Vikings Place LB Cole on IR; Ink Veteran LB Jason Trusnik

St. Louis Rams v Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings added some needed experience to their linebacker corps Tuesday by signing nine-year veteran Jason Trusnik, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

To make room on the roster, Minnesota placed linebacker Audie Cole on season-ending injured reserve. Cole suffered a fractured right ankle in Sunday’s 21-18 overtime victory over St. Louis.

Before signing Trusnik, waived just before the start of the season by Carolina, 10-year man Chad Greenway was the only Vikings linebacker with more than two years experience. Others on the roster are second-year men Anthony Barr and Brandon Watts and rookies Eric Kendricks and Edmond Robinson.

Trusnik, 31, has played in 109 career NFL games, including 24 starts, with the New York Jets, Cleveland and Miami and was with Carolina or training camp this summer.

During the 2012-13 seasons, when the 6-foot-4, 241-pound Trusnik was with the Dolphins, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards was his position coach.

Vikings Get to 6-2 After Topping Rams in OT 21-18

The Vikings just keep seeming to find ways to win, as Sunday at home the team overcame the loss of QB Teddy Bridgewater, topping the St.Louis Rams in overtime 21-18 to improve to 6-2 on the year.

The win combined with the loss by the Packers in Carolina means the Vikings sit tied for first halfway through the 2015 campaign.

The overtime win was set up when Marcus Sherels took back a punt 26 yards after Rams punter Johnny Hekker boomed a 63-yard punt.

Adrian Peterson ran the ball well into kicker Blair Walsh’s range to give the Vikings their seventh straight win at home. The kicker hit a 40-yard winner.

Peterson rushed for 125 yards on 29 carries. As for Bridgewater, he left with a concussion early in the fourth quarter after an illegal hit by Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner.

Former Rams backup Shaun Hill took Bridgewater’s spot, and finished 13 for 21 for 144 yards.

The Vikings were able to survive as Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein missed from 48 yards out with 1:45 left in regulation, this after at one point hitting a 61-yard kick early in the game.

He was able to push the game into OT when a pass interference penalty on rookie cornerback Trae Waynes gave them a first down at the Vikings’ 35-yard line.

The kicker hit from 53 yards to send the game to overtime.

The Vikings D stepped up, playing well against Rams QB Nick Foles, holding him to 18-for-33 for 168 yards. Todd Gurley ran for 89 yards and a score for the Rams.

Nine different Vikings caught passes in the win. The Vikings were outgained 320 to 293, but they got the big yards when they needed to in order to get the win.

Next week the Vikings have a tough game, as they will play in Oakland vs the Raiders.

Vikings LB Eric Kendricks Out for Game Sunday vs St.Louis


Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks will miss the game against St. Louis on Sunday because of a rib injury, the Associated Press reports.

The Vikings ruled Kendricks out on Friday. Outside linebacker Anthony Barr is listed as questionable with back injury and defensive tackle Shariff Floyd (knee) will miss another game, leaving the Vikings with a banged-up defense to face Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley.

Barr was able to practice on Friday, making it likely he will be on the field against the Rams.

Audie Cole will get the start in place of Kendricks, who was named NFC defensive rookie of the month in October. The second-round draft pick out of UCLA quickly supplanted Gerald Hodges in the starting lineup, allowing the Vikings to trade Hodges to San Francisco during the bye week.

Vikings at Bears NFL Week 8 Inactives

Vikings inactives: QB Taylor Heinicke, LB Audie Cole, C Nick Easton, DT Sharrif Floyd, OT Jeremiah Sirles, TE Rhett Ellison, DT Justin Trattou

Bears inactives: CB Terrance Mitchell, EB Ka’Deem Carey, LB Shea McClellan, C Hroniss Grasu, OT Jermon Bushrod, DT Bruce Gaston, WR Cameron Meredith

NFL Week Eight Preview – Minnesota at Chicago

Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings

The 4-2 Minnesota Vikings will look to stay in the race in the NFC North on Sunday as they travel to Chicago to take on Jay Cutler and the 2-4 Chicago Bears.

Minnesota has been playing well, they are looking for their third straight win for the first time in three seasons. They topped the Lions last Sunday 28-19, their first road win in the NFC North in nine chances.

