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EAGAN, Minn. — When defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson signed with Vikings as a free agent last March, he was asked about facing the New York Jets in 2018. "They've got to come see me," he said. The time has arrived for Richardson to run into the team he played for from 2013-16. The Vikings face the Jets on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Met Life Stadium.
EAGAN, Minn.—In three different games this season, Laquon Treadwell has caught four passes, which is his career high. When is he going to get to five? "When Adam (Thielen) stops catching the ball, I guess," the Vikings wide receiver said Monday with a laugh. There's no sign of that happening anytime soon. Thielen leads the NFL in receptions (58) and receiving yards (712). He is just the second player in league history to have 100 yards receiving in each of the first six games of a season.
EAGAN, Minn. — Vikings rookie cornerback Mike Hughes was making great strides, but now his season is over. Coach Mike Zimmer said Monday, Oct. 15, that an MRI revealed Hughes suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Sunday's 27-17 win over Arizona at U.S. Bank Stadium, and will be placed on injured reserve. A source had said after the game the Vikings feared the injury to Hughes' left knee was a torn ACL.
MINNEAPOLIS—Another game, another 100 yards for Adam Thielen. The Vikings receiver caught 11 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown in the 27-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Oct. 14, at U.S. Bank Stadium. He is the second player in NFL history with 100 or more yards receiving in each of the first six games of a season. Charley Hennigan of Houston did it in the first seven games in 1961 when the Oilers were in the American Football League; AFL records were absorbed by the NFL after the 1970 merger.
MINNEAPOLIS — In January 2010, Kurt Warner was on an airplane with Larry Fitzgerald when the veteran quarterback informed his top receiver he would be retiring from the NFL. Warner and Fitzgerald played together for five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals and helped lead the franchise to its only Super Bowl, a last-minute loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII in February 2009.
ST. PAUL — The Vikings will be down two starters for Sunday's game against Arizona at U.S. Bank Stadium. Left tackle Riley Reiff (ankle) and safety Andrew Sendejo (groin) were ruled out Friday. Both were hurt in last Sunday's 23-21 win at Philadelphia and didn't practice all week. Also ruled out were defensive ends Everson Griffen and Tashawn Bower. Griffen, away from the team for mental-health reasons, will miss his fourth straight game and Bower (ankle) his second in a row.
ST. PAUL — Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on Thursday called an ESPN report "false" that defensive end Everson Griffen won't return to the team "anytime soon,'' but declined to speculate on when he might be back. Griffen, who is dealing with a mental-health issue, will miss his fourth straight game Sunday against Arizona at U.S. Bank Stadium. ESPN reported last Sunday that a league source said Griffen is not expected to return "anytime soon." "I saw the report and I think it was false,'' Zimmer said.
EAGAN, Minn. — After missing his first game in nearly two years, Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes vowed Wednesday, Oct. 10, to return for Sunday's game against Arizona at U.S. Bank Stadium. Waynes sat out last week's game at Philadelphia after suffering a concussion Sept. 27 at the Los Angeles Rams. It was the first game he missed since Dec. 18, 2016 against Indianapolis. "I feel good, ready to go," said Waynes, a full participant in Wednesday's practice. "I'm coming back this week, so it's all good."
PHILADELPHIA — Before the Vikings departed for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, they knew they would be without two key starters, defensive end Everson Griffen and cornerback Trae Waynes. Then came the news before kickoff that starting running back Dalvin Cook also would be out. No problem. The Vikings beat the Eagles 23-21 at Lincoln Financial Field, avenging a 38-7 loss in last January's NFC Championship Game.
PHILADELPHIA — For much of this season, the Vikings' vaunted defense had been pushed around. Not on Sunday. The Vikings got a key 64-yard fumble return for a touchdown from nose tackle Linval Joseph and mostly slowed down the Philadelphia Eagles' offense in a 23-21 victory at Lincoln Financial Field. The win avenged a 38-7 loss at Philadelphia in January's NFC Championship Game. The Vikings were ranked first in the NFL both scoring defense and total defense all of last season before falling apart in that game.