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings

NFL head coaches, Jim Schwartz and Leslie Frazier among them, are reluctant to overemphasize the first contest of a new season.  But in the case of the Detroit Lions’ and Minnesota Vikings’ game it is virtually impossible not to do so. The Vikings place tremendous reliance upon running back Adrian Peterson.  As A.P. goes, so go the Vikings.  It is important for Minnesota...

Christian Ponder: 'This whole team is hungry'

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Entering his pivotal third season as the Minnesota Vikings quarterback, Christian Ponder knows his proving ground will be on the field as he tries to steer the team to another playoff appearance. Ponder's success, and future, rides on how he complements MVP running back Adrian Peterson and works with his new receiving weapons, Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle...

No limitations for Adrian Peterson as Vikings open season

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- He might have not carried the ball again in the preseason, but there will be no limitations on MVP running back Adrian Peterson when the season opens on Sunday with the Minnesota Vikings traveling to Detroit. The Peterson story is quite different from last year, when Peterson was held out of the preseason while making his way back from reconstructive knee...

Vikings secondary enters 2013 with something to prove

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Greg Jennings was working late after Minnesota Vikings practice this week, helping teammates prepare for Sunday's regular-season opener at Detroit. For at least 20 minutes, Jennings stayed on the field but quarterback Christian Ponder and the other receivers were nowhere to be seen. Jennings had the ear of rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes, working on different...

Investigation of Vikings owners near completion

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is almost through with its review of the Vikings and their ownership group, and construction of the team's new stadium is expected to go on as planned. MSFA chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said in a statement Wednesday that "based on the information received to date, we have indications that the team will have the financial...

Vikings offensive tackles couldn't be less alike

With Matt Kalil under contract through 2015 and Phil Loadholt locked up a year longer than that, the Minnesota Vikings boast a sturdy and talented pair of offensive tackles they can include in the core of their roster for many more seasons. The similarities of the recent high draft picks stop there, though. Kalil, the first-rounder in 2012, and Loadholt, a second-round selection...

Samantha Ponder Still Coolest Wife in NFC North

When we last checked in with Samantha Ponder, her and hubby (Vikings QB Christian Ponder) were producing the only watchable items from ESPN's ESPYs Award Show. Since then, both the NFL and college football season has started, making Ponder pretty busy with training camp and preseason games and Samantha Ponder pretty busy traveling with College Gameday.  Despite this, she...

Allen feeling age facing different Detroit lineman

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Every time Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has lined up against the Detroit Lions in his career he's put his hand in the dirt and looked across the line at left tackle Jeff Backus.Allen has seen Backus more than any other left tackle thanks to those twice-yearly matchups. For the first time against Detroit, Allen will see a new face across from...

Locke explains the art of Aussie-style punts

Jeff Locke has a couple of unique punting qualities that made him intriguing for the Vikings. His ability to kick it Aussie style for the best chance of being downed just outside the end zone is one of them. He explains the concept, the difficulties and mentors in doing it.

Ponder ‘fully confident’ in his Vikings role

Christian Ponder is hoping to show his coach, general manager and Vikings fans that Year 3 is his time and he can lead an improved passing offense.

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions: Three Bold Predictions

The Minnesota Vikings visit their division rivals, the Detroit Lions, to open up the season on Sunday.Last year, the Vikings swept the Lions in both of their matchups 20-13 and 34-24, respectably. Division games will be important for both of these teams right away as they look to unseat the reigning champions, the Green Bay Packers.Here are three bold predictions for the game.Cordarrelle...

Undrafted fullback likely to pave way for MVP

Zach Line went undrafted and was asked to make a position switch for the Vikings. Now, with Jerome Felton suspended, Line apparently will be asked to block for Adrian Peterson, the NFL MVP. Line, Peterson and Leslie Frazier talked about the challenge and Line’s progress.

Despite dad’s memory loss, Mauti presses on

Michael Mauti’s dad is part of another lawsuit involving concussions, but, despite his dad’s struggles with short-term memory loss, the Vikings middle linebacker can’t imagine abandoning football.

Vikings-Lions Preview

Adrian Peterson busted through defenses on his way to one of the best seasons in NFL history for a running back while guiding the Minnesota Vikings to a surprising playoff appearance in 2012. Calvin Johnson's record-setting performance didn't have the same effect on the Detroit Lions, who finished below .500 for the 11th time in 12 years. Their teams will look for each...
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