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  • Nick Bosa Punished for Illegal Hit That Sidelined Vikings Starter

    Heavy "The NFL has decided to fine San Francisco 49ers rookie Nick Bosa for administering a blindside block that sidelined one of Minnesota’s starters during last week’s divisional game. After Kirk Cousins threw an interception partway into the third quarter,..." January 18

  • On new labor deal, “ball at the 30 yard line and going in”

    Pro Football Talk "Despite posturing that is both predictable and necessary to getting a deal done, a new labor agreement seems to be on the horizon. As one source with knowledge of the dynamics explained it to PFT, the “ball [is] at the 30 yard line and going in.” While the source added..." January 18

  • Looming head coach opportunities may have impacted offensive coordinators during the 2020 playoffs

    CBS Sports "The playoffs have not been kind to hotshot offensive coordinators. The play callers on that side of the ball, who were being courted for head coaching vacancies, simply did not fare favorably. In some cases, it was downright ugly. It's always a tricky proposition,..." January 17

  • Mike Hughes’ neck injury is a broken vertebrae

    Daily Norseman "In the lead-up to the Minnesota Vikings’ playoff game on Wild Card Weekend against the New Orleans Saints, cornerback Mike Hughes was a full participant in the first practice of the week, according to the injury reports. He was theny downgraded to limited participation..." January 16

  • Latest On NFL Labor Talks

    Pro Football Rumors "The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement expires in March 2021, which means that a labor stoppage could be on the horizon. The owners and players have been talking for months about a new deal and the latest update brings reason for optimism.  In an NFLPA memo to..." January 16

  • Demi Lovato To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl In Comeback After '18 OD

    People "Just two days after revealing she’ll take the 2020 Grammy Awards‘ stage later this month, Demi Lovato has announced she’ll perform the national anthem at Super Bowl LIV. The pop superstar, 27, broke the news on Instagram, sharing an official photo touting..." January 16

  • Steelers owner: League to examine Rooney Rule

    Clutch Points "There were five teams in the NFL that hired new head coaches and there were concerns that arose pertaining to the hires. Due to the lack of hires for coaches of ethnic-minority, the league is considering making changes to the Rooney Rule. The Rooney Rule was named..." January 15

  • Is early retirement in NFL a trend? Only for the elite money makers

    CBS Sports "The best tight end of all time, the most heralded quarterback prospect since John Elway and now the best middle linebacker of the 2010s have all retired in the past year before their 30th birthday. Luke Kuechly's surprise news Tuesday night added to the growing list of..." January 15

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Centennial Class revealed "The Pro Football Hall of Fame Centennial Class of 2020's remaining 13 inductees -- 10 seniors and three contributors -- are being revealed today on Good Morning Football live on NFL Network. They follow the previous announcements over the weekend of Bill..." January 15

  • Vikings need new coordinators with Kevin Stefanski leaving, George Edwards let go

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer will be searching for two new coordinators, but said Monday morning he’s hoping for continuity in both his offense and defense. The Vikings’ season ended Saturday in an NFC divisional playoff loss to San Francisco. Offensive coordinator..." January 13

  • Mike Zimmer sought advice from Bill Parcells on getting Vikings ‘over the hump’

    Larry Brown Sports "For the third time in five years, the Minnesota Vikings made the playoffs but fell short of the ultimate goal of reaching and winning a Super Bowl under coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer is now 2-3 in the playoffs after Saturday’s defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. The fact..." January 13

  • Fritz Pollard Alliance Slams NFL Hiring Practices

    Pro Football Talk "There was a time when some thought the Fritz Pollard Alliance failed to show sufficient zeal regarding the league’s hiring practices. Those days definitely have ended. Now led by former NFL G.M. and league executive Rod Graves, who last week called the situation..." January 13

  • Vikings’ Mike Zimmer signals massive roster overhaul

    Sportsnaut "The Minnesota Vikings’ 2019 season came to an ugly conclusion Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. The final score of 27-10 doesn’t do the game justice. Minnesota was whooped on both sides of the ball, ending its season in..." January 13

  • Browns Request Interview With Vikings’ George Paton

    WKYC "After reportedly hiring Kevin Stefanski as their new head coach, it appeared to be all but a foregone conclusion that the Cleveland Browns would rehire Andrew Berry as their new general manager. As it turns out, that may not be the case. According to ESPN's Adam..." January 13

  • Has the Vikings’ championship window with their once elite defense closed?

