Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 10/23/14 4:14pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) participated in the team stretch before practice Thursday, Oct. 23. Rudolph did some running off to the side with a trainer.
Huddle Up: A player to stash or a name to keep in mind if you're hurting at TE as Rudolph should be back in a few weeks.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 10/13/14 10:35am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) said Sunday, Oct. 12, that he still wasn't completely healthy during the Week 6 game against the Detroit Lions. He was taken out at several different points Sunday when his injury was bothering him. He caught just two passes for 15 yards, and he had his first backfield carry since Week 1 which went for a loss of two yards. 'I don't feel like I'm 100 percent. I should be next week,' Patterson said. 'Just keep getting treatment, just keep grinding in treatment and do what it takes.'
Huddle Up: There was plenty wrong with the Vikings' offense on Sunday, the least of which might have been Patterson's hip. At this point he's been a complete fantasy bust based on where he was likely drafted; you could view it as a buy-low opportunity if you think the Vikings will figure out how to get him the ball.
Matt Asiata - RBPosted 10/13/14 10:42am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon played 58 offensive snaps in Week 6, while RB Matt Asiata played in just 15. McKinnon had 11 rushes for 40 yards and a team-high six catches for 42 yards.
Huddle Up: Not much of anything was working for the Vikings' offense, but it's interesting that McKinnon grabbed such a large share of the workload. Not that Asiata is anything special, but the expectation for McKinnon was that there would be a learning curve as he transitioned from option quarterback in college to NFL running back. Going forward expect Asiata to still have a role in the Vikings' offense, but it very well could be the junior role in Minnesota's backfield job share.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 10/10/14 6:39pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 10, and is probable for the team's Week 6 game.
Huddle Up: Patterson should be fine health-wise, but the question remains his usage as he's had only 13 total touches (12 receptions, 1 rushing attempt) since Week 1.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 10/9/14 4:42pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be arrested again for admitting to smoking some marijuana while on bond, according to sources. Montgomery County prosecutors have filed documents to have Peterson arrested again.
Huddle Up: Peterson continues to make inane choices, and it's just another reminder not to expect him back on the field anytime this season.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 10/8/14 1:55pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's trial for reckless or negligent injury to a child is tentatively scheduled to start Dec. 1, according to his attorney.
Huddle Up: Peterson has been on the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list since Sept. 17, and is barred from all team activities until his case is resolved so unless he secures an earlier trial, his 2014 season is likely done.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 10/8/14 3:25pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) won't have any concerns with his sprained left ankle in Week 6 against the Detroit Lions. He said Wednesday, Oct. 8, that he's '100 percent' after missing the Week 5 game last Thursday. Bridgewater also said he won't wear anything to protect his ankle against the Lions in his second career start. 'The training staff here has done a great job of just helping me get that strength back in my ankle,' Bridgewater said. 'On Sunday, I'll just be able to play at full speed.'
Huddle Up: The rookie will make his second career start Sunday against the Lions, and that should be good news for the rest of the Vikings' supporting offensive cast which struggled right along with Christian Ponder in last Thursday's loss to the Packers.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 10/7/14 3:04pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is returning to practice Tuesday, Oct. 7, after missing the team's Week 5 game last Thursday, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Pencil Bridgewater in at QB this Sunday vs. the visiting Lions and scratch Christian Ponder -- a move that should be good for the Vikings' surrounding offensive fantasy cast all-around.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 10/7/14 3:04pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to plead not guilty to child-abuse charges for allegedly disciplining his son when he appears in court Wednesday, Oct. 8. A trial date could be set, but it is not certain if that will happen.
Huddle Up: There's certainly a new player-conduct climate in NFL 2014, and don't count on Peterson being reinstated until his case is settled. When that happens is anyone's guess, so keep him well off your fantasy radar until further notice.
Christian Ponder - QBPosted 10/3/14 12:34am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder was 22-of-44 for 222 yards and 2 interceptions Thursday, Oct. 2 in a 42-10 road loss to the Green Bay Packers. He was sacked 6 times, but had 3 carries for 15 yards and the Vikings' only TD of the night.
