• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Vikings' Zimmer calls Gerald Hodges' performance Week 1 'average'

    Vikings linebacker Gerald Hodges started at middle linebacker in Monday's loss to San Francisco and had eight total tackles. However, head coach Mike Zimmer wasn't happy with his performance, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "Average. At best," Zimmer said about all three of his starting linebackers. Hodges won the job over Eric Kendricks and Audie Cole. Kendricks played just 10 snaps compared to Hodges' 63, while Cole didn't play on defense. Zimmer was also down on Kendricks' performance, so it looks like Hodges will get another week as the starter. Kendricks, a 2015 second-round draft pick, should take over the job eventually this season.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Gerald Hodges could end up as Vikings' starting middle linebacker

    Gerald Hodges will start at middle linebacker for the Vikings during Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys and if all goes well, he could keep the job to start the regular season, according to ESPN.com. Audie Cole started the first two preseason games at middle linebacker, but coach Mike Zimmer opted for the change after watching film of all the linebacker candidates. "He's looked good," Zimmer said of Hodges. "The first week, it was more learning, because it's different alignments (than playing outside linebacker). He wasn't perfect with all that stuff. But when he's played, he's done good."

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Vikings' Chad Greenway forced to exit game with knee injury

    Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway had to leave Sunday's game against the Dolphins with a knee injury. The team reported his return is questionable. Linebacker Audie Cole replaced Greenway in the lineup.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Jasper Brinkley, Robert Blanton make way into starting lineup

    Vikings coach Mike Zimmer announced Wednesday that Jasper Brinkley will start at middle linebacker Week 1 at St. Louis, beating out Audie Cole for the job. Zimmer also said Robert Blanton will start at strong safety.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Vikes still undecided at middle linebacker

    The Vikings' middle linebacker job remains up in the air between Jasper Brinkley and Audie Cole, reports 1500ESPN.com. "Jasper seems to be a little more communicative, and Audie seems to have a little more range," coach Mike Zimmer said. "As far as the running game, they're very close and the passing game they're similar."

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Two Vikings ruled out

    Vikings RB Toby Gerhart and LB Audie Cole have been ruled out Week 17. With Adrian Peterson doubtful, the running back workload may fall to Matt Asiata again. Neither Cole or Gerhart were able to practice this week.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Audie Cole continuing to make plays for Vikings

    Vikings linebacker Audie Cole had a team-high 13 tackles (six solo) during a 29-26 loss Week 14 at Baltimore. The 13 tackles tied a career high, which Cole set in Week 12 against the Packers. Since joining the starting lineup, Cole has totaled 35 tackles (22 solo) in his last three games. He also has one sack and one pass defense since Week 12.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Audie Cole stars in first career start

    Vikings linebacker Audie Cole was outstanding in his first career start Week 12 at Green Bay. Starting in place of Erin Henderson, who was excused for personal reasons, Cole totaled a team-high 13 tackles (11 solo). Cole had one sack, two tackles for loss and three quarterback hits. "Audie did a terrific job, the way he orchestrated things throughout the day," coach Leslie Frazier, per the Pioneer Press. "He had a great week of practice the way he prepared. His performance was very, very good. I think our defense did a lot of good things today and I think Audie had a lot to do with that."

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Minnesota makes minor move

    The Vikings waived offensive lineman Kevin Murphy Saturday, to make room on the active roster for linebacker Audie Cole .

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Josh Freeman highlights Vikings inactive list

    The Vikings enter Week 6 against the Panthers with a clean bill of health, as their inactive list Sunday features all healthy scratches. Newly acquired quarterback Josh Freeman headlines the list, and is joined by offensive lineman Jeff Baca, linebackers Audie Cole and Gerald Hodges, defensive back Mistral Raymond, and defensive linemen Chase Baker and Justin Trattou.