Sunday, December 17, 2017

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Mike Zimmer

Tuesday featured a lot of good news on the Minnesota Vikings injury front, including the return of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, but head coach Mike Zimmer’s media dealings continue to dominate conversations this week.

Yesterday, a post-practice pow wow with the press generated some more buzz, with 1500 ESPN staple Judd Zulgad attempting to do the opposite of a Ben Leber sideline interview. Zulgad, who has been vocal about Zimmer’s antics in recent days, pressed Zimmer fairly hard for an explanation as to why he won’t reveal whether or not Adrian Peterson will play against San Diego on Sunday.

The press conference started with some pleasantries regarding Sid Hartman and Rhett Ellison, but things got a little tense a few minutes later.

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Crystal Balling the Fringe Vikings Guys [PODCAST]

90-man rosters are like an episode of Game of Thrones: Not everyone is going to make it.

But what lies ahead for some of these fringe Minnesota Vikings players that are likely to be cut in the next two weeks? I do my best Miss Cleo (RIP) impression and look into my magic ball to see the future of these players. Some of their futures include football. Some include being a manager at HuHot.

All that and other “CALL ME NOW.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Vikings practice
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

A sloppy Sunday practice and Monday off day are all but forgotten after a newsworthy Minnesota Vikings practice this afternoon. Speculation ruled the airwaves, with fans and the media anxiously anticipating Teddy Bridgewater’s return to the field. Bridgewater wasn’t the only player to resume practices, though, as the Vikings welcomed a few needed names to the huddle on Tuesday.

Joining Bridgewater were Shaun Hill, Eric Kendricks, Sharrif Floyd, Matt Asiata, and Matt Kalil, as well as a tight end fighting to make his way onto the final 53-man roster. Rhett Ellison, who missed all of training camp while rehabbing a torn patellar tendon, was activated off the PUP list and returned to practice for the first time this offseason.

Xavier Rhodes, who left last week’s game with a hamstring injury, missed his third straight practice. Anthony Harris and Scott Crichton accompanied him on the sidelines with undisclosed injuries.

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**I’m Putting It In Big Bold Letters At The Top Of This Post: I Fully Acknowledge And Admit That This Is Nothing But Silly Speculation And Simple Fun. A Trade For Joey Bosa Is Highly Unlikely To Actually Occur**

August 28th’s game against the San Diego Chargers is just a preseason scrimmage, but it marks a big moment… the first game of Minnesota Vikings football to be played in U.S. Bank Stadium. The night will feature plenty to show off, from the sights and sounds of the stadium to, perhaps, a little magic.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman should genuinely consider inviting his San Diego counterpart, Tom Telesco, to one of those luxury suites to partake in the festivities. With any luck, Telesco gets swept up in some of that magic, and Spielman is able to show off some of his own skills by inquiring into the availability of an extremely talented young man that has yet to show up to the Chargers’ building.

Of course, I’ve been around the block long enough to know that this article is essentially just fan fiction and that NFL trades aren’t as simple as video games might have us believe. But if you are looking to take a break from the obsessive monitoring of Minnesota’s injury situations, then take this fantastical leap with me for a few minutes.

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Based on some of the recent reactions to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater missing a preseason game last Thursday against the Seattle Seahawks due to shoulder soreness, some would have thought he broke his face and was going to miss the entire 2016 regular season.

But he did not, and he is still on track to open the season as the Vikings’ starter for their Week 1 matchup against the Tennessee Titans. As long as Minnesota does not let him try and clean his own cleats with a pair of scissors, he should be good to go for the team’s first game.

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