Huddle Up: Ponder, already the third QB to start for the Vikings this season, was not good and served up a reminder why the team has moved on at the QB position. To be fair, Ponder also received little protection or help from his offensive skill-position teammates, but definitely look for the Vikings to do everything they can over the next 11 days to get starter Teddy Bridgewater and his sprained ankle rehabbed and ready to return for the Week 6 game against the Lions.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 10/3/14 10:55am ET
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) said he wouldn't have left the game Thursday, Oct. 2, if it were a close game. He said he'll be fine for Week 6. He also said he wanted to be more involved in the offense after being targeted just four times in Week 5.
Huddle Up: Getting the ball to Patterson has been an issue for the Vikings, but the return of Teddy Bridgewater under center should help get CP back on track.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 10/3/14 10:55am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) should be ready to start in Week 6, head coach Mike Zimmer said Thursday, Oct. 2.
Huddle Up: Vikings fans, as well as anyone forced to watch Thursday night football, say thank you.
Matt Asiata - RBPosted 10/3/14 1:05pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata played 44 offensive snaps Thursday, Oct. 2, or 56 percent of the offense, while RB Jerick McKinnon played 30 snaps, or 38 percent of the offense.
Huddle Up: Asista finished with 15 carries for 72 yards and McKinnon carried 7 times for 24 yards and added 22 receiving yards on 3 catches, but neither scored on a deeply disappointing night for the Minnesota RBs given that the Packers had entered the game as one of the league's most generous teams in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing RBs. Perhaps, though, it was simply a matter of QB Christian Ponder's poor play dragging down the entire offense, and better days should lie ahead for Asiata and McKinnon.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 10/2/14 1:58pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) wants to play in Week 5 but will be a game-time decision. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Bridgewater is unlikely to play, and the signs are pointing to QB Christian Ponder starting against the Green Bay Packers. The Vikings want to make sure they are limiting the danger for Bridgewater.
Huddle Up: Given the short week, Bridgewater's mobility would be limited even if does play, and that certainly wouldn't be in the best fantasy interests of the rookie QB's owners. There remains a glimmer of hope if you really need him, but expect Ponder to start tonight.
Christian Ponder - QBPosted 10/2/14 8:02pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder will start in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Oct. 2, with QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) inactive for the game.
Huddle Up: Ponder, replaced the injured Bridgewater in the fourth quarter last week, will make his first start since Week 13 of last season when he averaged 183.1 passing yards per game while throwing 7 TD passes and 9 interceptions. Look for the Vikings to ride the Matt Asiata-Jerick McKinnon RB 1-2 punch tonight given the rainy Green Bay weather and the need to keep Aaron Rodgers on the sideline.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 10/2/14 11:59pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) returned to the team's Week 5 game in the third quarter after leaving with a hip injury.
Huddle Up: Yeah, Patterson got back in the game, but it proved to be little consolation for his fantasy owners as the WR was targeted only 4 times -- fifth on the team -- caught 2 passes for 8 yards and did not get a rushing attempt. Stunning and baffling, to say the least, especially on a night the Vikes were in desperate need of a play-maker. He now has only 13 touches in his last 4 games.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 10/1/14 3:41pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) could be a game-time decision in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Oct. 2. Head coach Mike Zimmer said the team doesn't want to put him at risk for the rest of the season.
Huddle Up: Going by Zimmer's comment, it certainly doesn't sound promising for Bridgewater and his fantasy owners, who are going to have be on top of the situation during tomorrow's pre-game to see if the rookie or Christian Ponder gets the starting call at Lambeau.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 10/1/14 4:10pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1, and is probable for Week 5.
Huddle Up: The rookie has been a hot waiver-wire commodity since his 19-touch, 152-total-yard outburst last Sunday and now has a n extremely favorable Week 5 matchup against the Pack who are allowing the fourth most fantasy points to opposing RBs. Definitely don't hesitate to start him.
Matt Asiata - RBPosted 9/30/14 4:42pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon ran for 135 yards on 18 carries in the team's Week 4 win over the Atlanta Falcons, but head coach Mike Zimmer is hesitant to call him an every-down back, with RB Matt Asiata also in the mix. Zimmer prefers a committee approach at running back, because it poses more problems for defenses. Asiata is more of a between-the-tackles runner, while McKinnon presents a change of pace with his speed and quickness on the edges. McKinnon also isn't very polished in pass protection.
