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MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is back on the 53-man roster. The Vikings on Saturday, Jan. 13, activated off injured reserve Bradford, who hasn't played since Oct. 9 because of a knee injury, and placed tight end Kyle Carter on waivers.
MINNEAPOLIS — Case Keenum has a chance to be another Kurt Warner. Just ask Warner. "No doubt," he said. During the 1999 season, the undrafted quarterback emerged from obscurity to lead the St. Louis Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — New Orleans players are apparently still chortling about their win over the Vikings in the 2009 NFC championship game. Not long after the Saints defeated Carolina 31-26 to advance to Sunday, Jan. 14's divisional playoff at U.S. Bank Stadium, Vikings radio analyst and former linebacker Ben Leber got several text messages from players who were on the winning side of that 31-28 overtime game eight years ago at the Superdome. "I was getting trash talk from some former Saints players," Leber said Monday. "I'm getting pumped up for this game."
GREEN BAY, Wis. — It was 10 degrees at kickoff, but the Vikings persevered Saturday night, Dec. 23, in what they hope was their last outdoor game of the season. The Vikings registered their first shutout in 23 years with a 16-0 win over punchless Green Bay at Lambeau Field. Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer has said he wants to play all playoff games at home, and that could include Super Bowl LII Feb. 4 indoors at U.S. Bank Stadium.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings had four players selected for the Pro Bowl, but they were expecting more. Named Tuesday night to the NFL's Jan. 28 all-star game in Orlando, Fla., were defensive end Everson Griffen, linebacker Anthony Barr, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and wide receiver Adam Thielen. "There definitely should've been more, in my opinion," Thielen said Wednesday, Dec. 20.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Los Angeles Rams had been rolling up gaudy point totals. The Vikings put a stop to that. The Vikings shut down the Rams for much of game, and won 24-7 in Sunday’s showdown at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings and Ravens meet only once every four years, but it usually doesn't lack for excitement. In Baltimore's most recent game in Minnesota, in 2009, the Ravens missed a last-second field goal and lost 33-31. In the last meeting in Baltimore in 2013, the teams scored five touchdowns in the final 2 minutes, 5 seconds of a 29-26 Ravens victory.
MINNEAPOLIS — After further review, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy has taken exception to Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr's hit on Aaron Rodgers that perhaps has ended the Packers quarterback's season. Barr drove the Packers quarterback to the turf after he threw what was an incompletion in the first quarter of the Vikings' 23-10 victory over the Packers on Sunday, Oct. 15, breaking Rodgers' collarbone. McCarthy said after the game he had not seen the play live or on replay, but he got a good look at it before talking to reporters Monday.
CHICAGO — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford apparently will return to the lineup Monday night against Chicago after missing three games with a knee injury. ESPN reported that Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer told the network’s Monday Night Football crew in a production meeting Sunday, Oct. 8, he “anticipates” Bradford will start in the nationally televised game at Soldier Field. Bradford hurt his left knee Sept. 11 on Monday Night Football against New Orleans, but didn’t come out of the game. He was replaced the past three games by backup Case Keenum, and the Vikings went 1-2.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings were braced for bad news and got it Monday, Oct. 1. Rookie running back Dalvin Cook is out for the season because of a torn ligament in his left knee. Cook was hurt when he wrenched the knee while making a cut in the third quarter of Sunday's 14-7 loss to Detroit at U.S. Bank Stadium. A magnetic resonance imaging exam Monday confirmed that he has a torn anterior cruciate ligament.