Minnesota Vikings

Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium | Coach: Mike Zimmer
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense10th122.3 (9th)234.6 (10th)
Defense1st83.6 (3rd)192.4 (2nd)
Injuries
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
05/03/18LBDevante DownsKneeQUESTIONABLE (Updated 12/31/1969)
05/01/18WRCayleb JonesSuspensionSUSPENDJones has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports.

Jones, who was on the Vikings' practice squad last season, will be permitted to compete in all of the team's offseason and preseason practices, as well as exhibition games. Once eligible to return from his suspension, his roster prospects will hinge on the health of the team's wideout corps at that juncture.

(Updated 04/30/2018)
04/27/18DLShamar StephenKnee - MeniscusQUESTIONABLEStephen is expected to start at defensive tackle in 2018, Bryan Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

Although Stephen is still rehabbing a meniscus injury he suffered in the divisional round of the playoffs, he's in line to jump Nazair Jones (ankle) on the depth chart and take over as a starter. A 2014 seventh-round pick, Stephen signed with the Seahawks on March 24 after a season in which he accrued 28 tackles (nine solo) in 15 games. Stephen hasn't worked much as a full-time starter in his career, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of upside he flashes with extended opportunity.

(Updated 04/06/2018)
04/21/18LBKentrell BrothersSuspensionSUSPEND (Updated 12/31/1969)
03/02/18TEKyle RudolphAnkleQUESTIONABLERudolph (ankle) said that he has been participating in spring drills on a limited basis, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Rudolph played through an ankle injury from Week 14 through the NFC championship game, but required surgery in mid-to-late February. He transitioned from a cast to a walking boot in early March, apparently making good progress in the subsequent weeks. While he may be limited throughout the offseason program, Rudolph seems to be on track for full participation at the start of training camp, if not sooner. His presence at voluntary workouts should help him build relationships with new quarterback Kirk Cousins and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

(Updated 04/25/2018)
02/21/18DLSharrif FloydKnee - MeniscusDOUBTFULFloyd (knee) is still awaiting a settlement of the grievance he filed last September to recoup the $6.76 million he was owed for the 2017 season, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The Vikings exercised Floyd's fifth-year team option last April, despite the defensive end having undergone arthroscopic surgery to repair his meniscus in September 2016. During the operation, a nerve in his right knee was disrupted, which stymied his recovery and prevented him from playing in 2017. Rather than placing Floyd on injured reserve, Minnesota stashed him on the reserve/Non-Football Injury list for the entire 2017 season, a designation that allowed the Vikings to pay the defensive tackle an amount of their choosing rather than the $6.76 million salary figure. Floyd contends that his knee injury shouldn't have been classified as a non-football injury and that he should have been placed on IR, which would have guaranteed him the full salary. It remains to be seen when a resolution to the contract squabble will come forth, but no matter how the situation plays out, it's quite likely that Floyd's NFL career is over due to the nerve damage in his right leg.

(Updated 02/21/2018)
02/05/18TEBlake BellShoulder - AC JointQUESTIONABLEBell (shoulder) is expected to be a limited participant in spring drills starting April 16, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Bell is rehabbing from shoulder surgery he underwent in December. In his third season, Bell made just three catches for 19 yards and zero touchdowns behind Kyle Rudolph (ankle) on the depth chart. As long as Rudolph is on the Vikings' roster, Bell will likely remain a situational, run-blocking tight end.

(Updated 03/13/2018)
02/05/18RBDalvin CookKnee - ACLQUESTIONABLEVikings coach Mike Zimmer said Sunday that Cook (knee) remains ahead of schedule, noting that the running back likely will get some work in OTAs this week but still figures to have limitations until training camp, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

Given that Cook suffered an ACL tear Week 4 last year, there was never much chance he'd be cleared for all activities prior to training camp. He still seems to be on track for the best-case scenario, which involves limited participation throughout OTAs and mandatory minicamp, followed by full clearance for the start of training camp in late July. With any luck, reports in the coming weeks will elaborate on the extent of Cook's involvement during OTAs. Barring any major setbacks, he should be headed for a workload similar to the one he handled last September, when he piled up 61 carries and 10 catches in his three healthy games.

(Updated 05/21/2018)
01/30/18LBAnthony BarrHamstringQUESTIONABLEBarr suffered a hamstring injury during the NFC championship game against the Eagles, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "It kind of lingered on [in game] and it just kind of gave out toward the end, it could of been a factor," Barr said Tuesday. "I just didn't play well. Whether I was injured or not, it doesn't really make a difference."

It now makes sense that Barr was scratched from last Sunday's Pro Bowl, his third time being selected to the event. He'll now focus on returning from the hamstring injury in hopes of not missing any team workouts during the offseason. In 16 regular-season games, Barr recorded a career-high 75 tackles (52 solo), six passes defensed and one sack.

(Updated 01/30/2018)
01/21/18DBAndrew SendejoCalfQUESTIONABLESendejo (calf) recorded 80 tackles, seven pass breakups and two interceptions over 13 games in 2017.

Overshadowed by a pair of 2017 first-team All-Pros in his own secondary (Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes), Sendejo quietly put together an outstanding season in his own right and ultimately finished the year as Pro Football Focus' 17th-ranked safety out of 89 qualifiers. In fact, opposing quarterbacks managed a meager 69.6 passer rating when throwing into Sendejo's coverage and his 80 tackles checks in at 22nd among all defensive backs. The 30-year-old veteran, who remains under contract with Minnesota for another two seasons, injured his calf during the Vikings' NFC championship loss to the Eagles but there's been no reported concern over his availability for the start of offseason workouts.

(Updated 02/02/2018)
 
 
 
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