Mike Zimmer will coach from the sideline, with special sunglasses

With the Vikings’ playoff hopes in doubt as four games remain in a season of constant adversity, the team will be getting its coach back for Week 14 — and things will be mostly normal for him. Via Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Mike Zimmer will coach from the sideline on Sunday in Jacksonville. He’ll…
Via Pro Football Talk
5 hours ago

Minnesota Vikings at Jacksonville Jaguars: 2016 Week 14 NFL Pick

Minnesota Vikings (6-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10) The Vikings have a strong defense, allowing the 6th lowest first down rate in the NFL, but they were dealt a huge blow when they lost Harrison Smith with an ankle injury that could sideline him for the rest of the year. As valuable to Minnesota’s defense as Earl Thomas is to Seattle’s, Smith is one of the top defensive players...
Via The Football Fan Spot
12 hours ago

Vikings PR Marcus Sherels downgraded to OUT in week 14 vs Jaguars

The Minnesota Vikings will be without the services of the punt returner Marcus Sherels for the team’s week 14 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Coming into week 13, not having punt returner and special teams ace Marcus Sherels didn’t seem to be one of the biggest worries for the Minnesota Vikings. However, the team was […] Vikings PR Marcus Sherels downgraded to OUT in...
Via The Viking Age
12 hours ago

3 Week 14 Games Vikings Fans Should Keep an Eye On

The Vikings will look to get back above .500 as they start the final quarter of the 2016 season. A game back in the Wild Card standings, the Vikings (6-6) start their playoff push tomorrow afterno...
13 hours ago

Fake garbage man disgraces Vikings in Christmas commercial

A recent holiday commercial depicted a Minnesota Vikings “fan” doing the unthinkable. As the holiday season is currently alive and well, an assortment of gifts will be getting exchanged among friends, families and co-workers over the next couple of weeks. For the fans of the Minnesota Vikings, all they would like is for their favorite […] Fake garbage man disgraces Vikings...
Via The Viking Age
17 hours ago

Harrison Smith out for Vikings with severe ankle sprain

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith will not play against Jacksonville on Sunday because of a severely sprained ankle.He missed all three days of practice this week and could be out longer after hurting his left ankle during a loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 1. Coach Mike Zimmer said this week Anthony Harris would likely start in place of Smith, who...
Via Associated Press
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Notebook: Zimmer Plans to Coach Sunday in Jacksonville

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said Friday that he will travel to Jacksonville for this Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Zimmer, who missed last Thursday’s game against the...
1 day ago

Harrison Smith, Joe Berger Ruled Out for Vikings-Jaguars Game

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Safety Harrison Smith and Joe Berger have been ruled out for Sunday’s Vikings game against the Jaguars in Jacksonville. Smith, who leads the Vikings with 97 tackles tallied b...
1 day ago

Treadwell's playing time sporadic, but experience valuable

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has been a nonfactor in his rookie season, with one reception for 15 yards. Only recently has he begun to see more significant action, playing 34 of 58 snaps at Detroit on Nov. 24, and 11 of 74 snaps against Dallas on Dec. 1. Though Treadwell wasn't targeted on any of Sam Bradford's 37 passes in that game against the Lions, he emerged...
Via Associated Press
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Injury-ravaged Vikings fighting for playoff lives

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings' season began with an ambulance rushing to team headquarters to save the leg of their starting quarterback.A blockbuster trade followed to get another quarterback in town just ahead of the season opener in hopes of keeping a championship window open only to have the offensive line decimated by injuries, their star running back go down...
Via Associated Press
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Brian Robison on NFL officiating: Something needs to be done

After the Vikings lost on Thursday night in part because of a controversial no-call on a hit to Sam Bradford, Vikings defensive end Brian Robison said, “I’m sick and tired of the reffing in this league.” A week later, Robison has calmed down a bit. But he said this morning on PFT Live that he’s…
Via Pro Football Talk
2 days ago

