Vikings at Browns (in London) Wednesday Injury Report

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Wednesday QB Sam Bradford (knee), T Riley Reiff (knee), G Jeremiah Sirles (knee), DE Stephen Weatherly (knee)
Wednesday CB Mackensie Alexander (hip), CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), WR Stefon Diggs (groin, ankle), G Nick Easton (calf), WR Michael Floyd (hamstring), QB Case Keenum (chest)
Wednesday WR Laquon Treadwell (toe)
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Wednesday DT Trevon Coley (neck), DE Myles Garrett (concussion), CB Jason McCourty (ankle), DT Larry Ogunjobi (groin), S Jabrill Peppers (toe)
Wednesday WR Kenny Britt (knee, groin), LB James Burgess (knee), LB Jamie Collins (shoulder), CB Jamar Taylor (ribs)
Wednesday WR Sammie Coates (hamstring)

Sounds Like NT Linval Joseph Could Be Next for An Extension From the Vikings

With defensive end Everson Griffen and cornerback Xavier Rhodes having recently signed lucrative contract extensions, the next Vikings player to get one could be nose tackle Linval Joseph, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

Minnesota has stars all over the place on defense, but safety Harrison Smith said Wednesday it all begins with Joseph.

“I’ve said ever since he’s been here, that’s where I would start a defense,’’ Smith said at training camp at Minnesota State Mankato. “You have to take two guys to block him on every play.’’

The Vikings had five defenders in the Pro Bowl last season in Joseph, Griffen, Rhodes, Smith and linebacker Anthony Barr, and have been looking to get all of them locked up to long-term deals. Smith signed a big contract extension last year and Barr is also a candidate to get one, although indications are the Vikings are most likely to wait on him until next year.

Negotiations are ongoing with Joseph, who has two years left on his contract. Joseph, who signed a five-year, $31.25 million deal with the Vikings as a free agent in 2014, is on the books for base salaries of $6.15 million in 2017 and $5.15 million in 2018.

“Whatever happens, happens,’’ Joseph said. “If it’s time, it’s time (to get an extension). If not, I’m going to keep grinding.’’

Joseph’s camp is looking for an extension the vicinity of the four-year, $57.9 million deal Griffen got, although that might be tough for a guy who doesn’t put up gaudy sack totals. There are six defensive tackles in the NFL making an average of $14 million or more per season.

Vikings RB Latavius Murray and Coach Mike Zimmer Don’t See Eye to Eye Regarding Training Camp

Running back Latavius Murray said he’s not behind schedule in his return from right ankle surgery, and could, if necessary, have himself ready for the regular season without participating in training camp, Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

“Most definitely,” Murray said after today’s morning walk-through. “At the end of the day, football is football. I think for me it’s just making sure physically I’m OK. The mental part of it, it’s a game I’ve been playing all my life.”

Moments later, his coach, Mike Zimmer, disagreed with Murray’s view on the importance of training camp.

“Well,” Zimmer said, “he is a smart guy. But he needs to get out there” on the practice field.

Murray was signed in March as a free agent from Oakland. He had the surgery after that, although the Vikings were aware that the surgery was needed. A month later, the Vikings used their top draft pick on Dalvin Cook, a running back to compete with Murray for the No. 1 role in what is expected to be a running back corps by committee. Murray has missed OTAs, minicamp and has spent the first week of training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

Asked today to update his timetable for return, Murray said, “No timetable. Right now, I’m just taking it day by day. You have good days, you have bad. So I’m just trying to make more of the good right now and continue to work and get back as soon as I can.”

Vikings Ink CB Xavier Rhodes to a Five-Year Deal Worth $70 Million

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In an update to our previous story, on Sunday the Vikings signed cornerback Xavier Rhodes to a five-year, $70 million extension through 2022, including $41 million in guaranteed money, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

As Rhodes was already under contract for 2017 at $8.026 million, he is now under the Vikings’ control for $78 million over the next six seasons. Among NFL cornerbacks, only Josh Norman has a pricier long-term deal.

The 27-year-old Rhodes earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2016 with a career-high five interceptions and at times has flashed shutdown corner capabilities, although he still struggles with inconsistency. Even with those flaws he is considered a top-15 corner and his big body, long arms, and physical style make him the perfect fit for head coach Mike Zimmer’s man-coverage defensive scheme.

