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Minnesota Vikings rookie safety Harrison Smith has been fined $21,000 by the NFL for a hit on San Diego Chargers receiver Mike Willie on Aug. 24.
The hefty fine sends a stern message to the first-round draft pick, who has already established a reputation as a hard-nosed, big hitter. Smith was penalized for the hit against Willie late in the third preseason game.
Smith was drafted out of Notre Dame to add some playmaking and a harder edge to the back end of the defense. The Vikings have been searching for an intimidating presence at that position for years, and Smith gained a reputation for being willing to get physical even against teammates in practice during training camp while competing for a starting job.
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A 45-year-old man fell to his death during the Vikings-Texans preseason game in Houston, the second time a fan has died in such fashion in as many years.
The Minnesota Vikings wrapped up their preseason last night with a loss to the Houston Texans 28-24 at Reliant Stadium. The Vikings finished 1-3 as they enter the regular season.
The Vikings did not start any of their regulars as Joe Webb started the game as he passed 4/7 for 47 yards. Webb was in for two drives and set them up for two field goals. Vikings' running...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Adrian Peterson's goal since Dec. 31 knee surgery has been returning for the Minnesota Vikings' first regular-season game on Sept. 9.
A little more than a week away and Minnesota coach still isn't sure if the goal will be met.Following the preseason finale 28-24 loss at Houston on Thursday, Frazier called Peterson a "game-time decision"...
With numerous NFL rumors swirling regarding possible roster cuts and trades taking place over the next few days, the Minnesota Vikings are only concerned with players who are guaranteed a spot to start the 2012 regular season, and whether or not they are healthy.
More specifically, they are most concerned about the health and availability of one Adrian Peterson.
After having surgery...
According to Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will likely be a game time decision for next week’s season opener.
Adrian Peterson likely a game time decision for Week 1. #Vikings
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 31, 2012
If Peterson ends up playing next week, I believe TOby Gerhart will start and Peterson will only get...
After trimming back to 53 players Friday night, the Minnesota Vikings continued to put the finishing touches on their regular-season roster Saturday.
The biggest move was the completion of a trade first reported Friday night: The Vikings acquired third-year cornerback A.J. Jefferson from the Arizona Cardinals for what is reported to be undisclosed draft picks.
Jefferson, who went...
Damn, I could really go for some Texas BBQ right now. I can smell it I want it so bad. It mixes smell and taste somewhere on the back of my tongue. GUH.Anyway, welcome to another Purple Jesus Diaries Game Thread. We're back for the final time during the preseason, which means the next time you'll see a game thread it will actually be during a Sunday afternoon (because the...
The Vikings had three injuries sustained in Thursday night’s game, but the focus next week will turn to Adrian Peterson’s recovery, along with John Carlson and Geoff Schwartz. Plus, how about those replacement officials? Another player vents and Leslie Frazier tries to avoid the topic.
The Minnesota Vikings ended the preseason Thursday with a 28-24 loss to the Houston Texans, unable to gain any momentum team-wise while finishing the preseason with a 1-3 record.
But this preseason hasnt been about a record; its been about the development and evaluation of a very young roster.
A look at how the team graded out with its backups on the field in the final rehearsal...
The Minnesota Vikings acquired cornerback A.J. Jefferson from the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday for a conditional draft pick in 2013.
In bringing in the 24-year-old Jefferson, the Vikings continued their approach of adding youthful depth to a rebuilding roster. Cornerback was an area of concern for the coaching staff with Antoine Winfield entering his 14th season and missed the...
As if we needed another parody of Carly Rae Jepson's "Call Me, Maybe," here comes another video version of the pop tune titled "Draft Me, Maybe." This version of Canada's most annoying musical export since that Celine Dion "Titanic" song centers on what is hopefully the last area of sports that can be parodied — the NFL Fantasy Draft and...
THAT WAS AWFUL: If we're being honest, I don't know if I've sat through a worse game than the Vikings game last night, which they LOST anyway, 24-28. Really. And the worst part was that I DID actually sit through and watch most of it. The whole first half. Parts of the third, and really most of the fourth. During the last preseason game of the year. Without a single alcoholic...