Adrian Peterson talks playoffs return

The Minnesota Vikings need to make the playoffs if the team is to get running back Adrian Peterson back on the field. Peterson, who only appeared in two games this year, suggested as much in a recent interview. With the season winding down, he has his eyes set on the playoffs. Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press captured his thoughts on the matter: Adrian Peterson on...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Peterson planning to return if Vikings stay in playoff hunt

Adrian Peterson is planning to return at some point during the 2016 season, as long as the Minnesota Vikings remain in contention in the NFC. While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Peterson said he has felt good while running and cutting and is planning to be available sooner rather than later. If the Vikings are eliminated from playoff contention, however, he will not be back...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Zimmer returns to Vikings, should make trip to Jacksonville

After undergoing a fourth eye surgery in recent days, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer on Monday returned to the team and resumed coaching duties, per a report from the Star Tribune. Barring any unforeseen circumstances or setbacks, Zimmer is expected to join the team on its flight to Florida for Sunday’s showdown with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Zimmer was unable to...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings feel officials cost game against Cowboys

The Minnesota Vikings are fighting for their playoff lives and they felt that they didn’t get any help from the officials Thursday night against the Cowboys. Quarterback Sam Bradford was hit on the helmet during a two-point conversion at the end of the game in a 17-15 loss and the non-call seemed to be one of a few that the Vikings feel didn’t go their way. “At the end of the...
Via 60 Max Power O
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekend web roundup: Minnesota Vikings

NFC Playoff Picture: Who Should Vikings Fans Cheer For Today?There are only four games remaining in the 2016 NFL season for your Minnesota Vikings, and with them currently sitting on a 6-6 record, they’re going to need … ESPN: Vikings’ Injury Situation Worst In NFLAs we’ve seen over the course of the 2016 NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings have had to deal with a ton of...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings’ Robison tees off on NFL officiating after missed call

The Minnesota Vikings aren’t thrilled about a crucial no-call late in Thursday’s 17-15 loss versus the Dallas Cowboys, placing blame directly on officials. With 25 seconds on the clock and Minnesota needing a two-point conversion to tie the game, Sam Bradford was hit in the mask by defensive tackle Cedric Thornton. What should have been called a penalty wasn’t and the Vikings...
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Referees miss critical penalty on Vikings' 2-point conversion attempt

The officiating crew in Thursday night’s game between the Vikings and Cowboys missed a penalty that should have been called on Minnesota’s 2-point conversion attempt to tie the game in the fourth quarter. The Vikings were down 17-15 after scoring a touchdown in the final minute and went for two. Sam Bradford’s pass sailed high by a mile for an incompletion, effectively giving...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Sam Bradford returns after leaving game with injury

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford has been the victim of horrendous offensive line play in his first season with the team. With left tackle Matt Kalil lost for the season and other changing parts not working out on this unit, he’s been under consistent pressure throughout the year. It was just a matter of time before Bradford went down with injury. That happened Thursday...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: No guarantee Adrian Peterson will return this season

Adrian Peterson hopes to return to the Minnesota Vikings before the end of the 2016 season. But according to a report, that’s becoming less likely. Here's what Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported on Thursday: “With exactly one month to go in the regular season, the current thinking is that Peterson could lose his race against time. As one source with knowledge of the...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

12/1: Philadelphia 76ers are all wet

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and welcome Yardbarker's Box Score, what we're reading while celebrating the end of the All-Star Game tyranny.Happy birthday to Lee Travino, Larry Walker, Ryan Malone and DeSean Jackson. On this date in 1967, Wilt Chamberlain set a dubious record by missing 22 free throws...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings’ Mike Zimmer will not coach Thursday night

In what has to be considered a must-win game for the Minnesota Vikings Thursday night, they will be without Mike Zimmer. The head coach just recently underwent emergency surgery on a detached retina in his eye. Vikings' HC Mike Zimmer is out for tonight's game vs. Dallas, recovering from emergency eye surgery for a detached retina. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 1...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

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