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Minnesota Vikings

Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium | Coach: Mike Zimmer
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense28th75.3 (32nd)239.8 (18th)
Defense3rd106.9 (20th)207.9 (3rd)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
44Asiata, Matt RB6-02197/24/19875Utah
55Barr, Anthony OLB6-52553/18/19923UCLA
64Beavers, Willie G6-532210/2/1993RWestern Michigan
61Berger, Joe C6-53055/25/198212Michigan Tech
76Boone, Alex G6-83105/4/19877Ohio State
8Bradford, Sam QB6-422411/8/19877Oklahoma
40Brothers, Kentrell OLB6-12422/8/1993RMissouri
68Clemmings, T.J. T6-530911/18/19912Pittsburgh
57Cole, Audie MLB6-52486/1/19895North Carolina State
14Diggs, Stefon WR6-019111/29/19932Maryland
62Easton, Nick C6-23036/16/19922Harvard
85Ellison, Rhett TE6-525010/3/19885USC
5Forbath, Kai K5-111979/2/19875UCLA
15Fruechte, Isaac WR6-32103/7/19911Minnesota
63Fusco, Brandon G6-43067/26/19886Slippery Rock
52Greenway, Chad OLB6-32371/12/198311Iowa
97Griffen, Everson DE6-327312/22/19877USC
30Ham, C.J. RB5-112357/22/1993RAugustana (S.D.)
41Harris, Anthony FS6-119210/9/19912Virginia
79Harris, Michael G6-533812/5/19885UCLA
6Heinicke, Taylor QB6-12103/15/19932Old Dominion
69Hill, Rashod T6-63091/12/1992RSouthern Mississippi
13Hill, Shaun QB6-32301/9/198015Maryland
99Hunter, Danielle DE6-525210/29/19942Louisiana State
12Johnson, Charles WR6-22172/27/19894Grand Valley State
69Johnson, Toby DT6-43259/1/19911Georgia
98Joseph, Linval DT6-432910/10/19887East Carolina
27Kearse, Jayron SS6-42152/11/1994RClemson
54Kendricks, Eric MLB6-02322/29/19922UCLA
67Kerin, Zac G6-53058/13/19912Toledo
59Lamur, Emmanuel LB6-42456/8/19895Kansas State
48Line, Zach FB6-12334/26/19904Southern Methodist
18Locke, Jeff P6-01959/27/19894UCLA
47McDermott, Kevin LS6-52401/12/19904UCLA
21McKinnon, Jerick RB5-92055/3/19923Georgia Southern
89Morgan, David TE6-42655/19/1993RTexas-San Antonio
24Munnerlyn, Captain CB5-91954/10/19888South Carolina
23Newman, Terence CB5-101979/4/197814Kansas State
84Patterson, Cordarrelle WR6-22203/17/19914Tennessee
28Peterson, Adrian RB6-12203/21/198510Oklahoma
29Rhodes, Xavier CB6-12186/19/19904Florida State
51Robinson, Edmond OLB6-32452/23/19922Newberry
96Robison, Brian DE6-32594/27/198310Texas
82Rudolph, Kyle TE6-626511/9/19896Notre Dame
35Sherels, Marcus CB5-101759/30/19876Minnesota
78Sirles, Jeremiah T6-63158/8/19913Nebraska
22Smith, Harrison FS6-22142/2/19895Notre Dame
93Stephen, Shamar DT6-53102/25/19913Connecticut
19Thielen, Adam WR6-22008/22/19903Minnesota State
94Trattou, Justin DE6-42588/28/19885Florida
11Treadwell, Laquon WR6-22156/14/1995RMississippi
26Waynes, Trae CB6-01907/25/19922Michigan State
91Weatherly, Stephen DE6-52653/19/1994RVanderbilt
17Wright, Jarius WR5-1019111/25/19895Arkansas
Injured Players
20Alexander, Mackensie (IR) CB5-1019211/12/1993RClemson
5Bridgewater, Teddy (IR) QB6-221511/10/19923Louisville
95Crichton, Scott (IR) DE6-327310/30/19913Oregon State
32Exum, Antone (IR) CB6-02192/27/19913Virginia Tech
73Floyd, Sharrif (IR) DT6-33115/28/19914Florida
92Johnson, Tom (IR) DT6-32888/30/19846Southern Mississippi
75Kalil, Matt (IR) T6-73177/6/19895USC
72Long, Jake (IR) T6-73225/9/19859Michigan
25Price, Jabari (IR) CB5-112008/31/19923North Carolina
34Sendejo, Andrew (IR) SS6-12109/9/19876Rice
71Smith, Andre (IR) T6-43251/25/19878Alabama
Practice Squad
 Bailey, Sterling DE6-32969/13/1992RGeorgia
81Boehringer, Moritz WR6-422510/16/1993RNo College
 Carter, Kyle TE6-324512/17/1992RPenn State
 Jones, Cayleb WR6-22093/21/1993RArizona
 Lucas, Marquis T6-43183/25/1993RWest Virginia
 Roberson, Tre DB6-020010/22/1992RIllinois State
 Sankey, Bishop RB5-102099/15/19923Washington
 Shepherd, Austin T6-43275/28/19922Alabama
 Thompson, Cedric DB6-02102/10/19931Minnesota
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Minnesota6-5314.06-3285.726.62138
 
