Minnesota Vikings

Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium | Coach: Mike Zimmer
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense28th75.3 (32nd)239.8 (18th)
Defense3rd106.9 (20th)207.9 (3rd)
Injuries
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
03/22/17RBLatavius MurrayAnkleQUESTIONABLEMurray's ankle surgery was related to bone spurs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Less than a week removed from signing up with the Vikings, Murray went under the knife Wednesday for an issue that became known during a mandated physical. He's expected to be healthy in time for training camp, but his absence from the offseason program could put him behind the eight ball as he attempts to build a rapport with quarterback Sam Bradford and the rest of the offense. Throughout three seasons with the Raiders, he averaged 4.2 YPC and gathered in 91 of 119 targets (76.5 percent). Typically, sure hands would indicate that he's poised for a three-down role, but Jerick McKinnon has experience within the system, while the Vikings are a candidate to select a running back in April's draft, two factors that may place a damper on Murray's expectations.

(Updated 03/22/2017)
02/17/17RBZach LineHipQUESTIONABLELine 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.

(Updated 02/17/2017)
01/26/17DBMackensie AlexanderUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEAlexander (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

Alexander played in Week 15 despite an abdomen injury and it's unclear at this time if it was that injury that resulted in his placement on IR. He's been little more than a special teams player and his absence isn't expected to impact the team greatly.

(Updated 12/23/2016)
01/26/17QBTeddy BridgewaterKneeQUESTIONABLEBridgewater's (knee) agent, Kennard McGuire, told Adam Schefter of ESPN that the quarterback doesn't have a defined recovery timetable, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com 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.

(Updated 01/28/2017)
01/26/17DBAntone ExumLegQUESTIONABLEExum (leg) was placed on Minnesota's injured reserve list on Wednesday.

Exum injured his leg in Sunday's preseason game and was waived in the days after. Now that he's cleared waivers he was eligible for placement on the IR and is done for the season.

(Updated 08/31/2016)
01/26/17DLSharrif FloydKneeQUESTIONABLEFloyd, who appeared in one game last season after going under the knife in mid-September to clean up his knee, is not back to full speed. "He's trying to get healthy. He's got this thing with his leg. I don't know if I should get too specific with it," head coach Mike Zimmer told a local radio station as conveyed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "We're just waiting for it to get healthy and if that's the case then I think he can have a good year."

Minnesota signed defensive tackle Datone Jones in free agency, which likely shows the Vikings are not confident Floyd will be healthy for the 2017 season. However, Floyd has plenty of time to recover and be ready for training camp.

(Updated 03/21/2017)
01/26/17DLTom JohnsonHamstringQUESTIONABLEJohnson (hamstring) will not require surgery on his hamstring tear, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Johnson was placed on IR Monday but it doesn't sound as if Johnson's injury is very severe. He'll be back to full health in 4 to 6 weeks and won't be at all limited with the injury come spring practices.

(Updated 12/20/2016)
01/26/17DBJabari PriceKneeQUESTIONABLEPrice was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Fortunately, Minnesota has a deep enough secondary to absorb the loss of Price.

(Updated 09/03/2016)
01/26/17DBAndrew SendejoKneeQUESTIONABLESendejo (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Sendejo's placement on IR allowed for the Vikings to call up receiver Isaac Fruechte from the practice squad. Sendejo finishes the 2016 season with 69 tackles, four passes defensed, two interceptions, and two fumble recoveries.

(Updated 12/31/2016)
01/02/17WRStefon DiggsHipQUESTIONABLEVikings general manager Rick Spielman expects Diggs (hip) to take another big step forward in his third professional season, Vikings.com reports.

Diggs started his sophomore campaign with back-to-back 100-yard outings and later tallied consecutive 13-reception performances, but there were also quite a few duds mixed in, with knee and hip injuries perhaps playing a role. He finished the year with 903 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games, showing flashes of No. 1 receiver potential in an otherwise stale Minnesota offense. Diggs is locked in as the team's top target in the passing game, but it's unclear if he'll be catching balls from Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater (knee) when Week 1 rolls around. There hasn't been any indication that Diggs' late-season hip injury will be a factor this offseason, leaving him with solid fantasy prospects heading into the 2017 campaign.

(Updated 03/09/2017)
01/02/17RBAdrian PetersonKneeQUESTIONABLEPeterson (knee) remains unsigned in part because of his hefty contract demands, ESPN.com reports.

Peterson was reportedly asking for more than $8 million in the first year of a contract, which would be in line with the deals given to top running backs the past few years. Considering he's coming off a major injury and just turned 32 years old, he may have to settle for something closer to the deal Eddie Lacy recently signed with Seattle -- a one-year contract worth up to $5.5 million. There are still some potential fits -- namely, Oakland and Green Bay -- but Peterson will first have to accept that teams aren't going to pay a premium for what he accomplished in the past. Other teams that may be in the market for an early-down runner include the Lions, Patriots, Buccaneers and Giants.

(Updated 03/24/2017)
01/02/17WRLaquon TreadwellAnkleQUESTIONABLEHead coach Mike Zimmer said Treadwell's nagging ankle injury was a big factor in the wideout's disappointing rookie season, KMSP-TV reports.

A 2016 first-round selection, Treadwell caught just one pass in nine appearances, with ankle and hamstring injuries making it difficult for him to earn a significant role. The ankle may have been a bigger issue than the Vikings previously let on, but it was still discouraging to see Treadwell remain uninvolved even when Stefon Diggs was limited or unavailable due to his own injuries. Adam Thielen and Cordarrelle Patterson stepped up instead, but the latter is set to hit unrestricted free agency and might even play some running back if he sticks around. Assuming his ankle is healthy, Treadwell should have a shot at some first-team reps during the offseason program.

(Updated 03/08/2017)
 

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