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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.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Defenses supposedly are going to pay closer attention to Adam Thielen after his breakout 2016 season. If the New Orleans Saints did Monday night, it didn't work. The Vikings wide receiver caught nine passes for 157 yards in a 29-19 win over the Saints in the opener at U.S. Bank Stadium. For Thielen, it was the second-best showing of his career in both categories.
MINNEAPOLIS—The theme of the Vikings' roster is youth. The 53-man unit was set Saturday, and 11 rookies made it, including three who were undrafted. In the surprise move of the day, the Vikings released an eight-year veteran in Alex Boone, 30, who had been their starting left guard. Boone was let go after declining to take a pay cut. Of Boone's $6.6 million salary for 2007, $3.4 million of it is guaranteed, and will count against the Vikings' salary cap. He also already has earned a $100,000 workout bonus.
MANKATO — Once again, the Vikings have a player in training camp hampered by a cut foot suffered in a freak accident. Last year, it was quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who tried to pry open a door when locked out of his home shortly before reporting to camp. He suffered a cut tendon and didn't return to practice until Oct. 19.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings coach Mike Zimmer received good news from his eye doctor this week. Zimmer, who has had eight surgeries on his right eye since last November, said he was told Wednesday, June 14 his "retina is perfect" and "pressure is great." Zimmer missed two weeks of practice after his most recent surgery, on May 17, but said he doesn't expect his eye condition to prevent him from working the rest of the summer. Zimmer, though, did say he was informed by his eye doctor it's possible he could have a future issue with his left eye.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—General manager Rick Spielman says it's unlikely the Vikings will trade into the first round when the NFL draft gets underway Thursday. And why should they? Spielman has handled Minnesota drafts since 2007, and his record in the first round has been uneven. In later rounds, he and his staff have found their fair share of players who turned out much better than many of the higher-priced guys taken on the first day.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—The Vikings are unlikely to pick up quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year option for 2018, ESPN reported Wednesday, April 26. The Vikings have until Tuesday to make a decision on the option on Bridgewater, who suffered a serious knee injury last August and his 2017 season is in jeopardy. Joel Corry of CBS Sports reported Bridgewater's option would be worth $12.198 million, and it would be guaranteed only for injury. "The injury guarantee makes it tough to do,'' a source told ESPN.