The Vikings D seems to be getting better, as in the win over Detroit it was their fifth game limiting opponents to no more than 20 points. Minnesota is tied with Denver at 17.0 points per game allowed.

”This team is very hungry. We work our tails off,” cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. “From Monday to Sunday, we’re always working. We’re always in the lab trying to get better.”

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater also appears to be making strides. In his first three games he only threw for 505 yards and one touchdown, but since he’s thrown for 834 and four scores.

A big reason to Bridgewaters’s success is the play of youngster Stefon Diggs, who has 19 catches for 324 yards. Diggs caught his first touchdown against the Lions while hauling in six of his nine targets for 108 yards.

“I was preparing myself since day one, and I knew I was going to have to sharpen my blade when I wasn’t getting any game time,” Diggs told the team’s official website.

“You’ve still got to work hard, no matter what, and when my time came, I knew I was going to take advantage of my opportunity.”

Look for the Vikings D to try and pressure Cutler, forcing him to make his usual quota of mistakes. When Cutler gets comfortable in the pocket, he’s at his best. The Vikings D line has to make sure to not allow that to happen.

Another weapon the Vikings need to stop is Matt Forte. The Chicago back has had 244 touches in the Bears’ last 11 games against the Vikings and hasn’t scored on any of them, and the Vikings need to keep it that way.

The Vikings are on a roll right now, and can’t look past their NFC North rivals. Look for a hard fought game in the Windy City, but for the Vikings to make one more play to secure their 5th win of the year.

Minnesota 26 Chicago 23

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Minnesota– Teddy Bridgewater 179 yards 1 TD, Adrian Peterson 139 yards rushing 2 TD’s, Stefon Diggs 78 yards receiving 1 TD
Chicago – Jay Culter 256 yards 1 TD, Matt Forte 81 yards 1 TD, Alshon Jeffrey 70 yards receiving 1 TD

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Vikings at Bears Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday LB Audie Cole (finger), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee, ankle), RB Adrian Peterson (hip, finger, ankle), DE Justin Trattou (foot), WR Jarius Wright (concussion)
  Wednesday TE Rhett Ellison (concussion), RB Zach Line (neck), WR Adam Thielen (ankle)
  Wednesday DT Tom Johnson (knee)
Practice Report
  Wednesday DT Bruce Gaston (illness), LB Shea McClellin (knee)
  Wednesday T Jermon Bushrod (shoulder), C Hroniss Grasu (neck), G Patrick Omameh (ankle), S Antrel Rolle (ankle), G Matt Slauson (knee, shoulder)

Vikings vs Bears NFL Week Eight Capsule



STREAKS   8 of past 11
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Zimmer: 1-1 John Fox: 4-2
LAST WEEK W 28-19 at Lions Bye (Wk. 6: L 37-34 OT at Lions)
LAST GAME 12/28/14: Bears 9 at Vikings 13. Minnesota WR Adam Thielen records 68 rec. yards & TD. Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater passes for 209 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/16/14: Bears 21, Vikings 13.  Chicago WR Brandon Marshall records 90 rec. yards & 2 TDs. Bears QB Jay Cutler throws for 330 yards & 3 TDs.
REFEREE John Hussey
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Holly Sonders (field reporter). SIRIUS: 136 (Min.), 83 (Chi.). XM: 225 (Chi.).


PASSING Bridgewater: 119-181-1339-5-4-87.7 Cutler: 106-174-1231-7-4-86.2
RUSHING Peterson: 120-530-4.4-3 Forté: 126-507-4.0-2
RECEIVING Wallace: 26-292-11.2-1 Bennett (TE): 34-292-8.6-2
OFFENSE 325.5 337.7
DEFENSE 338.8 344.8
SACKS Griffen: 4.5 McPhee: 4
INTs 4 tied: 1 Anderson (R), McPhee: 1
PUNTING Locke: 42.6 O’Donnell: 46.9
KICKING Walsh: 52 (10/12 PAT; 14/16 FG) Gould: 52 (7/8 PAT; 15/15 FG)


