Chris Tomasson / St. Paul Pioneer Press
EAGAN, Minn. -- Vikings coach Mike Zimmer didn’t cancel the final practice of spring drills as he did two years ago. But he at least was pleased enough to shorten Thursday’s final workout by a half hour. Following the third minicamp practice at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan, players attended a barbecue and mingled with notable Vikings alumni, including coach Jerry Burns and players Chuck Foreman, Stu Voigt, Dave Osborn and Gene Washington.
EGAN, Minn. — Mike Hughes returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown last year with Central Florida. During practice with the Vikings on Thursday, June 14, he had one even longer. Taken by the Vikings with the No. 30 pick in April’s draft, Hughes caught a ball that bounced off tight end Josiah Price and rambled down the field to the end zone on the final day of minicamp.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins is close to signing with the Vikings. ESPN reported Tuesday that the free agent will sign a fully guaranteed, three-year deal with Minnesota on Thursday. NFL Media reported he has been been offered a three-year, $86 million contract he is expected to sign. The move comes after Case Keenum, last year’s starter at quarterback, reached a deal to sign with Denver; he will do that Wednesday, the first official day of free agency. The Vikings have been targeting Cousins for weeks and did not make much of an effort to retain Keenum.
The Vikings will hire Philadelphia quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator, a source said Thursday night. Vikings officials interviewed DeFilippo on Thursday in Philadelphia following the Eagles’ parade for having won Super Bowl LII last Sunday over New England 41-33 at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Eagles allowed DeFilippo to interview even though they could have prevented the Vikings from doing so until his contract expires next Wednesday.
GREEN BAY, Wis. —Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, assuring he won’t face the Vikings on Saturday night at Lambeau Field. Rodgers missed seven games after suffering a broken collarbone in an Oct. 15 game at Minnesota on a hit by linebacker Anthony Barr. He returned Sunday and played in Green Bay’s 31-24 loss at Carolina, but the Packers decided to shut him down for the season after they were eliminated from the playoff race Monday night.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Mike Zimmer's message seems to finally have gotten through to Laquon Treadwell. The Vikings coach has told the second-year receiver he can't work out so hard all the time because recovery is important in the NFL. Zimmer said that about four weeks ago, it sunk in. "He's doing good," Zimmer said Thursday. "I think he's understanding now about the length of the season and things you've got to do to take care of your body."
The Vikings on Wednesday placed quarterback Sam Bradford on injured reserve to make room on the roster for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bradford, who has missed six of the past seven games with a left knee injury, had arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday. Bridgewater, who hasn’t played since suffering a torn ACL in August 2016, was elevated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on the last day the Vikings could do so.
Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford, who missed last Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh with a knee injury, did not practice Friday and reportedly will miss his second straight game. ESPN reported that Bradford, who was hurt in the Sept. 11 opener against New Orleans, is not expected to play Sunday against Tampa Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium. ESPN reported that Bradford on Friday was to visit James Andrews, a renowned orthopedic surgeon who previously has operated on his left knee, to get a second opinion on pain in the knee. Andrews’ office is in Gulf Breeze, Fla.
PITTSBURGH—The Pittsburgh Steelers are getting the breaks when it comes to opposing quarterbacks this season. A week after beating a rookie quarterback in the opener, the Steelers harassed Minnesota Vikings reserve quarterback Case Keenum in a 26-9 Pittsburgh win at Heinz Field on Saturday, Sept. 17. Keenum got the call over Sam Bradford, who developed swelling in his knee late in the week and was ruled out after a brief pre-game workout.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—When talking about how hard they would go after offensive linemen in free agency, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said last week they didn't want to "rob Peter to pay Paul.'' Regardless of how it happened, Minnesota sure paid Riley and Mike. The Vikings on Friday signed free-agent right tackle Mike Remmers and officially signed left tackle Riley Reiff after he had reached a deal with them Thursday. They doled out more than $88 million for the two.