Monday, January 22, 2018

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Mike Zimmer spoke today about Mackensie Alexander and the nickel corner position.

The Vikings lost Captain Munnerlyn this offseason and many believe they never had a real choice, as Munnerlyn had been open in the past about his desire to return to Carolina. That leaves the Vikings with the most notable vacancy at the nickel cornerback position since Antoine Winfield was released in 2013, but this time they have a highly regarded young player waiting in the wings.

That player is Mackensie Alexander, selected last year in the second round of the NFL Draft, and all eyes are on him when the Vikings neglected to fill Munnerlyn’s role via free agency despite some rumored interest in a couple of options.

Today, in an hour-long conversation with the media, Zimmer addressed the situation by both noting Alexander’s improvement throughout his rookie season and pointing out that the young corner still needs to adjust to life in the NFL.

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When Teddy Bridgewater shredded his knee to pieces last preseason in a non-contact injury, the range of timetables for his return varied from the beginning of the 2017 season to never.

The devastating and gruesome injury included a torn ACL and a full dislocation of his left knee, among other things, and left little hope for his career in purple and gold.

Today, Bridgewater provided the first sense of optimism for Vikings fans regarding his recovery. He posted a video on his Instagram story of himself throwing.

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About the Labor: Episode 52 feat. Bailey Cossairt

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Bailey Coissart onto the show to discuss his upcoming Minnesota Vikings documentary “Wide Left” which premieres this Thursday March 30th at 5 p.m. CST on YouTube. The guys all discuss Brian Robison’s contract, Scott Crichton’s release and polarizing former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon.


  • Bailey Coissart interview
  • Discussing Brian Robison’s contract extension/restructure
  • Scott Crichton finding a new home with the Buffalo Bills
  • The Joe Mixon Discussion

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Out with the old (No. 28), in with the new (No. 25)

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Mark Twain once said this of humans: “Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.”

I think back to childhood and remember picking scabs. You’d cut yourself, watch the blood coagulate into a rough piece of skin, then rip the protective layer away with your finger. Why’d we do it? And why do so many people continue to interrupt the body’s natural healing process?

For me, there was something oddly satisfying about the slight rush of pain and the “resetting” of the biological clock. I marveled at my skin’s ability to heal itself time and time again, but as I grew up, I grew out of the habit — or so I thought.