VIKINGS: QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER won last start vs. Chi. & had 90.3 rating. Has won past 3 division starts & has 109.9 rating…RB ADRIAN PETERSON aims for 5th meeting in row with 100+ rush yards. Has 573 rush yards (143.3 per game) & 2 TDs in past 4 vs. Chi. In last meeting, rushed for 211 yards. Has 5 career 200-yard rush games, tied for 2nd most in NFL history. Since entering NFL in 2007, leads NFL with 10,720 rush yards & 89 rush TDs…Rookie WR STEFON DIGGS aims for 3rd 100-yard game in row. Had 6 catches for 108 yards & 1st career TD last week. Since 2009, WR MIKE WALLACE is 1 of 2 in NFL with 6,000+ rec. yards (6,126), 45+ rec. TDs (48) & 15+ rec. avg. (15.3). TE KYLE RUDOLPH aims for 3rd in row with TD…LB ERIC KENDRICKS has 4 sacks in past 3 & ties for NFL rookie lead with 4 sacks. S HARRISON SMITH has INT in 3 of past 4 meetings, incl. 56-yard INT-TD. Aims for 3rd in row at Chi. with INT. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 14.5 sacks in his past 17…BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER is 7-0 at home vs. Min (6-0 with Chi) & has 100 rating. Has 136 TD passes with Chi & needs 2 to pass HOFer SID LUCKMAN (137) for most in team history…In past 2 at home vs. Min, RB MATT FORTÉ has 336 scrimmage yards (168 per game), 205 rush yards (102.5 per game) & 16 catches for 131 yards. Ranks 2nd among NFL RBs with 698 scrimmage yards. Rookie RB JEREMY LANGFORD had TD in Week 6…WR ALSHON JEFFERY has 25 catches for 418 yards (139.3 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 vs. Min. Had 12 catches & 249 yards with 2 TDs in 12/1/13 meeting. Had 8 catches for 147 yards & TD in Week 6. Since 2014, TE MARTELLUS BENNETT leads NFL TEs with 124 catches. WR MARQUESS WILSON aims for 4th in row with 30+ yard catch. LB PERNELL MC PHEE has 4 sacks, INT & blocked FG in past 4. Leads team with 4 sacks. DE JARVIS JENKINS has 3.5 sacks in past 4. LB CHRISTIAN JONES leads club with 37 tackles. Had sack in last meeting.

Vikings Place CB Jabari Price on Season-Ending IR

Minnesota Vikings v Buffalo Bills

The Vikings put cornerback Jabari Price on season-ending injured reserve because of a shoulder injury, and signed linebacker Brandon Watts from their practice squad, Chris Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Watts is a second-year player from Georgia Tech, and Price is a second-year player from North Carolina.

Watts played in two games for the Vikings last season. Price played in 14 games for the Vikings last season, but served a two-game NFL suspension in September after a DUI charge in January.

Vikings Center John Sullivan To Likely Miss Rest of Season After Second Surgery

Minnesota Vikings v Buffalo Bills

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer opened his press conference this afternoon by announcing that center John Sullivan is unlikely to return this season after having a second surgery on his back recently, Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

“He had a relapse about 10 days ago in the weight room and he had another procedure done on his back,” Zimmer said. “We don’t know when he’ll back or if he’ll be back [this year].”

Sullivan injured his back during the preseason and had surgery before the start of the regular season. He was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return. He was eligible to return in Week 9.

“It was disappointing,” Zimmer said. “He was doing really, really good and then all of a sudden had a little mishap.”

Asked what the chances are of Sullivan being able to return this season, Zimmer said, “Probably minimal.”

Backup Joe Berger has started the first six games and will continue as the starter as long as he’s healthy.

“I think he’s done good,” Zimmer said. “One of the things that we tried to emphasize this past week with the offensive line was keeping our pad level lower. We improved this week doing that. And consequently we were lower on our play-action passes which helped to get some guys open downfield and get Teddy a little more time.

Vikings vs Lions NFL Week 7 Inactives

Vikings inactives: QB Taylor Heinicke, CB Jabari Price, C Nick Easton, DT Sharrif Floyd, OT Jeremiah Sirles, TE Chase Ford, DT Justin Trattou

Lions inactives: TE Brandon Pettigrew, LB DeAndre Levy, DT Khyri Thornton, CB Josh Wilson, OT Corey Robinson, OL Michael Ola, DT Gabe Wright