    Clutch Points "The Minnesota Vikings fell to the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs on Saturday, ending their quest to make their long-awaited return to the Super Bowl. Such a journey will have to wait another year, but the question is, do the Vikings..." January 13

  • Everson Griffen wants to stay with Vikings

    Yahoo! Sports "The Vikings reworked defensive end Everson Griffen‘s contract ahead of the 2019 season and included a clause that would void the remainder of the deal if he recorded at least six sacks during the regular season. Griffen had eight sacks for the Vikings, which means that..." January 13

  • Mike Zimmer expects to have conversations about his contract soon

    Pro Football Talk "The 2020 season is the last season on Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s current contract, but he doesn’t want it to be his last year in Minnesota. Zimmer said today that he expects to have conversations with ownership about his contract and a possible extension soon. " January 13

  • Vikings DC George Edwards Not Expected To Return

    Daily Norseman "With the Vikings off-seaspn barely 24 hours old, it looks like they will be in the market for two new coordinators. Earlier this morning we told you Kevin Stefanski was going to become the new coach of the Cleveland Browns, and now it looks like defensive coordinator..." January 13

  • Vikings Likely To Cut Xavier Rhodes; Latest On Everson Griffen

    Pro Football Rumors "Earlier today, we discussed a possible extension for Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, an extension that would give Minnesota some much-needed cap space. In addition to a potential new deal for Cousins, Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune notes that other priorities for the..." January 12

  • Browns to hire Vikings’ Kevin Stefanski to be next HC "And then there was none. The only team left in the NFL landscape looking for a head coach has found its man in a familiar candidate. The Cleveland Browns are planning to hire Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as their new head coach, NFL..." January 12

  • Latest On Vikings, Kirk Cousins

    Pro Football Rumors "Vikings QB Kirk Cousins managed to quiet his critics for a week after last week’s upset win over the Saints in the wildcard round of the playoffs, but those critics are back with a vengeance after Cousins and Minnesota went out with a whimper in the team’s divisional round..." January 12

  • Michael Thomas was very happy to see the Vikings struggle against the 49ers

    Yahoo! Sports "The Minnesota Vikings struggled on Saturday afternoon, and Michael Thomas couldn’t have been happier. The New Orleans Saints wide receiver was tweeting up a storm at the end of the Vikings’ 27-10 divisional round loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s..." January 12

  • Crazy Statistic Proves Kirk Cousins’ Brother Kyle Helps Vikings Win

    Heavy "While the San Francisco 49ers might be 7 point favorites over the Vikings in the NFC Divisional match-up on Saturday, Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins’ has a good luck charm up his sleeve, or should we say, sitting in the stands. Cousins’..." January 11

  • Brian O’Neill evaluated for concussion after hit from Nick Bosa

    Larry Brown Sports "Minnesota Vikings tackle Brian O’Neill left Saturday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers after an ugly blind-side block by Nick Bosa. " January 11

  • 17-Game Schedule Holding Up CBA?

    Pro Football Rumors "Introduced during these collective bargaining agreement discussions, the 17-game schedule has become one of the central components of the negotiations. It appears the talks are progressing, and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports (on Twitter) the revised schedule is likely to be part of..." January 11

  • Minnesota Vikings To Begin Dalvin Cook Re-Up Talks

    Pro Football Rumors "The loaded 2017 running back class is now extension-eligible, and the group that houses Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Aaron Jones and others stands to reshape the running back market. The Vikings certainly employ a back on that tier and will soon explore keeping him in..." January 11

  • Mike Shanahan gets upstaged by kids during TV shot

    Larry Brown Sports "The story of the winter run of football is quickly turning into former coaches being upstages in private boxes by unruly children. " January 11

  • Vikings Worked out 41-Year-Old CB Coach Terence Newman Amid Injuries

    Bleacher Report "The Minnesota Vikings reportedly worked out 41-year-old defensive backs coach Terence Newman this week and nearly signed him after cornerbacks Mackensie Alexander and Mike Hughes were placed on injured reserve. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Field..." January 11

  • Vikings' Adam Thielen ready to 'let it ride' after injury scare "Vikings star receiver Adam Thielen is expected to play in Saturday's divisional playoff against the 49ers. A few days ago, that seemed very much in doubt after a scary scene in practice, as described in detail by sources informed of the situation. When Thielen..." January 11

  • Divisional round road teams have a puncher’s chance to win

    NBC Sports "In 1990, the NFL expanded the playoff field from 10 to 12 teams, resulting in four (not two) teams earning a bye. More often than not, the home team that has had a week off wins. But the road teams still have a chance to get lucky. For the 29 postseasons since the change was made, the..." January 11

  • Injured Jerick McKinnon coaching 49ers on what to expect from former team Vikings

    The Mercury News "Jerick McKinnon got poached from the Minnesota Vikings two years ago to become a dynamic factor for the 49ers’ offense. A Sept. 1, 2018 knee injury wrecked the initial plan. McKinnon became a ghost, not just last season but this one. In between those lost seasons,..." January 10

  • Kirk Cousins on Vikings’ endless quest for a Super Bowl win: “What better time than right now?”

