Minnesota Vikings

Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium | Coach: Mike Zimmer
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense28th75.3 (32nd)239.8 (18th)
Defense3rd106.9 (20th)207.9 (3rd)


Sun Sep 11
W 25 - 16at TEN
Sun Sep 18
W 17 - 14GB
Sun Sep 25
W 22 - 10at CAR
Mon Oct 3
W 24 - 10NYG
Sun Oct 9
W 31 - 13HOU
Sun Oct 23
L 21 - 10at PHI
Mon Oct 31
L 20 - 10at CHI
Sun Nov 6
L 22 - 16DET
Sun Nov 13
L 26 - 20at WAS
Sun Nov 20
W 30 - 24ARI
Thu Nov 24
L 16 - 13at DET
Thu Dec 1
L 17 - 15DAL
Sun Dec 11
W 25 - 16at JAC
Sun Dec 18
L 34 - 6IND
Sat Dec 24
L 38 - 25at GB
Sun Jan 1
W 38 - 10CHI


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Vikings' Harrison Smith: Undergoes ankle surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (ankle) had surgery to clean up the high-ankle sprain he suffered in December, Adam Caplan and Ben Goessling of ESPN report.

Smith missed two games due to his high-ankle sprain but managed to play on the injury in the final two weeks of the season and the Pro Bowl. He initially said he wouldn't need surgery, but later determined that the cleanup was the best option. He's expected to be back to full health by the time training camp roles around.

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Vikings' Latavius Murray: Not locked in as three-down back
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't necessarily know if Murray (ankle) is a three-down back, Chris Tomasson of The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Murray is a strong pass blocker with good size and solid hands, but he's never been particularly explosive or evasive and doesn't break nearly as many tackles as one would expect of a 225-pound running back. While capable of staying on the field in any situation, he's essentially a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. The Vikings would ideally want to pair their offseason addition with a more explosive runner -- perhaps even hoping Jerick McKinnon can be that complement. If not McKinnon, the team could address its backfield in a draft that's strong at the position, though the offensive line is a more pressing concern. Signed to a three-year deal in mid-March, the 27-year-old Murray is expected to miss Minnesota's offseason program after having surgery last week to remove bone spurs. He should be back to full strength for the start of training camp, and he's a clear favorite to take the team's first snap of the season.

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Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater: Progressing in recovery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

According to head coach Mike Zimmer, Bridgewater (knee) has upgraded to running in a pool and taking part in non-weight bearing exercises, Alex Marvez of the Sporting News reports. "The big thing for Teddy is that he's got to keep progressing with where he's going," Zimmer told Marvez and Tom Pelissero on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "He's doing a great job in the rehab. These [trainers] will get him back and ready to go. I honestly don't know when. No one really knows. He had a great doctor do [the surgery] and he's done phenomenal work. We're anticipating getting him back at some point."

"At some point" may occur during the 2017 season, but there's the distinct possibility that Bridgewater misses back-to-back campaigns due to the devastation wrought upon his left knee during practice on Aug. 30. With uncertainty reigning, the Vikings can only take a wait-and-see approach as rehab dominates his day-to-day regimen. The Vikings can take solace in the fact that Sam Bradford filled in admirably for the 2014 first-round pick last season, setting an NFL record for completion percentage (71.6), accruing a career-best 3,877 yards, and compiling a 20:5 TD:INT across 15 games. Expect the risk-averse Bradford to helm the offense for most, if not all, of the upcoming campaign, no matter the progress made by Bridgewater.

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Vikings' Mackensie Alexander: Will get chance to win nickel corner job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Alexander will get a chance to win the starting nickel corner job after the departure of Captain Munnerlyn in free agency, head coach Mike Zimmer told a local radio station, according to ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities.

It's possible the Vikings could sign a conerback late in free agency to play nickel corner, but it looks like Alexander will get a shot at a regular role. Alexander played just 68 snaps last season, so it's a little surprising he'd be a prime candidate for the job. However, Zimmer has confidence in the 2016 second-round draft pick. Alexander was placed on injured reserve after an abdomen injury late last season, but it's not thought to be an issue as spring practices approach.

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Vikings' Brian Robison: Signs extension through 2018
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Robison signed a one-year extension that takes his contract through 2018, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Robison agreed to reduce his 2017 base salary from a non-guaranteed $5.3 million to a fully-guaranteed $3.9 million, with the number then dropping to $3.2 million (including $1.25 million guaranteed) for 2018. He'll turn 34 in April and has never recorded double-digit sacks in a season, but his run defense and consistency have long made him an asset to the Vikings. Robison has played 15 or 16 games in each of his 10 NFL seasons, recording 4.5 or more sacks each of the past six years while starting every contest he's played.

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