Saturday, August 27, 2016

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The Minnesota Vikings have had a long week to prepare for their preseason home opener, the first Vikings football to ever be played in U.S. Bank Stadium, but it hasn’t exactly been an uneventful week.

Mike Zimmer’s moods have combined with injury reports to make an otherwise ho-hum week quite interesting. But, we’re almost back to some actual football being played, which will then be followed by some roster shaping in the form of cuts.

Today, we take a look around the web in search of the best Vikings content for you all to consume. Click the links, read the reads, and tell ’em who sent ya:

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With two games now under their belts, the 2016 Minnesota Vikings rookie class look like a bunch of savvy veterans out on the field. Well ok, not quite.

But Last week’s preseason contest against the Seattle Seahawks gave the young Vikings another opportunity to remind their team why they drafted them. In their second NFL game, some of Minnesota’s rookies made the most of their time on the field while others barely even got a shot to get their cleats dirty.

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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
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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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