    Pro Football Talk "Whether Sunday’s overtime win over the Saints represented a glitch in the matrix or the busting through of a ceiling for quarterback Kirk Cousins remains to be seen. But Cousins’ ability to make two huge throws in a huge game has him hoping that he finally has landed in an..." January 10

  • More quarterbacks are using their hands to catch passes

    Boston "Tom Brady tried it. Nick Foles perfected it. More quarterbacks are doing it. Catching passes isn’t just for wide receivers, tight ends and running backs anymore. Coaches aren’t shy about drawing up trick plays that let quarterbacks use their hands for more than throwing a..." January 10

  • Browns Reportedly Down To Josh McDaniels, Kevin Stefanski & Brian Daboll For HC Job

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, citing two sources, reports that the Browns are planning to wrap up their head-coaching search on Friday and hope to hire their next head coach by tonight or tomorrow. According to Volin, it appears as though the Browns are down to Patriots OC Josh..." January 10

  • Mackensie Alexander goes on IR, Jayron Kearse out, Nate Meadors activated by Vikings

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings put cornerback Mackensie Alexander, who had arthroscopic knee this week, on injured reserve Friday, a day before their playoff game against San Francisco. " January 10

  • 5 most attractive NFL free agents entering 2020

    Larry Brown Sports "The 2019 regular season is over, and we’re now onto the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs. That also means we’re just two months and some days removed from the start of the new league year and the craziness that is free agency. This year, free agency is going to have a..." January 10

  • How Bill Belichick assistants have fared as NFL head coaches (hint: not great)

    USA Today "The recommendations from Nick Saban and Bill Belichick certainly played a part in Joe Judge's candidacy in getting the audience to convince team brass he deserved to be the next coach of the New York Giants. "I knew fully every day that there were coaches out there..." January 10

  • Kyle Rudolph thinks short week creates better focus for Vikings

    Yahoo! Sports "Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer conceded that it is tough to play a game in New Orleans last Sunday and then play at the 49ers’ stadium in Santa Clara, California this Saturday, but said it’s “big boy football” and nothing for the team to complain..." January 09

  • Adam Thielen needed stitches for cut on ankle

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen was added to the team’s injury report on Wednesday for an injury that happened during the team’s practice. Thielen was listed as limited due to an ankle injury and some details about the nature of that injury came to light on..." January 09

  • Vikings WR Stefon Diggs returned to practice on Thursday

    Clutch Points "Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs returned to practice on Thursday, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Media. Diggs was dealing with an illness earlier in the week, but it appears he should be ready to go for Saturday’s game against the San Francisco..." January 09

  • Ex-NFL Exec Says Rooney Rule's A 'Sham,' Here's How To Fix it

    TMZ "Longtime NFL executive Marc Ross says the "Rooney Rule" is a "mockery" and a "sham" and if it isn't fixed, talented minority coaches will continue to be overlooked. If you're not familiar with Ross ... he has 21 years of front office..." January 09

  • Ranking the Remaining 8 QBs In the NFL Playoffs

    Complex "As the NFL playoffs continue this weekend, we're seeing a changing of the guard right in front of our eyes. Tom Brady and Drew Brees were both eliminated during the Wild Card round while the next generation of young QBs are set to battle for a chance in the Super Bowl. With..." January 09

  • NFL owners know the league has a diversity problem and they don't care

    USA Today "The Rooney Rule will be useless until NFL owners acknowledge the real problem. Themselves. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and league officials can compile all the lists they want, consult every diversity expert there is and even browbeat owners into interviewing minority..." January 09

  • 5 Teams That Could Trade up With Lions for Tua Tagovailoa

    Heavy "The Detroit Lions have a mighty tempting option that became available to them in terms of their standing in the NFL Draft with the news that Tua Tagovailoa would be skipping his senior season to head to the NFL. Now, with Tagovailoa on the board, seemingly anything is..." January 09

  • Early birds: The Ravens got ahead with a new, cerebral identity

    The Score "These aren't your father's Ravens. Heck, these Ravens - the ones that rattled off 12 straight wins to claim the AFC North and top seed in the conference - are vastly different from the overpowering and intimidating units that won two Super Bowls and contended for several..." January 09

  • NFL Games Were 41 Of The 50 Most-Watched Television Broadcasts Of 2019

    Daily Snark "FYI: The NFL is not dying. Of the 50 most-watched television broadcasts of 2019, 41 of them were NFL games. Of course, the most-watched broadcast is Super Bowl 53 but the lists also includes of regular season games that were more entertaining than anything else. " January 09

  • Vikings have been waiting for a “You like that”

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins tried to shrug it off, made sure to say last week’s game ball was simply the outcome of a process, which opened the door for the next one. But for his teammates, hearing their oft-criticized leader come out with his joyous..." January 08

  • Stefon Diggs misses second consecutive practice due to illness

    Clutch Points "The Minnesota Vikings are set to hit the road to take on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Round. It seems they are hoping that wide receiver Stefon Diggs will be back to full health before then. According to Chad Graff of The Athletic, he..." January 08

  • Vikings' Adam Thielen suffers ankle injury

    ESPN "Already without Stefon Diggs for a second straight day, the Minnesota Vikings got more bad news at the wide receiver position with Adam Thielen suffering an ankle injury in practice Wednesday. Thielen, whose overtime catch set the Vikings up for..." January 08

  • Evolution Of State Laws Will Make It Harder For NFL To Ban Marijuana

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL continues to ban marijuana use, despite dramatic changes in societal attitudes regarding the consumption of cannabis. But the pressure on the league to change its ways continues to mount. Nevada, the new home in 2020 of the Raiders, has become the first state to prohibit..." January 08