Posted August 26, 2012 on profootball.scout.com
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Frazier: Brinkley's performance 'encouraging'

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...

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,...

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' Kluwe criticizes replacement officials

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 Diego Chargers. ...

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...

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.

'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.

Chargers top Vikings 12-10 in penalty-filled game

From Christian Ponder's off-target throws for Minnesota to San Diego's depleted offense to a bunch of bungled calls by the replacement officials, this was a preseason game in every way. The Chargers at least went home happy with the way their defense is playing. The Vikings were reminded that their offense isn't ready yet for September. Nick Novak's 45-yard field...

Notebook: Receiver situation cloudy

The Vikings entered the preseason with several positions up for grabs, but no one has emerged as the clear-cut answer for Jerome Simpson’s replacement at split end. Plus, the offensive line reacts to five sacks surrendered, Harrison Smith explains his penalized hit, the linebackers made plays, the replacement officials are criticized, a big donation and much more.
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