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MINNEAPOLIS—So much for Vikings coach Mike Zimmer playing his starters on Thursday night. Zimmer threatened to use some starters in the Vikings' final preseason game against Miami at U.S. Bank Stadium after his team's lackluster first-half showing last Sunday against San Francisco. But the Vikings ended up sitting them.
MINNEAPOLIS — It had been a while since Will Sutton recorded a sack, but he didn't forget how to dance. After the Vikings defensive tackle got to San Francisco quarterback C.J. Beathard in last Sunday's preseason game, he did a lengthy jig around midfield. "That was great to finally get one," Sutton said.
MINNEAPOLIS — Starters usually don't play in the final preseason game, but that might not matter to Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. Still steaming from a lackluster first half Sunday, Aug. 27 against San Francisco, Zimmer didn't rule out playing some starters Thursday against Miami at U.S. Bank Stadium. "I've made up my mind, but I haven't told the team yet or anything like that," Zimmer said Tuesday. "I haven't told the coaches yet, either. After the other night, I feel like they should play, but we'll see."
MINNEAPOLIS—Laquon Treadwell pulled a disappearing act last season. On Sunday, Aug. 27, there were sightings. The Vikings' second-year wide receiver had three catches for 36 yards while playing only the first half of a 32-31 preseason victory over the San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS—Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had hoped to "feel better" about his offense after Sunday's third preseason game. Instead, he might have felt worse. Minnesota's first-team offense was ragged, again, in a 32-31 win over San Francisco at U.S. Bank Stadium, failing to score a point in six first-half possessions. If starters don't play in Thursday's exhibition finale against Miami, as is usually the case, the Vikings' starters will have scored only three points in 12 preseason possessions.
MINNEAPOLIS — Taylor Heinicke didn't get on the field until the waning moments of the Vikings' exhibition Sunday night at U.S. Bank Stadium. When the final gun sounded, he was the hero. Heinicke's dive into the end zone for a two-point conversion on the final play to give Minnesota a dramatic, 32-31 victory over San Francisco at U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug. 27. In a stadium mostly emptied of fans in a game that didn't count, Heinicke was mobbed by teammates as if he had just won the Super Bowl.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — If rookie Pat Elflein is not the starting center in Sunday night's preseason game, NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth might express surprise. With Elflein and Nick Easton batting for the job, whichever player gets the call against San Francisco at U.S. Bank Stadium figures to be the starter for the Sept. 11 regular-season opener against New Orleans. "I think he's going to (be the starter this season), in my opinion,'' Collinsworth said of Elflein while watching practice Friday. "You draft somebody that high, he's playing well, you probably play him.''
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Vikings receiver Adam Thielen played last month in a nationally televised celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe. He stopped during his round for a live interview with NBC. Through it all, the 27-year-old former Minnesota State Mankato athlete from Detroit Lakes insists life is no different for him. "No," he said. "I'm just trying to keep it the same."
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Latavius Murray looks ready to finally make his Vikings debut. Coach Mike Zimmer said Thursday the running back, who missed the first two preseason games while working his way back from ankle surgery in March, likely will play in the Sunday night, Aug. 27, exhibition against San Francisco at U.S. Bank Stadium. "We'll just get him in and get him a taste and see how it goes,'' Zimmer said.
MINNEAPOLIS — It's uncertain if Vikings defensive end Brian Robison will suit up again in the preseason, but he wants to play. Robison suffered a leg injury in practice last Sunday, Aug. 20, and doesn't know if he'll be available for Sunday night's third exhibition against San Francisco at U.S. Bank Stadium. Regardless, it seems unlikely he would play in the fourth and final preseason game.