 
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Position Listing
Jeremiah Sirles
News
The Chargers traded offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles to the Vikings, a source told NFL.com. Sirles started one game last season.
Moritz Boehringer
News
Boehringer has signed a reserve/future contract with the Vikings.

Minnesota's sixth-rounder in 2016, Boehringer is an athletic freak but failed to generate any noise in the preseason. Now with a year of NFL experience under his belt, the German-born receiver will again jockey for one of the Vikings' last roster spots at receiver.

Anthony Harris
News
Harris had 15 total tackles and defended a pass in Sunday's loss to Indianapolis. Harris started at safety with Harrison Smith injured.

Despite his large tackle totals, Harris struggled in coverage as he gave up several big plays. Still, he'll likely continue to start at safety as long as Smith is sidelined.

Rashod Hill
News
Hill was signed by the Vikings on Tuesday.

Hill was brought on to replace Jake Long (Achilles), who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. The rookie has spent the season on the Jaguars' practice squad but now has a real opportunity to become a starter on a depleted Vikings' offensive line.

Charles Johnson
News
Johnson had one reception for 11 yards on one target in Sunday's win over Chicago.

After a breakout campaign in 2014, Johnson was hurt and languished on the bench in 2015. He finally got back on the field at times this season, but finished with just 20 receptions for 232 yards. He'll be a restricted free agent this offseason and the Vikings may decide to look elsewhere since he's had such a small role the past two years.

Shaun Hill
News
Hill saw his first action since Week 1 in Thursday's loss to Dallas, completing his only pass for six yards while playing two plays for a temporarily injured Sam Bradford.

Bradford returned to play the second half, so Hill should remain on the bench next week against Jacksonville.

Justin Trattou
News
Vikings defensive end Justin Trattou is inactive Sunday against the Vikings.

Trattou backs up Everson Griffin at right defensive end and the Vikings will be without needed depth. Depth is more of an issue than usual with the game being played at high altitude.

Chad Greenway
News
Greenway traveled to Detroit and is active for Thursday's game against Detroit despite the impending birth of his child, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Greenway said he could miss Thursday's game at Detroit if his wife gives birth to the couple's fourth child before the game. He'll start but may not get significant playing time as he's likely to come off the field in passing situations with Eric Kendricks healthy.

Andre Smith
News
Bengals starting right tackle Andre Smith will be limited this spring and won't participate in team drills, but he'll be ready for training camp, reports the team's website. Smith, 28, is coming back from a torn triceps that limited him to nine games last season.
Injury
Triceps - Injured Reserve
Laquon Treadwell
News
Treadwell (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears, Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune reports.

Treadwell was unable to practice earlier in the week and his disappointing season will ultimately come to an early end. In nine games, he caught just one pass on three targets for 15 yards.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Sam Bradford
News
Bradford "has earned the right to be the starting quarterback," according to coach Mike Zimmer, ESPN's Ben Goessling reports.

Bradford's trade to the Vikings prior to Week 1 caused waves across the league, and by winning his first four games at the helm, he couldn't have gotten off to a better start in Minnesota. Although the team's performance significantly fell off over the course of the campaign, Bradford was hardly the reason for that, as he not only set a new NFL record by completing 71.6 percent of his passes, but also threw for a career-high 3,877 yards. With 20 touchdowns versus just five interceptions as well, Bradford filled the sudden void created by Teddy Bridgewater's devastating knee injury rather well, justifying Zimmer's vote of confidence in him ahead of next season, when Bridgewater's status is still to be determined.

