Falcons at Vikings NFL Week Four Inactives

Falcons: QB Sean Renfree CB Javier Arenas, LB Tyler Starr, Center James Stone, T Ryan Schraeder, WR Harry Douglas, DT Cliff Matthews.

Vikings: LB Chad Greenway, WR Charles Johnson, LB Brandon Watts, G David Yankey, TE Kyle Rudolph, WR Rodney Smith, DE Scott Crichton.

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Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 4 matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings.

Falcons Vs Vikings Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
Wednesday LB Prince Shembo (calf), WR Roddy White (hamstring)
Wednesday WR Harry Douglas (foot), WR Devin Hester (ankle), RB Antone Smith (hamstring)
Practice Report
Wednesday LB Chad Greenway (hand, rib), DT Linval Joseph (shoulder), CB Josh Robinson (hamstring), TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin)
Wednesday S Harrison Smith (knee), LB Brandon Watts (knee)
Wednesday DT Sharrif Floyd (shoulder), LB Michael Mauti (foot), WR Rodney Smith (hamstring)

Vikings at Saints NFL Week 3 Inactives

Vikings: QB Christian Ponder, WR Charles Johnson, CB Shaun Prater, LB Brandon Watts, G David Yankey, WR Rodney Smith, DE Scott Crichton.

Saints: RB Mark Ingram, WR Nick Toon, FB Erik Lorig, LB David Hawthorne, DT John Jenkins, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, S Marcus Ball.

Vikings Release WR Jerome Simpson After Learning Of Citation

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The Vikings announced they’ve released wide receiver Jerome Simpson after the organization became aware of a July 7 citation on Thursday, Christopher Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Simpson missed the first two games of the season, serving a three-game NFL suspension for a DUI arrest last year. He was expected to return to the team on Monday after the Vikings face the Saints on Sunday.

The Vikings receiver is scheduled to appear in Hennepin County Court on Nov. 3 after being cited just after midnight July 7 by Bloomington Police on charges of marijuana possession, open bottle and violating the conditions of his limited drivers license, according to court records filed Sept. 2.

The team has not issued a comment. Simpson’s attorney, David Valentini, has not returned messages for comment.

The Vikings lead the NFL in the number of player arrests – 44 since 2000. Simpson, though, was not arrested in this latest incident, but instead cited at the scene, on Bush Lake Road near Hwy. 494. The three charges are misdemeanor offenses; if he had a felony amount of marijuana in his vehicle, he could have been arrested at the scene.

Simpson is serving a three-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, stemming from a drunken-driving arrest last season. It will now be up to Hennepin County Court to decide if Simpson violated probation in that case. Simpson was arrested Nov. 9 but avoided jail time in January after pleading guilty to careless driving and third-degree drunken driving. Simpson was placed on a one-year probation and ordered to perform 120 hours of community service.

Minnesota Governor Calls For Peterson To Stay Suspended


Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that the Vikings should suspend running back Adrian Peterson until accusations of child abuse against him have been resolved in the criminal justice system, Patrick Condon of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Calling the allegations and their fallout “an awful situation,” Dayton said he believes Peterson is innocent until proven guilty and that he deserves due process. But he also called the allegations, that Peterson used a wooden switch to discipline his four-year-old son, “a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the state of Minnesota.”

Dayton’s remarks came in a statement from his office. The governor is in Washington, D.C., raising funds for his re-election campaign.

“Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state,” Dayton said.

Peterson has denied being a child abuser, saying he was using the same disciplinary methods that he experienced as a child. The Vikings had kept Peterson out of Sunday’s game, but announced Monday that he would be reinstated and playing next Sunday.

Mike Priefer to be Reinstated Today

Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer will be reinstated from his suspension today, Minnesota announced on Sunday night.

Priefer was originally suspended for three games, but the suspensions was reduced to only two games because Priefer completed “anti-harassment, diversity and sexual orientation training,” according to a statement from the Vikings.

He was suspended because of his anti-gay comments aimed toward former punter Chris Kluwe, who is a gay rights activist. Priefer initially denied and then admitted to suggesting that “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.”

Priefer’s absence was obvious Sunday against New England. Not only did the Vikings have a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown, but they also had only nine guys on the field while receiving a punt in the second half.

Interim special teams coach Joe Marciano filled in for the first two weeks of the season.

Vikings Crushed by Patriots

The Minnesota Vikings were dealt a harsh return to reality Sunday afternoon with a 30-7 loss at home against New England. Last week, the Vikings were on the good side of a rout, beating St. Louis 34-6.

Matt Cassel threw four interceptions, including one that was returned to the one yard line in the first quarter. It was his second three+ interception outing in his last four games.

Minnesota got off to a hot start on the offensive side of the ball, driving down 75 yards to take a 7-0 lead right off the bat. Matt Cassel went 4/4 and threw a touchdown to Matt Asiata. From there, things went downhill.

After a three-and-out from the Vikings defense, Matt Cassel skied a ball deep to Jarius Wright that ended up getting picked off by Patriots’ safety Logan Ryan. Ryan was pushed out of bounds at the Minnesota one, and Stevan Ridley punched it in a couple plays later.

The Vikings offense never really regained its footing after that first drive. The absence of Adrian Peterson was noticeable, with backup Matt Asiata getting 13 carries for a measly 36 yards. Rookie Jerick McKinnon was almost nonexistent in the run game, getting only 2 carries for 7 yards. McKinnon also caught 2 passes for 5 yards.

Greg Jennings recorded his 500th career reception late in the game. Darrelle Revis locked him down all game, and picked off Cassel in the second quarter.

New England defensive end Chandler Jones blocked a Blair Walsh field goal attempt at the end of the first half and returned it for a touchdown to make the score 24-7 at halftime.

After Cassel’s third interception, TCF Bank Stadium was echoing with loud chants of “Teddy! Teddy!” Teddy Bridgewater, the Vikings much-anticipated rookie quarterback, lost the competition for the starting job to Cassel, despite strong preseason showings.

The Vikings remain tied for first in the division, however, as Detroit was beaten by Carolina 24-7.



Report: NFL Won’t Discipline Peterson Before Conviction

According to a report by Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, Adrian Peterson is next expected to be suspended unti he is convicted of child abuse.

Hubbuch tweeted “Source says Vikings don’t expect NFL to discipline Peterson unless he’s convicted. “You can indict a ham sandwich,” source said.”

Peterson was booked and released early Saturday morning in Texas.

The NFL’s personal conduct policy contains clauses that ban all criminal activity as well as “conduct that imposes inherent danger to the safety and well being of another person.” While Peterson’s actions can’t be considered criminal because he hasn’t been convicted yet, he has admitted to whipping his son. In my eyes, that counts as conduct that imposes inherent danger to the safety and well being of another person.

It’s at the NFL’s discretion of what falls under that category and what doesn’t.

I think Peterson will be suspended, it’s just a matter of when.

Patriots at Vikings NFL Week Two Inactives

New England – DL Michael Buchanan, LB Jamie Collins, CB Alfonzo Dennard, DL Zach Moore, WR Kenbrell Thompkins, OL Ryan Wendell, RB James White

Minnesota – DE Scott Crichton, LB Michael Mauti, RB Adrian Peterson, QB Christian Ponder, WR Rodney Smith, LB Brandon Watts, G David Yankey