Vikings at Broncos NFL Week Four Inactives

Vikings inactives: WR Charles Johnson, DE Justin Trattou, S Andrew Sendejo, CB Jabari Price, QB Taylor Heinicke, TE Chase Ford, LB Edmond Robinson

Broncos inactives: QB Trevor Siemian, DB Omar Bolden, LB Lerentee McCray, OL Shelley Smith, OL Ty Sambrailo, TE Mitchell Henry, DL Kenny Anunike

Vikings vs Broncos NFL Week Four Capsule



STREAKS   3 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Zimmer: 0-0 Gary Kubiak: 0-2
LAST WEEK W 31-14 vs. Chargers W 24-12 at Lions
LAST GAME 12/4/11: Broncos 35 at Vikings 32. Denver WR Demaryius Thomas has 4 receptions for 144 yards & 2 TDs. Broncos RB Willis McGahee rushes for 111 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/30/07: Broncos 22, Vikings 19 (OT). Denver K Jason Elam kicks GW 30-yard FG in OT. Broncos QB Jay Cutler throws for 246 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Walt Coleman
BROADCAST FOX (2:25 PM MT): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (field reporter). Westwood One: Dan Miller, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 113 (Min.), 83 (Den.). XM: 225 (Den.).


PASSING Bridgewater: 50-74-505-1-2-80.1 Manning: 81-127-755-5-3-83.3
RUSHING Peterson: 59-291 (1L)-4.9-2 (T3C) Hillman: 28-88-3.1-1
RECEIVING Wallace: 12-150-12.5-0 Thomas: 24-268-11.2-1
OFFENSE 294.0 290.7
TAKE/GIVE +3 (T3C) +6 (1L)
DEFENSE 362.3 259.0 (1L)
SACKS Griffen: 3 (T3C) Ware: 3.5 (T2L)
INTs Greenway, Trattou: 1 Talib: 2 (T1L)
PUNTING Locke: 40.8 Colquitt: 46.2
KICKING Walsh: 18 (6/7 PAT; 4/5 FG) McManus: 26 (3C) (8/8 PAT; 6/6 FG)


VIKINGS: QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER has won 3 of his past 4 starts. Has posted 90+ rating in 5 of his past 8 starts, incl. 4 games with 100+ rating…RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 126 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 16 40+ yard TD runs, 2nd most in NFL history. Since entering NFL in 2007, leads NFL with 10,481 rush yards & 88 rush TDs. Averages 98 rush yards per game in career…WR MIKE WALLACE has TD in each of 3 career meetings. Since 2009, is 1 of 3 in NFL with 5,000+ rec. yards (5,984), 45+ rec. TDs (47) & 15+ rec. avg. (15.5). WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has 11 career TDs: 5 rec., 4 rush, 2 KR. TE KYLE RUDOLPH had TD in only meeting…LB CHAD GREENWAY had 91-yard INT-TD last week. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 13 sacks in past 15, incl. 1.5 sacks last week. S HARRISON SMITH leads team with 23 tackles. LB ANTHONY BARR had sack last week & is 2nd on club with 20 tackles…BRONCOS: GARY KUBIAK is 3rd head coach in franchise history to start 3-0 in 1st year with club (RED MILLER, 1977; JOSH

MC DANIELS, 2009)…QB PEYTON MANNING has 3-0 record vs. Min. & has completed 74 of 107 (69.2 pct.) for 862 yards with 9 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 109.6 rating. Last week, completed 31 of 42 (73.8 pct.) for 324 yards & 2 TDs for 101.7 rating & joined BRETT FAVRE (6,300) as only players with 6,000 completions…In past 4 at home, RB C.J. ANDERSON averages 102 scrimmage yards per game & has 7 rush TDs…In past 6, WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has 45 catches for 621 yards & 2 TDs, incl. 4 100-yard games. Since entering NFL in 2010, has 42 TD catches, most among AFC WRs. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS has 4 TD catches in past 5. TE OWEN DANIELS had TD last week, 1st since joining Den…LB DE MARCUS WARE has 3.5 sacks in past 3, incl. 1.5 vs. Det. Needs 2.5 sacks to pass LESLIE O’NEAL & HOFer LAWRENCE TAYLOR (132.5) for No. 11 all-time. In past 8 vs. NFC, LB VON MILLER has 9 sacks & 3 FF.