Eric Kendricks
News
Kendricks compiled 11 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3.5 TFLs and three quarterback hits during Saturday's loss to the Packers.

Kendricks was a force to be reckoned with Saturday, leading the game in nearly all defensive statistical categories and seemingly getting to Packers QB Aaron Rodgers with ease. Those were his first logged sacks of the season though, so don't expect this level of production in the pass-rush department on a weekly basis from the former UCLA Bruin. Nonetheless, he'll look to end the campaign on a strong note in the Vikings' season finale next week against the Bears.

Audie Cole
News
Cole will start at middle linebacker Sunday against Detroit with Eric Kendricks inactive due to a concussion.

Cole will not see the bulk of snaps however, as Chad Greenway will likely stay on the field in nickel and dime situations with Cole sitting out. Cole may not be an ideal IDP replacement for Kendricks as a result.

Tre Roberson
News
Roberson was released by the Vikings.

He suffered a broken bone in his right hand during training camp which hurt his chances to make the final roster.

Kyle Rudolph
News
Rudolph caught 11 of 15 targets for 117 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-10 win over the Bears.

Rudolph posted career highs in targets, catches and yards in this one while finding the end zone on a 22-yard connection with Sam Bradford in the second quarter. He showed a strong rapport with Bradford after the latter was acquired just before the season and finished with personal bests in nearly every major offensive category after falling just short of his personal best with seven touchdown receptions. Rudolph has emerged as a reliable fantasy option and should enjoy another strong season in 2017 even though the team could experience some turnover on the offensive side of the ball.

Marcus Sherels
News
Sherels (ribs) is active for Saturday's contest against Green Bay.

Sherels missed the Vikings past few games but was able to practice in full all week this week and shouldn't be at all limited in the game Saturday. He'll likely resume his role as punt returner and depth defensive back.

Sterling Bailey
No Updates
Bishop Sankey
News
Sankey signed with the Vikings' practice squad Friday.

Sankey spent the summer with the Titans and has since made stops in both New England and Kansas City. If something were to happen to Jerick McKinnon or Matt Asiata, expect the former second-rounder to receive a call from Vikings brass.

Everson Griffen
News
Griffen had two sacks, three tackles, two tackles for a loss and defended a pass in Sunday's win at Jacksonville.

Griffen ended a streak of five consecutive games without a sack. He now has eight sack and could match last season's 10.5 sacks in his last three games.

Marquis Lucas
No Updates
Kentrell Brothers
News
The Vikings selected Brothers in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 160th overall.

Brothers was one of the more highly-regarded linebackers in the class heading into the Combine, but miserable pre-draft athletic testing pushed Brothers this far down the order. A bit undersized at 6-foot, 245 pounds, Brothers ran a 4.89-second 40-yard dash while logging problematic jumps -- 28.5 inches in the vertical and 110 in the broad jump. Still, he was quite productive at Missouri, posting 274 tackles over his last two seasons.

Xavier Rhodes
News
Rhodes had two interceptions, including a 100-yard return for a touchdown, along with three tackles in Sunday's win over Arizona.

Rhodes' interception return for a touchdown was a huge turnaround as he picked off a pass in the end zone and returned it all the way for a touchdown. Rhodes has been a difference maker in the secondary when healthy this year, but he's missed two games and played through injuries in several more. He looks healthy and in top form for the final six games, however.

Shamar Stephen
News
Stephen had a tackle while playing 32 of 74 snaps on defense in Sunday's win at Carolina.

Stephen is mostly a run stuffer and gets time in the defense line rotation behind Linval Joseph, so don't expect many tackles or sacks.

T.J. Clemmings
News
Clemmings suffered an elbow injury during Sunday's game against the Bears and is questionable to return.

Clemmings may attempt to return after halftime, but his 2016 season could in fact be over.

Injury
Elbow - Questionable for the start of training camp
Mackensie Alexander
News
Alexander (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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Captain Munnerlyn
News
Munnerlyn had three tackles in Sunday's win over Chicago. He finished the season with 55 tackles and a forced fumble in 15 games.

Munnerlyn should find a robust market for his services this winter as a free agent as he's seen as a top slot corners in the league.

Antone Exum
News
Exum (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.

Injury
Leg - Injured Reserve
Matt Asiata
News
Asiata had eight carries for 14 yards and three receptions for 31 yards on three targets in Sunday's win over Chicago.

