Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Photo courtesy of Jenna King-Shepherd

Jenna King-Shepherd, wife of Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings rookie offensive lineman Austin Shepherd, joined the show to talk about all things Purple (and some Crimson). We chatted about life as a football wife, the Austin Shepherd Foundation, transitioning to life in the Northstar State coming from Alabama, and I run her through a round of Minnesota Trivia!

All that and other “ROLLLLLL VIKINGS & SKOL Tide” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Photo courtesy of Vikings.com

Brock Vereen is returning to Minnesota to play football, this time for the Vikings.

The former University of Minnesota standout was signed by the Vikings on Thursday to the team’s practice squad. A spot was left vacant when linebacker Brian Peters was signed off the practice squad to the Houston Texans’ active roster.

Vereen, 23, was a fourth-round draft pick by Chicago just last year.

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(photo courtesy of Vikings.com)

Adam: Seattle Seahawks (1-2)
After three weeks of regular season action, I can honestly say that there is not much about the current standings that significantly surprise me. Part of that response might simply be because I expect some anomalies in the beginning of the season, as teams figure out their own identities, and that very little about the NFL surprises me these days.

I will say, however, that I would not have guessed that the Seattle Seahawks would be sitting there with a losing record at this point. Losing to Green Bay and beating Chicago are not overly surprising, but St. Louis blindsiding them in Week One sets them back in a way I cannot claim to have foreseen.

Lindsey: New Orleans Saints (0-3)
I had a feeling the Saints would struggle this year, and it’s not like their 7-9 record in 2014 was overly impressive. However, I definitely did not expect them to start the season with triple losses. I expected Arizona to beat New Orleans in Week 2, but seeing Drew Brees and Co. get beat at home by the Buccaneers in Week 2 absolutely caught me off guard. The Panthers are showing themselves to be a contender, already off to a 3-0 start, but I have to say I was still surprised to see the Saints lose to Carolina most recently. Their next game is Sunday Night Football against Dallas, and even without Tony Romo, I think the Saints are looking at an 0-4 start for the first time since 2007.

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All eyes will be on the star cornerback this week

Image courtesy of Vikings.com

In what may be the most important, and crucial development heading into the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 4 game against the Denver Broncos, cornerback Xavier Rhodes has passed the NFL’s concussion protocol. The news, announced by head coach Mike Zimmer in a press conference Wednesday morning, paves the way for Rhodes to start this Sunday against one of the league’s most dangerous offenses and receiving corps.

The surprising clearance comes just days after a vicious hit that left Rhodes motionless on the field against the San Diego Chargers. Safety Andrew Sendejo collided with Rhodes while trying to break up a pass to Keenan Allen,  hitting Rhodes’s head and jerking his neck back in the process. When asked how concerned he was about the injury, Zimmer praised his cornerback’s toughness.

“I’m always concerned about my players when they get hurt, but Xav’s pretty tough,” Zimmer said on Monday. “I know he’ll be all right.”

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings (2-1) are on to Denver as we invade the undefeated Denver Broncos’ Mile High perch and try to break the stallions in the late game Sunday afternoon. The Purple are 0-3 all-time vs Peyton Manning, while Mike Zimmer is 1-5 against Chicken Parm as a defensive coordinator.

Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) of The Daily Norseman stops in to chat about the rekindled Zimmer Hellfire Defense, why Vikings Rubes need to relax on Teddy, how the Bears are a barren wasteland of nothingness that needs to be blown up & rebuilt, and how we both hate/respect the hell out of Aaron Rodgers. (Even though PFF only hate/hates him…)

All that and other “Start Over” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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