Teddy Bridgewater Speaks Out; Vikings QB Says He Wants to Be the ‘Best Version’ He Can Be

(Pioneer Press: John Autey)

It has been a long road back for Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and the Vikings signal caller is hoping for health as well as the ability to once again be ‘the man’ for the Vikings in 2017.

He met with the media on Thursday for the first time since suffering the knee injury that was scary enough to think that his career might be over, and said that he’s now “appreciative” of the things he has in life.

He also said that while it’s been a long process, he’s ready for what lies ahead.

“You have days when you don’t see the progress, but it’s a long process,” Bridgewater said. “I’m in it for the long haul. I want to be the best version of Teddy I can be.”

The one thing that Teddy is waiting for is the first time he takes a lick on the playing field. It might be scary for him as well as the team, but he’s ready to get it out of the way and get back to leading the Vikings.

“That first initial hit or contact will tell me I can do this,” Bridgewater said. “If I can do it one time, I can do it forever.”

Bridgewater has the right attitude, now on the PUP list look for him to keep trying to work his way back with the Vikings.

Vikings and DE Everson Griffen Close to Inking a Four-Year Deal


The Vikings and the defensive end Everson Griffen are finalizing a “massive” four-year extension to keep him in Minnesota for the rest of his career, Ian Rapport of NFL Network reports via Kevin Patra of

It’s the second big deal for the former fourth-round pick out of USC, who signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract in 2014. With two years left on that deal, the Vikings are adding four more years, which will keep the 29-year-old Griffen in Minnesota through 2022.

Griffen earned 8.0 sacks in 2016 with 30.5 coming over the past three seasons, since he became a full-time starter in Minnesota.


New Crop of Vikings RB’s Ready to Make a Name for Themselves Without AP

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Latavius Murray, Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon will be competing to be the Vikings starting running back, replacing Adrian Peterson.

McKinnon is returning for his third season in Minnesota, Murray was signed in free agency and Cook was drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft. Cook and Murray know they have big shoes to fill.

Murray and Cook said they are focused on their new chapters in Minnesota and less on replacing the Vikings all-time leading rusher, Eric Smith of reports.

“To be honest, I don’t think anyone’s looking at it that way,” Murray said. “I think obviously we know that that guy was great in that uniform, but I think for everyone in the running back room right now, it’s about the individual.”

Added Cook: “He is a future Hall of Famer. In my first year in the NFL, I am not as close to him, so I cannot compare myself to him at all because he is going to go down as one of the greatest backs in history probably so I just have just got to go out there and work and I cannot have that in my head.”

Vikings Ink Rookie Defensive Tackle Chunky Clements

The Vikings have signed rookie defensive tackle Chunky Clements, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Clements, who is 6-foot-2 and 295 pounds, played collegiately at Illinois. In 46 games, he recorded 99 tackles, 25.5 of them for a loss, with six sacks.

To make room for Clements, the Vikings waived rookie defensive end Caleb Kidder, who was with the team throughout spring workouts.

Vikings Standing in Support of WR Floyd Despite Having to Spend a Day in Jail

An Arizona judge on Monday ruled Michael Floyd violated the terms of his house arrest by testing positive for alcohol earlier this month, but Floyd was sentenced to only one day in jail, and the Vikings issued a statement of support for their new wide receiver, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

General Manager Rick Spielman issued this statement: “When we signed Michael Floyd, we hoped he would show signs of improvement and we continue to expect that he shows progress and a professional attitude. We believe Michael will be a productive member of the Vikings organization, both on and off the field. Pursuant to the ruling of the Arizona Court earlier today, Michael will serve the remainder of his sentence and we expect him to be with the team at the start of training camp in Mankato when the players report on July 26.”

At the time of the failed tests on June 11, Floyd still was serving a 120-day sentence, the first 24 of which were spent in jail. The remainder of his sentence was house arrest, with random breath tests administered at a minimum of six times a day.

Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer Feeling Good After Latest Eye Checkup

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is feeling good these days, and that’s great news not only for him but for the team also.

Zimmer said that the retina in his right eye that has required eight surgeries is “perfect.” He met with his eye doctor on Wednesday for another checkup and got a good bill of health.

The coach says his doctor told him he “would be absolutely shocked” if Zimmer experienced a recurrence of the problems in his right eye.

Zimmer was ordered to take a two-week break from the team earlier this month to help his eye recover.

For now, he will take a vacation before getting set to be back with the team in a few weeks for the official start of training camp for the Vikings.