Asiata had a productive season with 402 yards rushing, six touchdowns and 32 receptions for 263 yards. He worked as the goal-line back and the No. 2 running back most of the season with Adrian Peterson missing 13 games. His 3.3 yards per carry wasn't impressive, but he was running behind an injury-depleted offensive line and he's always been more of a sure-handed player than explosive back. He'll likely have a similar role in 2017, but much of his fantasy value depends on whether the Vikings bring back Adrian Peterson.

Tom Johnson
News
Johnson (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.

Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Edmond Robinson
News
Robinson (hamstring) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice.

Robinson missed Sunday's win over the Jaguars with an ailing hamstring, but he's slated to return in Week 15 against the Colts.

Stefon Diggs
News
Diggs (hip) caught 84 passes (on 111 targets) for 903 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games played this season.

Diggs, a fifth-round pick in 2015, significantly improved on most of his rookie-year numbers, even though he scored one less touchdown in the same amount of games this season. The Maryland product quickly emerged as the Vikings' top receiving threat, starting the season with 285 yards over Minnesota's first two games. Besides another wildly successful stretch from Weeks 8 to 10, Diggs didn't top the 60-yard mark in his other eight outings. While he'll look to improve his consistency and overcome a hip injury this offseason, Diggs certainly enters 2017 with his fantasy stock on the rise.

Injury
Hip - Questionable for the start of training camp
Adam Thielen
News
Thielen had just one reception for seven yards on his only target in Sunday's win over Chicago.

Thielen's season ended with a dud, but it doesn't erase a breakout campaign that could make him the team's No. 1 receiver next season. He began the season buried on the depth chart and seen as little more than a special teams star, but he worked his way into the starting lineup and his role grew nearly every week. Thielen had 69 receptions for 967 yards and five touchdowns while playing all 16 games. He's improved each of his three seasons in the NFL and has shown both good breakaway speed and outstanding route-running ability.

Nick Easton
News
Easton (ankle) will play in the Vikings' Week 2 home opener against the Packers.

Easton was unable to lace up in the season opener, but managed to practice in full capacity on Friday after logging limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday. He projects to assume a backup center role.

Scott Crichton
News
Chrichton (undisclosed) was placed on the Vikings Injured Reserve list on Wednesday.

Crichton was waived with an injury designation on Tuesday, and has since cleared waivers. His placement on IR means the former third-round pick will be shut down for the season.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Taylor Heinicke
News
Heinicke (foot) was activated Tuesday from the non-football injury list, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Heinicke returned to practice Oct. 19 and had to be activated within a 21-day window. The Vikings decided to bring him back at the last second, but he'll only be No. 3 on the depth chart, clearly stuck behind both Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill.

Danielle Hunter
News
Hunter recorded 1.5 sacks along with six tackles in the Vikings 38-25 loss to the Packers in Week 16.

Hunter continued his fantastic season as he moved his season sack total to 12. The 22-year-old has emerged as an elite playmaker, and could be among the most-coveted IDP linebackers in 2017 drafts.

Isaac Fruechte
News
Fruechte was promoted to the Vikings' active roster from the practice squad on Saturday, Chris Tomasson of TwinCities.com reports.

Fruechte has earned a hometown appearance in Week 17, as the former Minnesota Golden Gopher will get a chance to see targets behind Adam Thielen and Cordarrelle Patterson due to several injuries at wide receiver.

Adrian Peterson
News
Peterson (knee/groin) may be forced to take a pay cut to remain with the Vikings next season, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Peterson, who featured in just three games this season due to injuries, is entering the final season of his contract, which would currently see the Vikings owe him $17.75 million on Mar. 12, when his roster bonus and 2017 salary become guaranteed. Given that he only gained 72 yards on 37 carries this season, and will be 32 years old when next season starts, Minnesota is highly unlikely to reward Peterson with that pay day. As a result, Peterson could released and hit free agency, or he could renegotiate his contract by the aforementioned deadline to ensure he remains with the team. The latter option would require the former MVP to take a pay cut, and whether he accepts doing so should ultimately determine his future with the Vikings.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Emmanuel Lamur
News
Lamur had three total tackles and played 16 snaps on defense in Sunday's loss to Detroit.

Lamur had played just six snaps on defense in eight games before Sunday, but saw action with Eric Kendricks out with a concussion.

Joe Berger
News
Berger (concussion) will play Sunday against the Colts, Chris Tomasson of the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports.

Berger returns to the field after missing the last two contests due to a concussion. He is expected to resume his role as the team's starting center.