Chargers at Vikings NFL Week 3 Inactives

Chargers inactives: WR Jacoby Jones, CB Brandon Flowers, RB Donald Brown, S Jahleel Addae, LB Tourek Williams, OL John Troutman, TE Ladarius Green

Vikings inactives: QB Taylor Heinicke, WR Stefon Diggs, CB Jabari Price, LB Edmond Robinson, G Zac Kerin, TE Chase Ford, DE Danielle Hunter

Chargers vs Vikings Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday S Jahleel Addae (ankle), G D.J. Fluker (ankle), WR Jacoby Jones (ankle), G Johnnie Troutman (forearm), C Chris Watt (groin), LB Tourek Williams (foot)
  Wednesday TE Ladarius Green (concussion)
  Wednesday LB Kyle Emanuel (shoulder), T Chris Hairston (knee)
Practice Report
  Wednesday G Brandon Fusco (concussion)
  Wednesday DT Shamar Stephen (knee)

Lions vs Vikings NFL Week Two Inactives

Lions inactives: TE Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring), OL, Taylor Boggs, WR T.J. Jones, LB DeAndre Levy, DT Caraun Reid, OL Corey Robinson, DE Devin Taylor

Vikings inactives:
WR Stefon Diggs, TE Chase Ford, QB Taylor Heinicke, DE Danielle Hunter, LB Edmond Robinson, OL Jeremiah Sirles

Lions at Vikings Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday LB DeAndre Levy (hip), DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder), TE Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring), WR Golden Tate (quadricep)
  Wednesday DT Caraun Reid (ankle), CB Darius Slay (ankle), G Larry Warford (ankle)
  Wednesday QB Matthew Stafford (right upper arm)
Practice Report
  Wednesday Practice Not Complete

Lions at Vikings NFL Week Two Capsule



STREAKS 3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Jim Caldwell: 2-0 Mike Zimmer: 0-2
LAST WEEK L 33-28 at Chargers L 20-3 at 49ers
LAST GAME 12/14/14: Vikings 14 at Lions 16. Detroit RB Joique Bell has 103 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 41 rec.). Lions LB DeAndre Levy has game-high 11 tackles.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/12/14: Lions 17, Vikings 3. Detroit RB Bell rushes for 74 yards & TD & RB Theo Riddick has 75 rec. yards & TD catch. Lions LB Tahir Whitehead records 2 INTs.
REFEREE Bill Vinovich
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Sam Rosen, Kirk Morrison, Peter Schrager (field reporter). SIRIUS: 135 (Det.), 115 (Min.). XM: 230 (Min.).


PASSING Stafford: 19-30-246-2-2-83.5 Bridgewater: 23-32-231-0-1-79.0
RUSHING Abdullah (R): 7-50-7.1-1 (T2C) Peterson: 10-31-3.1-0
RECEIVING Ebron (TE): 4-53-13.3-1 Wallace: 6-63-10.5-0
OFFENSE 302.0 248.0
DEFENSE 483.0 395.0
SACKS Ansah, Hunt: 1 Greenway, Griffen: 0.5
INTs Quin, Slay: 1 (T1L)
PUNTING Martin: 35.2 Locke: 37.5
KICKING Prater: 4 (4/4 PAT; 0/0 FG) Walsh: 3 (0/0 PAT; 1/2 FG)


LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD won both starts vs. Min. in 2014. Has 19,158 pass yards since 2011, 2nd most in NFL…RB JOIQUE BELL had 200 scrimmage yards (136 rush, 64 rec.) & rush TD in 2 games vs. Min. last year. Rookie RB AMEER ABDULLAH had 24-yard TD run last week. Had 94 scrimmage yards (50 rush, 44 rec.) & 105 KR yards (35 avg.). RB THEO RIDDICK had 5 catches for 75 yards & TD in last game at Min…WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 19 catches for 315 yards (157.5 per game) & 3 TDs in past 2 at Min. Since 2011, leads NFL with 6,253 rec. yards & 104.2 rec. yards per game. WR GOLDEN TATE had TD in last meeting & has 3 TDs in 4 career meetings. TE ERIC EBRON had TD catch last week…LB DE ANDRE LEVY had 11 tackles in last game vs. Min. Has 7 INTs since 2013, most by NFL LB. S GLOVER QUIN had 1st career INT-TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Min. with INT. Quin (8) & JAMES IHEDIGBO (4) have combined for 12 INTs since start of 2014. DE EZEKIEL ANSAH had 2.5 sacks & FF in last game at Min…VIKINGS: QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER has won 5 of 7 career home starts. In past 3 at home, is 3-0 & has completed 51 of 73 (69.9 pct.) for 656 yards with 5 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 109.2 rating…Since entering NFL in 2007, RB ADRIAN PETERSON leads NFL with 10,221 rush yards & 86 rush TDs. Averages 97.3 rush yards per game in career. In 12 career meetings, has rushed for 1,258 yards (104.8 per game) & 11 TDs, incl. 7 100-yard games…WR MIKE WALLACE has TD in 2 career games vs. Det. Since 2009, is 1 of 3 in NFL with 5,000+ rec. yards (5,897), 45+ rec. TDs (47) & 15+ rec. avg. (15.5). WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has 11 career TDs: 5 rec., 4 rush, 2 KR. Had rush & rec. TD in 12/29/13 game vs. Det. TE KYLE RUDOLPH had 20-yard TD in his last home meeting (11/11/12)…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 10.5 sacks in past 13. Has 5 sacks in past 6 vs. Det. LB ANTHONY BARR led team with 12 tackles last week.

Vikings at 49ers NFL Week One Capsule

Minnesota Vikings v San Francisco 49ers



MON. RECORD 26-29 46-25
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Zimmer: 0-0 Jim Tomsula: 0-0
LAST GAME 9/23/12: 49ers 13 at Vikings 24. Minnesota defense forces 3 turnovers (2 FR & 1 INT). Vikings QB Christian Ponder throws for 198 yards & 2 TDs to TE Kyle Rudolph.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/9/07: Vikings 27, 49ers 7. Minnesota DT Kevin Williams has 18-yard INT-TD. Vikings RB Chester Taylor totals 124 scrimmage yards (101 rush, 23 rec.) & rush TD.
REFEREE Ed Hochuli
BROADCAST ESPN (7:20 PM PT): Chris Berman, Trent Dilfer, Lindsay Czarniak (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 83 (Min.), 93 (SF). XM: 226 (Min.), 225 (SF).

2014 STATS

PASSING Bridgewater: 259-402-2919-14-12-85.2 Kaepernick: 289-478-3369-19-10-86.4
RUSHING Peterson (2013): 279-1266-4.5-10 Hyde: 83-333-4.0-4
RECEIVING Wallace (Mia.): 67-862-12.9-10 Boldin: 83-1062-12.8-5
OFFENSE 315.5 327.4
DEFENSE 344.7 321.4 (3C)
SACKS Griffen: 12 Brooks, Lynch: 6
INTs H. Smith: 5 (T3L) Bethea: 4
PUNTING Locke: 44.2 Pinion (R) (Pre.): 43.8
KICKING Walsh: 107 (29/29 PAT; 26/35 FG) Dawson: 108 (33/33 PAT; 25/31 FG)