Huddle Up: Asiata had 23 touches to McKinnon's 19 last week, and it's reasonable to expect roughly the same ratio going forward here with the 2 backs. Asiata, though, deserves the fantasy edge, as the short-yardage back who's displayed a nose for the end zone (4 total TDs) so far.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 9/30/14 7:23pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) was limited in practice again Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Huddle Up: McKinnon only totaled nine touches for 21 yards in the Vikes' first 3 games but broke out big time with a 19-touch, 152-yard effort Sunday. He's in a timeshare with Matt Asiata, but it's certainly a favorable matchup against the Packers' run D Thursday night. He should be able to play if you need him.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 10/1/14 9:50am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) and head coach Mike Zimmer are 'hopeful' that the quarterback can play in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Oct. 2. Bridgewater sprained his left ankle early in the fourth quarter in Week 4, but Zimmer said an MRI exam came back negative. Bridgewater was feeling much better Monday, Sept. 29. He threw for 317 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in his first start.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater looked good feasting on a terrible Falcons defense. He has another good matchup this week against Green Bay but he's still a QB2 at this point until we saw a larger sample size from him.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 9/29/14 7:21pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) did not participate in practice Monday, Sept. 29. QB Christian Ponder worked with the first-team offense during practice.
Huddle Up: It's short week with the Vikes playing Thursday night, so the rookie will have to get on the field over the next few days to have a decent shot at playing in Green Bay. See what develops.
Jarius Wright - WRPosted 9/29/14 7:21pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright said he created a solid chemistry with QB Teddy Bridgewater during the preseason, which is why he caught eight passes for 132 yards in Week 4. 'Teddy knew where to put the ball to me on a couple throws,' Wright said. 'I kind of knew where to expect the ball. Our reps paid off. A lot of trust.'
Huddle Up: Wright, who entered the contest with only 6 targets and 3 catches for 37 yards, was targeted on a full third of Bridgewater's 30 passes Sunday, but a key immediate question is what happens to the wideout's production if the rookie QB can't play Thursday night?
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 9/29/14 12:42am ET
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) said Sunday, Sept. 28, that his ankle is 'just a sprain' and he expects to play in the Week 5 game Thursday, Oct. 2 against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Sprains are tricky and Bridgewater has a short week to get ready. However, the good news is Bridgewater hasn't suffered a serious injury coming off his impressive NFL debut. If you're looking for QB help, Bridgewater is a waiver wire target this week.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 9/24/14 10:27am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list, Wednesday, Sept. 24, which ends his season.
Huddle Up: It was only a matter of time until Teddy Bridgewater took over, and Cassel's season-ending injury expedited the process.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 9/24/14 4:51pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) could return in time to avoid going on the short-term Reserve/Injured list, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: Good news for the Vikings who haven't had a lot it of this season, but it's of little consolation to a good many of Randolph's fantasy owners who couldn't afford to allocate an extra roster space for the TE, who wasn't producing much even before the injury.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 9/22/14 8:51am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater will take over as the team's starting quarterback in Week 4 after QB Matt Cassel (foot) suffered fractured bones in his foot in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater will get the rest of 2014 to show the Vikings what he can do. If nothing else, Bridgewater's mobility in the pocket should give the struggling Minnesota offense a boost.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/22/14 10:41am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants his representation to accelerate his trial date for child-abuse charges, with the goal of getting it set for 2014, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The broader goal will be to resolve the charges in time for Peterson to return to action for the Vikings this year. He would need to resolve the charges in a way that doesn't expose him to a potential suspension without pay under the personal-conduct policy.
Huddle Up: Plenty of scuttlebutt about Peterson's future, with many opining that he's played his last game as a Viking. There's also word that his legal team wants to force the Vikings' hand by getting Peterson reinstated this season. From a strictly fantasy football perspective, only those banking on Matt Asiata aren't hoping for a quick resolution as to the availability of one of the league's elite backs.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 9/22/14 7:03pm ET
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) will undergo surgery for a sports hernia. He is expected to miss about six weeks.
Huddle Up: Rudolph owners are in a bind with bye weeks coming up. The Vikings will roll with Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray but neither is a viable fantasy option right now. If you lost Rudolph, Niles Paul, Travis Kelce or Dwayne Allen are possible replacement options.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 9/19/14 6:01pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and is questionable for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Rudolph, tied for the team lead in targets (12) and receptions (7), should be able to play, but his fantasy owners are going to need to double check his status Sunday morning to make sure.
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