David Morgan
News
Morgan (knee) was not listed on the Vikings' injury report Wednesday.

The rookie missed two consecutive games prior to the Vikings' bye week. However, it appears the rest did him well given his return to practice in a full time role. He is seemingly on track to return to action Sunday.

C.J. Ham
News
Ham was signed to the Vikings' active roster Friday.

Ham had been on the practice squad since the beginning of the year and was signed in the wake of Mackensie Alexander (undisclosed) moving to injured reserve. Likely the fourth option at running back, Ham isn't likely to see much time on offense barring a slew of injuries to Minnesota's backfield.

Jake Long
News
Long (Achilles) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Long signed with the Vikings a little over a month ago after Andre Smith (triceps) and Matt Kalil (hip) were lost for the season. The Vikings' offensive line continues to be ravaged by injuries, with the team bringing in Rashod Hill to replace Long.

Injury
Achilles - Injured Reserve
Stephen Weatherly
News
The Vikings selected Weatherly in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 227th overall.

Weatherly has uncommon athleticism for a player at the 6-foot-4, 270-pound build, though he falls to this point for rawness reasons. Mike Zimmer is an ideal coach for him to land with, though.

Willie Beavers
No Updates
Sharrif Floyd
News
Floyd (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday, ESPN reports.

Floyd only appeared in one game this season after going under the knife in mid-September to clean up his knee. While the Vikings held out hope their former first-rounder would return to full strength at some point this season, they ultimately decided it wasn't worth reserving a roster spot any longer for his potential return. Fellow defensive tackle Toby Johnson was called up from the practice squad in a corresponding move.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Anthony Barr
News
Barr had six total tackles in Sunday's win over Chicago. He finished the season with 70 tackles, two sacks and no interceptions.

Barr was able to play all 16 games after missing six games combined the past two years, but otherwise had a disappointing year. He graded poorly in most metrics and created few of the big plays he was known for his first two seasons. Head coach Mike Zimmer even said that Barr was "coasting" two weeks ago. Whatever the reason for Barr's subpar year, getting him back on track as a disruptive force should be a focus for the Vikings defense next season.

Kevin McDermott
News
The Vikings announced Monday that they have signed long snapper Kevin McDermott , per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. McDermott, who snapped in seven games for the Ravens last season before suffering an elbow injury, will compete with veteran snapper Cullen Loeffler

Andrew Sendejo
News
Sendejo (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.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Jayron Kearse
News
Kearse started at strong safety in Monday's loss to Chicago but played just 15 snaps, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Kearse was essentially benched after missing a tackle and allowing Jordan Howard to have a long run early in the game. Anthony Harris played most of the snaps thereafter. It looks like Harris would start if Andrew Sendejo remains out with an ankle injury.

Jabari Price
News
Price was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

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

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Kai Forbath
News
Forbath made his only field-goal attempt from 21 yards and converted all five extra-point attempts in Sunday's win over Chicago.

Forbath stabilized Minnesota's kicking situation after the release of Blair Walsh as he made all 15 field goal attempts. He did miss three extra point attempts, however. Forbath is signed through 2017, so he should return as Minnesota's kicker next season.

Cayleb Jones
No Updates
Cedric Thompson
No Updates
Teddy Bridgewater
News
Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman said Bridgewater (knee) is now walking without crutches, ESPN.com's Ben Goessling reports.

Sugarman said the quarterback is making good progress, regaining range of motion and strength in his surgically repaired left knee. Bridgewater still has a brace and is only eight weeks into a lengthy process, but it sounds as if he's right on schedule so far. The goal is to have him ready for Week 1 next season.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Zac Kerin
News
Kerin (hand) was not listed on the Vikings' final injury report in advance of Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Kerin has missed the past three games with a hand injury, but now appears set to make a return.

Austin Shepherd
No Updates
Alex Boone
News
49ers offensive lineman Alex Boone is expected to switch from right guard to left guard for the upcoming season, the veteran said per ESPN.com. He will replace three-time Pro Bowler Mike Iupati at the position.

"It's great," Boone said. "It's different, obviously, [after] playing next to Anthony [Davis] all those years, now you move over play next to Joe [Staley]. Both great tackles. Footwork's a little diferent, handwork is a little different, but at the end of the day it’s come along real well."

Injury
Lower Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Brian Robison
News
Robison had a sack and a QB hit in Sunday's win at Jacksonville.

