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
20Alexander, Mackensie CB5-1019211/12/19932Clemson
44Asiata, Matt (FA) RB6-02197/24/19876Utah
 Bailey, Sterling DE6-32969/13/19921Georgia
55Barr, Anthony OLB6-52553/18/19924UCLA
64Beavers, Willie G6-532210/2/19932Western Michigan
61Berger, Joe C6-53055/25/198213Michigan Tech
81Boehringer, Moritz WR6-422510/16/19931No College
76Boone, Alex G6-83105/4/19878Ohio State
8Bradford, Sam QB6-422411/8/19878Oklahoma
5Bridgewater, Teddy QB6-221511/10/19924Louisville
40Brothers, Kentrell OLB6-12422/8/19932Missouri
 Carter, Kyle TE6-324512/17/19921Penn State
68Clemmings, T.J. T6-530911/18/19913Pittsburgh
14Diggs, Stefon WR6-019111/29/19933Maryland
62Easton, Nick C6-23036/16/19923Harvard
32Exum, Antone CB6-02192/27/19914Virginia Tech
73Floyd, Sharrif DT6-33115/28/19915Florida
 Forbath, Kai K5-111979/2/19876UCLA
 Fragel, Reid T6-83082/22/19912Ohio State
15Fruechte, Isaac WR6-32103/7/19911Minnesota
63Fusco, Brandon (FA) G6-43067/26/19887Slippery Rock
52Greenway, Chad (FA) OLB6-32371/12/198312Iowa
97Griffen, Everson DE6-327312/22/19878USC
 Ham, C.J. RB5-112357/22/19931Augustana (S.D.)
41Harris, Anthony FS6-119210/9/19913Virginia
79Harris, Michael (FA) G6-533812/5/19885UCLA
 Heinicke, Taylor QB6-12103/15/19933Old Dominion
69Hill, Rashod T6-63091/12/19922Southern Mississippi
13Hill, Shaun (FA) QB6-32301/9/198016Maryland
99Hunter, Danielle DE6-525210/29/19943Louisiana State
92Johnson, Tom DT6-32888/30/19847Southern Mississippi
69Johnson, Toby DT6-43259/1/19911Georgia
 Jones, Datone DE6-42857/24/19905UCLA
 Jones, Cayleb WR6-22093/21/19931Arizona
98Joseph, Linval DT6-432910/10/19888East Carolina
27Kearse, Jayron SS6-42152/11/19942Clemson
54Kendricks, Eric MLB6-02322/29/19923UCLA
67Kerin, Zac G6-53058/13/19913Toledo
 Koehn, Marshall K6-02058/29/1992RIowa
 Lamur, Emmanuel LB6-42456/8/19896Kansas State
48Line, Zach (FA) FB6-12334/26/19905Southern Methodist
72Long, Jake (FA) T6-73225/9/198510Michigan
 Lucas, Marquis T6-43183/25/19931West Virginia
47McDermott, Kevin LS6-52401/12/19905UCLA
21McKinnon, Jerick RB5-92055/3/19924Georgia Southern
89Morgan, David TE6-42655/19/19932Texas-San Antonio
 Murray, Latavius RB6-32301/18/19905Central Florida
23Newman, Terence CB5-101979/4/197815Kansas State
28Peterson, Adrian (FA) RB6-12203/21/198511Oklahoma
25Price, Jabari CB5-112008/31/19924North Carolina
 Reiff, Riley T6-630512/1/19886Iowa
 Remmers, Mike T6-53104/11/19895Oregon State
29Rhodes, Xavier CB6-12186/19/19905Florida State
 Roberson, Tre DB6-020010/22/19921Illinois State
51Robinson, Edmond OLB6-32452/23/19923Newberry
96Robison, Brian DE6-32594/27/198311Texas
82Rudolph, Kyle TE6-626511/9/19897Notre Dame
 Sankey, Bishop RB5-102099/15/19923Washington
34Sendejo, Andrew SS6-12109/9/19877Rice
 Shepherd, Austin T6-43275/28/19922Alabama
35Sherels, Marcus CB5-101759/30/19877Minnesota
78Sirles, Jeremiah T6-63158/8/19914Nebraska
22Smith, Harrison FS6-22142/2/19896Notre Dame
93Stephen, Shamar DT6-53102/25/19914Connecticut
 Symmank, Taylor P6-219310/2/1992RTexas Tech
19Thielen, Adam WR6-22008/22/19904Minnesota State
 Thompson, Cedric DB6-02102/10/19931Minnesota
 Trattou, Justin (FA) DE6-42588/28/19886Florida
11Treadwell, Laquon WR6-22156/14/19952Mississippi
26Waynes, Trae CB6-01907/25/19923Michigan State
91Weatherly, Stephen DE6-52653/19/19942Vanderbilt
17Wright, Jarius WR5-1019111/25/19896Arkansas
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Minnesota6-5312.56-3288.825.82138
 
 
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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.

