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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."
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Two weeks ago, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer ruled quarterback Sam Bradford out after he missed two straight practices. Not on Thursday, Oct. 12. After Bradford sat out again to rest a left knee injury, Zimmer declined to speculate on his status for Sunday's game against Green Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium. "We'll see,'' Zimmer said. "I don't know.''
MINNEAPOLIS — Wide receiver Stefon Diggs calls the Vikings' running attack a "two-headed monster." One of the monsters wants to improve his bite. In their first game since rookie starter Dalvin Cook was lost for season with a torn ACL, Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon shared the running load in a 20-17 victory Monday, Oct. 9, at Chicago. Murray started and carried 12 times for 31 yards; McKinnon ran 16 times for 95 yards. Murray wasn't happy with his performance.
MINNEAPOLIS — If the Vikings have any thoughts of starting Sam Bradford on Sunday against Green Bay, Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Theismann said that would be "foolish.'' Bradford sat out practice Wednesday, Oct. 11, to rest his ailing left knee. The quarterback had missed three games before returning for Monday's 20-17 win at Chicago but aggravated the knee and was removed in the final minute of the first half.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook underwent surgery Monday, Oct. 9, to repair a torn left ACL suffered during an Oct. 1 game. The procedure was done by noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. A source had said the surgery went well and there is a "100 percent'' chance he will be recovered by the start of next season. Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman concurred.