Robison has been a consistent force on the defensive line all season, but he's been hot lately with three sacks in his last four games.

Brandon Fusco
News
Fusco (concussion) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Packers.

Fusco will be missing his second-straight game due to the concussion he suffered in Week 14. He'll look to return for the Vikings season finale against the Bears next week.

Michael Harris
News
The Vikings re-signed restricted free agent tackle Michael Harris, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He played in 12 games last year, starting five due to the season-ending injury to right tackle Phil Loadholt.
Injury
Undisclosed - Out for the start of training camp
Kyle Carter
No Updates
Jarius Wright
News
Wright had five receptions for 24 yards on seven targets in Sunday's win over Chicago.

Wright languished on the bench nearly all season but got some unexpected work in the season finale. He finished the season with just 11 receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown. He missed the first four games in part due to a hamstring injury, but he was buried on the depth chart as he even fell behind little-used rookie Laquon Treadwell. Wright is signed trough 2019 and the Vikings would lose over $2 million in dead money if they cut him, so he may return next season. However, his role in the offense is very uncertain.

Matt Kalil
News
Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil underwent arthroscopic surgical procedures to both of his knees so far this offseason, according to a report from USA Today

Kalil also had injections to help manage joint pain. Both knees were scoped in January before having a Regenexx procedure performed on them in March. Kalil also had platelet-rich plasma therapy performed, too. 

Throughout the procedures, Kalil has been working out and rehabbing at the Vikings' team facility. 

Injury
Hip - Labrum - Injured Reserve
Jerick McKinnon
News
McKinnon ran 16 times for 89 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's game against the Bears. He also caught three of four targets for an additional 21 yards and a score in the 38-10 win.

McKinnon managed just under five yards per carry and his running helped salt the game away after the team jumped out to an early lead. He opened the scoring with a 16-yard catch in the first quarter and found the end zone again on a one-yard conversion in the fourth. McKinnon showed flashes this season but was somewhat inefficient with an average of just 3.4 yards per carry and four total touchdowns. The Vikings will get Adrian Peterson back and presumably healthy next season, but McKinnon should again be in line to serve as the team's top backup.

Terence Newman
News
Newman (neck) is active for Thursday's game against the Cowboys.

Newman was inactive last week but was able to practice in full on Tuesday and wasn't expected to be held out Thursday. It's unclear if he'll be limited at all, in which case Trae Waynes would likely see some extra snaps.

Rhett Ellison
News
Ellison had one carry for a one-yard touchdown in Sunday's loss to Detroit. He also had one reception for four yards on his only target.

It was just Ellison's second rushing attempt of his career as he scored on a misdirection play. Ellison is mostly a blocker and will only get a touch or two per game on offense.

Harrison Smith
News
Smith (ankle) is active for Sunday's game at Green Bay, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Smith had full participation in Friday's practice, which suggests he'll be able to start at safety and play a regular workload.

Zach Line
News
Line (concussion) is inactive for Saturday's tilt against Green Bay.

Line faced an uphill climb to play in Week 16 after being concussed last week and only having a short week to go through the NFL's concussion protocol. Look for Matt Asiata to pick up some extra goal line carries with Line out.

Trae Waynes
News
Waynes (concussion) is active for Saturday's game against the Packers.

Waynes missed last week's game due to a concussion he suffered in Week 14 but he's since cleared the concussion protocol. He'll be one of the team's top backups behind starting cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Terence Newman.

Cordarrelle Patterson
News
Patterson had one reception for 39 yards on two targets in Sunday's win over Chicago.

Patterson started at wide receiver with Stefon Diggs hurt, but wide receivers had just 11 targets as Sam Bradford threw mostly to his tight ends and running backs. Patterson entered the 2016 season relegated to special teams, but revived his career when given a chance at wide receiver. He finished the season with 52 receptions for 453 yards and two touchdowns. He should find a robust market for his services as a free agent, especially since he may be the best kickoff returner in the NFL (five career touchdowns).

Linval Joseph
News
Joseph (shoulder) will play Sunday against Washington, Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune reports.

Joseph was sidelined the majority of practice this week but will take the field Sunday despite his shoulder aliment. The Vikings may limit the defensive tackle's reps, in which case Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen are likely to see increased playing time.

Toby Johnson
News
Johnson has signed with the Vikings, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Johnson was waived last week to make room for a returning Adrian Peterson, but will now be added back to the roster with defensive lineman Tom Johnson (hamstring) headed to the IR.

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