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Vikings' Zach Line: Has hip surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Line underwent hip surgery after this season but is expected to be off crutches in the near future, Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune reports.

Line started four of his 15 games played in 2016, rushing for 15 yards on seven carries. Now slated to be an unrestricted free agent, Line's hip procedure doesn't sound like something that should impact his availability ahead of the 2017 campaign.

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Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater: Still without definite recovery timetable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bridgewater's (knee) agent, Kennard McGuire, told Adam Schefter of ESPN that the quarterback doesn't have a defined recovery timetable, Ben Goessling of reports. "I would not overreact to a story that has zero substance and no credibility," McGuire added.

Bridgewater suffered a devastating left knee injury on Aug. 30, tearing multiple ligaments and dislocating the joint. There has been scant reporting during his rehabilitation, likely due to the year-plus recovery that accompanies such ailments. Since the end of the campaign, head coach Mike Zimmer has reaffirmed the Vikings' company line twice, stating the team is unsure when Bridgewater will be healthy enough to contribute but wouldn't rule out the potential that he's available at some point during the 2017 campaign. Nonetheless, a report Friday from Bleacher Report said Bridgewater will likely miss a second consecutive season, as he won't be 100 percent until March of 2017. While it's certainly possible, the Vikings will continue to tread carefully with the 2014 first-round pick.

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Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater: May miss entire 2017 season
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

Bridgewater (knee) is projected to miss the entire 2017 season, Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports.

Bridgewater missed the whole 2016 campaign after suffering a severe knee injury during a preseason practice, and although Vikings coach Mike Zimmer recently said there's still no timetable for his return, the report relays that team doctors estimated Bridgewater would need 19 months to recover. By that timeline, he won't be fully healthy until March of next year, which would keep him sidelined for a second straight season. While it remains to be seen whether that actually happens, Zimmer said earlier this month that Sam Bradford -- whom Minnesota acquired following Bridgewater's injury -- has earned the team's starting quarterback role, so there may not be a job waiting for 2014's No. 32 pick when he eventually returns.

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Vikings' B.J. Dubose: Spends season on injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Dubose spent the entirety of the 2016 regular season on injured reserve due to a knee injury.

Had Dubose been healthy, he likely would have been a reserve option at defensive end for the Vikings. He will now look to secure a 53-man roster spot in the 2017 preseason.

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Vikings' Cordarrelle Patterson: Would love to play running back
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

Patterson said he would like to play running back next season. "I just want to touch the football," Patterson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I would love it."

Patterson is an unrestricted free agent, so the versatility to play running back similar to how Ty Montgomery was used in Green Bay would only add to his value. It's not clear if the Vikings intend to re-sign him or use him more at running back. Patterson entered the 2016 season relegated to special teams, but revived his career with 52 receptions for 453 yards and two touchdowns. He's had 31 carries for 333 yards and four touchdowns in his career, mostly on reverses or sweeps, but has lined up a few times in the backfield.

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