Berger announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reports.
Berger was previously thought to have been on board to play a 14th professional season. It's not clear why he may have changed his mind. Regardless, the soon-to-be 36-year-old can look back on a respectable NFL career in which he logged 84 starts in 145 game appearances, suiting up for each of the Vikings, Dolphins, Cowboys and Panthers. With Berger out of the picture, Minnesota could turn to the recently-signed Tom Compton to fill in at right guard, according to ESPN.
Berger plans to continue his NFL career in 2018, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Berger, who will turn 36 years old in May, had contemplated retirement last offseason, but ultimately returned to the Vikings. It appears he needed less time to decide his future following the past season, though it's uncertain if he'll be retained by Minnesota. The veteran guard will become an unrestricted free agent March 14.
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.
Berger (concussion) was a full participant in Friday's practice and is questionable for Sunday's tilt with the Colts.
Berger's full participation means he passed concussion protocol testing, a reassuring sign that he'll be able to take the field Sunday. Look for updates to come before kickoff, with Nick Easton waiting in the wings should Berger be ruled out.
Berger (concussion) will not play in Sunday's tilt with the Jaguars, ESPN's Ben Goessling reports.
Berger has yet to clear the league's concussion protocol and could wind up missing additional games if he isn't cleared within the coming days.
Berger (concussion) has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Cowboys, ESPN reports.
Berger suffered a concussion last Thursday against the Lions and remains under protocol. In his place, Nick Easton projects to get the start at center.
Berger (concussion) is under the NFL's concussion protocol, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.
Berger exited Thursday's game against the Lions after experiencing concussion-like symptoms and will now have a series of hurdles to pass through before playing again.
Berger (concussion) is ruled out for the remainder of Thursday's game against the Lions.
Berger has played on every single one of the Vikings' offensive snaps this season. Now, no player can make that claim. Nick Easton will take over at center.
The Vikings have re-signed offensive lineman Joe Berger to a two-year deal, ESPN.com reports.
"He's excited to be able to play in the new stadium (the Vikings will open in 2016)," his agent, Tom Tafelski, said. "It's a great organization, a great sports city, a great quality of life. We're excited we got it done."
Berger started nine games at right guard last season. He could compete for a starting role next season depending on what else the team accomplishes in free agency and the draft.
Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson and guard Joe Berger are looking for significant raises after playing last season on one-year minimum deals, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Johnson ranked second on the team with 6.5 sacks. Berger began the year as a backup and ended up starting nine games. Both are headed for unrestricted free agency.
The Vikings will re-sign offensive lineman Joe Berger to a one-year deal, according to the Star Tribune Tuesday. Berger spent the previous three seasons with the Vikings primarily as a backup, but did make two starts a year ago.