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The Vikings on Monday planned to waive rookie kicker Daniel Carlson and sign veteran Dan Bailey, sources said. Carlson, a fifth-round pick last April, missed three field goals in Sunday’s 29-29 tie at Green Bay. A source said the Vikings also plan to sign wide receiver Aldrick Robinson. Bailey is the second-most accurate kicker in NFL in NFL history at 88.2 percent, behind only Justin Tucker at 90.3 percent. Bailey kicked for Dallas from 2011-17 before he was released Sept. 1 in a surprise move.
ST. PAUL — In the event anyone thought Mike Zimmer had criticized Aaron Rodgers, he wanted to set the record straight Thursday, Sept. 13. The Vikings coach on Wednesday said about Rodgers, "He walks on water, so I'm sure he's going to play.'' The Green Bay quarterback suffered a sprained left knee in the first half last Sunday against Chicago and was taken off on a cart. But he returned for the second half and led the Packers back from a 20-0 deficit to win 24-23.
EAGAN, Minn. — Bryan Witzmann didn't expect to be cut by the Kansas City Chiefs, but at least he gets to come home. The St. Paul native started 13 games at guard last season for the Chiefs before being released on Sept. 3. He signed with the Vikings on Monday, Sept. 10. "I was definitely surprised, but I know how this industry works and sometimes they think they can get by with younger, cheaper guys," he said Wednesday. "Obviously, it sucks to get cut, but I'm happy to be home."
EAGAN, Minn. — Eleven months after his tackle broke Aaron Rodgers' collarbone, Anthony Barr is scheduled to face the Green Bay quarterback again this weekend. Barr isn't reading much into that. "It's another football game," the Vikings linebacker said of Sunday's game at Lambeau Field. On Oct. 15, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium, Barr hit Rodgers after he had rolled to his right and thrown what would be an incompletion. No penalty was called and Barr wasn't fined, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy called it "an illegal act."
ST. PAUL — So was it a Willis Reed moment when Aaron Rodgers returned from a knee injury to lead Green Bay to a dramatic comeback win Sunday night over the Chicago Bears? Ask Willis Reed. "Well, I wouldn't say that, but, I mean, it's a great moment," Reed said Tuesday, Sept. 11, in a telephone interview. Reed has great respect for Rodgers and calls him one of the best NFL quarterbacks ever. But he reminded that his big return-from-injury moment with the New York Knicks in 1970 happened in Game 7 of the NBA Finals rather than the opening game of a season.
EAGAN, Minn. — Aaron Rodgers has no doubts about playing against the Vikings this week. His coach isn't as optimistic. After the quarterback returned from a left knee injury Sunday night, Sept. 9, and brought Green Bay back from a 20-0 deficit in the second half to defeat Chicago 24-23 at Lambeau Field, Rodgers told NBC, "I'm playing next week." Packers coach Mike McCarthy tapped the breaks Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS — So much for momentum carrying over on offense for the Vikings. A week after an impressive showing on offense in the preseason opener, Minnesota's first team came out flat Saturday. The defense was generally good, but the Vikings fell 14-10 to Jacksonville at U.S.Bank Stadium in the second exhibition.
DENVER—Kirk Cousins wasn't perfect, but he was close. The NFL considers a perfect passer rating to be 158.3. Cousins' mark was 150.0 in his only series as the Vikings defeated Denver 42-28 in the preseason opener Saturday night, Aug. 11, at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. In his much-anticipated debut at quarterback, Cousins completed all four of his attempts for 42 yards and a touchdown. He threw a nifty 28-yard pass to Stefon Diggs down the right sideline and soon followed it with a 1-yard TD pass to Diggs for a 7-0 lead.
EAGAN, Minn.—The Vikings have no starting spots on offense or defense really up for grabs, so most of the drama during the preseason will involve special teams and competition for backup roles. The team on Tuesday released its first unofficial depth chart in advance of Saturday's preseason opener at Denver.
EAGAN, Minn. -- Stefon Diggs has become the latest NFL receiver to cash in big. A source said the Vikings’ stalwart agreed Tuesday, July 31, to a five-year, $72 million contract extension. The deal could be worth as much as $81 million with incentives and he gets $40 million guaranteed.