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ST. PAUL — The Wild on Friday, Oct. 13, placed forward Charlie Coyle on long-term injured reserve after he underwent surgery to repair a broken leg, the team announced. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks. In addition, Nino Niederreiter will miss at least three weeks due to a high ankle sprain, and Marcus Foligno has been scheduled for a medical procedure because of a left facial fracture suffered during a fight in Thursday night's 5-2 victory at Chicago. He is expected to miss at least a week, the team said in a release.
CHICAGO — After his final practice before his first game this season, Michael Floyd, the St. Paul native in his first season with the Vikings, said he doesn't anticipate any hiccups Monday night, Oct. 9, when he returns for his first game since being suspended following an extreme DUI conviction.
CHICAGO — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford remained only a limited participant at the team's final practice Saturday, Oct. 7, before their Monday night, Oct. 9, game, casting doubt over whether he can return to the lineup following a knee injury suffered Sept. 11 that has kept him out of the Vikings' past three games. Head coach Mike Zimmer remained coy when discussing his injured starting quarterback, only saying that Bradford looks, "good" and, "we'll see" whether he can play Monday against the Chicago Bears.
MINNEAPOLIS — With a half-empty bottle of celebratory champagne at her right, Cheryl Reeve, sat at her postgame news conference Wednesday, Oct. 4, and contemplated what her top five players have meant as the Minnesota Lynx won four WNBA championships in seven years. Reeve's trademark ferocity dissipated and she began to cry.
MINNEAPOLIS — On the eve of the Lynx's third straight winner-take-all Game 5 of the WNBA Finals, coach Cheryl Reeve took a hands-off approach. No longer are she and her staff drawing up new plays. Instead, Reeve met with players individually at the team's final practice Tuesday, Oct. 3, before Wednesday's final game, which will crown the league's champion. Reeve told her players that a decisive game against the Los Angeles Sparks at the Lynx's makeshift home of Williams Arena is on their shoulders — not the coaches'.
MINNEAPOLIS — The idea of some sort of competition between the Vikings' two top wide receivers, perhaps pitting them against each other for the most receptions or yards, didn't last long. Rather than compete for touches, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen figured, they'd celebrate each other's successes. "I actually do my best to try to get him open so I wouldn't want a competition with a guy I'm trying to help," Diggs said with a laugh.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford will miss a third straight game Sunday, Oct. 1, because an injury to his twice-operated-on left knee. Coach Mike Zimmer ruled Bradford out for the team's home game against the Detroit Lions (2-1) on Sunday after Bradford missed another practice Thursday. "He's feeling better, he's just not ready to play," Zimmer said. Bradford has been out since injuring the knee on a non-contact play in the season opener Sept. 11.
MINNEAPOLIS — One day did little to ease Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve's disappointment after her team dropped Game 1 of the WNBA Finals to the Los Angeles Sparks. Reeve hated the first eight minutes of Sunday's game, when the Lynx fell behind 28-2. She hated even more what she saw from her players when they arrived for practice Monday, Sept. 25, at Williams Arena. "I'm not happy," Reeve said. "Anybody that can walk into the gym this morning and be lighthearted and laugh, it's concerning to me."
MINNEAPOLIS — A day after Mike Zimmer dismissed questions about the Vikings' injured starting quarterback with terse and vague remarks, the head coach downplayed the severity of Sam Bradford's knee injury, saying he doesn't think Bradford will be out long term. After the Vikings lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-9 on Sunday in the absence of Bradford, Zimmer bristled at questions about the quarterback, saying he could be out as much as six weeks.
MINNEAPOLIS — If Latavius Murray is upset by his limited role with his new team, the $15 million running back isn't showing it. Although Murray appeared destined to replace Adrian Peterson as the Vikings starter when he signed a three-year deal in March, the 27-year-old has just five carries and 12 yards through two games this season. "I think it's still evolving," Murray said. "Whenever I'm in there, I need to make the most of it; continue to keep grasping this offense so I can be an efficient player in this offense."