VIKINGS: In past 5 games, QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER has completed 101 of 140 (72.1 pct.) for 1,230 yards with 8 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 103 rating…Since entering NFL in 2007, RB ADRIAN PETERSON leads NFL with 10,190 rush yards & 86 rush TDs. Averages 98 rush yards per game in career…Since 2009, WR MIKE WALLACE is 1 of 3 in NFL with 5,000+ rec. yards (5,834), 45+ rec. TDs (47) & 15+ rec. avg. (15.6). WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has 11 career TDs in 1st 2 seasons: 5 rec., 4 rush, 2 KR. Since 2011, TE KYLE RUDOLPH has 17 rec. TDs, most by Viking…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had career-high 12 sacks in 2014. Has 10 sacks in past 12 games. Since 2012, CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN ties for 2nd in NFL with 4 INT-TDs & S HARRISON SMITH ties for 4th with 3 INT-TDs. CB XAVIER RHODES led team with 18 PD in 2014. LB CHAD GREENWAY has 90+ tackles in all 8 career seasons. LB ANTHONY BARR had 70 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 FRs & 2 FFs last year…49ERS: As 49ers interim head coach in 2010, JIM TOMSULA went 1-0…QB COLIN KAEPERNICK has posted 100+ rating 17 times as starter (incl. playoffs) & 49ers are 16-1 (.941). Since 2012, is 1 of 2 in NFL with 90+ rating (90.7) & 1,500+ rush yards (1,578)…RB CARLOS HYDE tied for 2nd among NFC rookies last year with 4 rush TDs. RB REGGIE BUSH is only active player with 5,000+ rush yards (5,465) & 450+ receptions (466)…WR ANQUAN BOLDIN had 1,062 rec. yards in 2014, his 7th 1,000-yard season. Is only player in NFL history to have 200+ rec. yards on Kickoff Weekend 2 times. Since 2011, WR TORREY SMITH is 2nd in NFL with 16.9 rec. avg. (min. 200 catches). Since entering NFL in 2006, TE VERNON DAVIS has 62 TDs (incl. playoffs), 2nd most by TE…

Vikings DT Stephen Has Knee Surgery; OT Bykowski Has Shoulder Surgery

Pittsburgh Steelers v Minnesota Vikings

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday that defensive tackle Shamar Stephen had arthroscopic knee surgery and offensive tackle Carter Bykowski had shoulder surgery, the Associated Press reports.

Stephen was in the rotation as a rookie last year and started three games when Sharrif Floyd was hurt. Zimmer said he expects Stephen to return by the regular-season opener Sept. 14. Stephen has been bothered by knee trouble throughout training camp.

Safety Antone Exum has also been out of practice this week because of a hamstring problem. He’s been challenging Robert Blanton for the starting strong safety spot.

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon Shares How He’s Getting Set for the 2015 Season

Green Bay Packers v Minnesota Vikings

Bryan Altman at CBS in Minnesota has written a fantastic piece on how Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon is getting set for the 2015 season and what he does to prepare.

Here’s just a snippet of the piece by Altman on what McKinnon had to say:

The first couple of weeks of rehab after my back surgery in December I didn’t really do anything except walk on the treadmill. It was tough at first, you know, having that surgery and then having to get your balance back. You really have to start slowly, really slowly start working out again, and you definitely don’t have your wind anymore. You’re out of shape and everything is a struggle.

But it’s something where, no matter what kind of surgery or what kind of setback you’ve got, you just have to attack the rehab full force and eventually the results are going to come. That was my main focus, just trying to work back as hard as I can, get my wind back, get into great shape, but at the same time staying on top of the exercises and things that I need to do to make sure that my back stays good or kept feeling good and kept getting better throughout the process.

Now that I’m done with that, I’m ready to go, I’m all good.

This offseason I kind of bounced around a little bit because of rehab but as soon as I got done with rehab I trained with Kyle Rudolph out in California for a month and a half. Then I came back and we had mini camp, OTA’s, stuff like that. After that I shot down to Houston and I trained with A.P. for like two or three days while I was down there.

It’s for sure worth the rest – you can see the rest of Bryan’s piece HERE