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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings' running game last season flirted with history in a very unflattering way. Minnesota needed a decent showing in the finale against hapless Chicago to avoid becoming the first NFL team in 22 years to average less than 3 yards per carry. The Vikings still ended up last in the NFL in rushing yards per game (75.3) and per carry (3.17).
MINNEAPOLIS — After a week in which Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy, Packers players and others took shots at Anthony Barr, he finally had his say. The Vikings linebacker, whose first-quarter hit last Sunday broke star quarterback Aaron Rodgers' collarbone, was himself knocked out of that game with a second-quarter concussion. Because he was in the NFL's concussion protocol, he wasn't allowed to talk to the media until Friday, Oct. 20.
MINNEAPOLIS — Teddy Bridgewater has gone from not knowing if he ever would play again to vowing he will take the field for a game this season. After being out 14 months with a severe knee injury, the Vikings quarterback returned to practice on Wednesday, and on Thursday, Oc.t 20, spoke to the media.
MINNEAPOLIS — If the Vikings were to waive quarterback Kyle Sloter to create room on the roster for Teddy Bridgewater, the rookie is confident he would find a job. Bridgewater returned to practice Wednesday, Oct. 18, for the first time since suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in August 2016. With the quarterback on the physically unable to perform list, Minnesota has three weeks to decide whether to restore him to the 53-man roster or place him on injured reserve for the rest of the season.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater returned to practice Wednesday, Oct. 18, after a 14-month absence, and head coach Mike Zimmer sought to temper expectations. But that wasn't the case with Minnesota players. Several lauded how Bridgewater performed, including tight end Kyle Rudolph comparing him to hall of fame quarterback Joe Montana.
MINNEAPOLIS — When the NFL relaxed its rules on touchdown celebrations last spring, Jerick McKinnon vowed to "come up with something." It seemed a bit presumptuous at the time. In his first three seasons, the Vikings running back had scored just seven touchdowns. But since rookie running back Dalvin Cook was lost for the season to a knee injury, McKinnon has had plenty to celebrate.
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.
MINNEAPOLIS—Everson Griffen was shut out until late in the fourth quarter, but the streak remains alive. With 5:37 left in the Vikings' 23-10 win Sunday, Oct. 15, over Green Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium, the defensive end burst through to sack Brett Hundley for a 6-yard loss. It marked the first time in his career Griffen has had a sack in six straight games.
MINNEAPOLIS — Sam Bradford hardly will be alone watching Sunday's game from the sideline. As expected, the Vikings quarterback was ruled out Friday for the game against Green Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium after having not practiced all week because of a left knee injury. Two other offensive starters were listed as out in wide receiver Stefon Diggs (groin) and left guard Nick Easton (calf), who also were unable to practice all week.
MINNEAPOLIS — Former Vikings safety Paul Krause, a hall of famer, long has believed his number should be retired. But since he last suited up in 1979, 11 different Vikings players have been issued his old jersey No. 22. At least Krause feels better about the guy wearing it now, Harrison Smith, a fellow Pro Bowl safety. "I own the all-time interception record, and I think (my number) should be retired, but that's not Smith's fault," Krause said. "He's a very, very good safety."