Datone Jones
News
Jones signed a contract with the Vikings on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

The former 2013 first-round selection spent the past four seasons in Green Bay, racking up 74 tackles and nine sacks during that span. He now heads to the division-rival Vikings where he'll likely take a backup role behind starters Brian Robison and Everson Griffen. However, Robison, who is currently 33, could see his reps begin to dwindle, which may provide an opportunity for Jones to make his mark. The 26-year-old did spend some time at linebacker with the Packers, so the Vikings definitely have options for how to utilize their newest signee. For the most part, Jones has been underwhelming through his first four seasons in the league, but a change of scenery could fix that.

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.

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.

Latavius Murray
News
Murray'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.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Chad Greenway
News
Greenway will announce his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday.

Greenway, a first-round pick out of Iowa in 2006, spent his entire career in Minnesota, where he was named the team's Defensive MVP in 2010, 2012 and 2013. Along with earning two Pro-Bowl selections as well, Greenway finishes fourth in Vikings history with 1,334 career tackles. In fact, the 34-year-old registered at least 93 stops in each of his first eight NFL seasons, showing great consistency that is further exemplified by the fact that he missed merely four games over his 10-year career.

Riley Reiff
News
The Lions have picked up the fifth-year option of offensive tackle Riley Reiff, general manager Martin Mayhew has announced.

"We anticipate getting that paperwork done sometime soon," Mayhew told MLive.com.

The one-year option will cost the team a bit more than $8 million.

Reiff has started every game but one over the last three seasons.

Laquon Treadwell
News
Head 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.

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.

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.

Taylor Symmank
No Updates
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 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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Reid Fragel
News
The Buccaneers claimed offensive tackle Reid Fragel off waivers Monday, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Fragel was claimed off waivers from the Falcons.
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 - Questionable for the start of training camp
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 - Questionable for the start of training camp
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.

Mike Remmers
News
Remmers signed a 5-year, $30 million contract with the Vikings on Friday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Remmers was a starter for the Panthers in each of the last two seasons and will presumably slot in at right tackle for the Vikings.

Stefon Diggs
News
Vikings 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.

Injury
Hip - Questionable for the start of training camp
Adam Thielen
News
The Vikings and Thielen agreed to terms of a three-year contract Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Born and bred in Minnesota, Thielen developed a nice rapport with Sam Bradford in 2016, tallying three 100-yard outings en route to 69 catches (on 92 targets) for 967 yards and five touchdowns. Now back in the fold, he joins Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph to form a steady base for the Vikings' passing attack. What's missing is a deep threat, but Thielen gave the offense a fair alternative with his team-leading 16 catches of 20-plus yards last season.

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.

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) 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 him 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.

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 - Questionable for the start of training camp
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, 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.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
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 - Questionable for the start of training camp
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 - Questionable for the start of training camp
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.

Marshall Koehn
News
Koehn signed a reserve/futures contract with Minnesota, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Kai Forbath is under contract for next season and should retain the starting job after making all 15 field goal attempts this season. However, it's not impossible that Koehn could win the job in a competition next summer.

Cayleb Jones
No Updates
Cedric Thompson
No Updates
Teddy Bridgewater
News
Bridgewater'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.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
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 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.

Brandon Fusco
News
Fusco was released by the Vikings on Friday.

Fusco, a sixth-round pick in 2011, has started 63 of his 66 career games played, predominately featuring at right guard. However, after the Vikings surrendered 104 quarterback hits, the seventh-most in the league this past season, change was inevitable along their offensive line, thus explaining Fusco's release.

Michael Harris
News
Harris was released by the Vikings on Friday.

Harris missed all of this past season due to a non-football illness, but he totaled 21 starts in 28 regular season appearances after joining the Vikings in 2014. Upon his release, Harris will now be free to sign with any other team once free agency begins.

Injury
Illness - Questionable 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.

Jerick McKinnon
News
McKinnon will be joined by free-agent signing Latavius Murray in the Minnesota backfield, 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports.

After managing just 3.4 yards per carry in Adrian Peterson's absence last season, McKinnon had to know the team would bring in serious competition even if it chose not to keep Peterson around. Murray isn't the most talented runner, but he does offer versatility and has a better track record than McKinnon. The Vikings could still further upgrade their backfield through the upcoming draft, potentially giving McKinnon competition from multiple sources as he enters the final year of his rookie contract. Murray is the clear favorite to handle the lead back job.

Terence Newman
News
Newman signed a one-year contract to remain with Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Newman was a free agent but will return to the Vikings. Although 37 last season, graded well in coverage. However, he could have a reduced role at age 38 as 2015 first-round draft pick Trae Waynes will compete for the starting job. Or Newman could shift to covering the slot with Captain Munnerlyn leaving to sign with the Panthers.

Harrison Smith
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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
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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.

Injury
Hip - Questionable for the start of training camp
Trae Waynes
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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.

Linval Joseph
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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
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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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