Saturday, February 6, 2016

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The Vikings have certainly been busy with announcements this morning, and it seems they saved the good news for last. After reporting that center John Sullivan was placed on IR, the team announced Thursday morning that wide receiver Jarius Wright signed a contract extension.

According to Ian Rapoport, Wright’s deal is a four-year extension worth $14.8 million, $7 million of that being guaranteed money.

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Starting center underwent lumbar microdiscectomy Wednesday

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If the Vikings weren’t concerned about starting center John Sullivan earlier this week, they should be now. According to the team’s official website, Sullivan underwent a lumbar microdiscectomy on Wednesday and was placed on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list. The injury and subsequent move to the IR means Sullivan can begin practicing after six weeks and playing after eight weeks.

Sullivan, who hadn’t practiced since August 18 because of back spasms, will miss at least half of the 2015 season, making him the second major loss to the Vikings’ starting offensive line. He joins Phil Loadholt on the sideline, leaving Teddy Bridgewater and the offense with a completely revamped group of players up front.

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Adam: Kyle Rudolph
Last year at about this time, there was an expectation that Kyle Rudolph could fit into Norv Turner’s offense in a similar way to what we saw out of Antonio Gates for so many years in San Diego. Health issues combined with poor quarterback play to derail those hopes last season, but Rudolph now appears to be a healthy pass-catching option capable of carrying some preseason chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater over into Week One. My expectations are sky high for Rudolph this season, as I see him as the best safety blanket and red zone target, and would not be surprised to see Rudolph running routes designed to test that weakened linebacker group the Niners are now fielding. Predicting a first touchdown is a fickle thing (heck, it could end up being a defender for all we know) dependent on a ton of unknowns, but I’ll go ahead and plant my Rudolph flag from the get-go. Why not?

Brent: Adrian Peterson
I see no better way for the Vikings to kick off the season and put 2014 behind them than letting Peterson pound his way through the 49er defense for six. Aside for letting bygones be bygones, it would be wise of the Vikings to establish a strong running game early and often to keep some pressure off Teddy Bridgewater and open the field for downfield passing later in the game/season.

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I spent the last week or so in the great state of Alaska, and while I wish I were still catching salmon I can’t overstate how excited I am for this upcoming week of NFL football. More specifically, I am stoked to see how Mike Zimmer’s Vikings perform against the beleaguered San Francisco 49ers under the bright lights on Monday night.

I need to catch up on my Vikings reading and, following the holiday weekend, you may need some catching up yourself.

If that is the case, then fear not, we have all the links!

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are a mere 5 days away from trekking to the Land of Hippies & Silicon to begin the 2015 season, which will also hopefully end in the Land of Hippies & Silicon. Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) makes her weekly pit stop to talk some junk about the the 49ers, Vikings, and especially Cordarrelle. Leslie Frazier gets a random diss as well.

Other “The Niners Miss Jerome Simpson” Talkers Include
• Goodell is Incompetent = Water is Wet
• The Niners black unis are garbage
• The NFL is like the NCAA and FIFA
• The only thing that could stop the NFL is game fixing
• I was on with The Michael Grey Show on 107.3 WBBL yesterday
• Dramatic Prediction: Who will score the Vikings first TD?
• The Rooster cuts. What stuck out to you?
• Sullivan injury concerning? Berger is JAG.
• The starting middle linebacker is irrelevant
• #44 is the best linebacker number. Period
• Scott Studwell looks like Detective Stabler from Law & Order: SVU
• Di: “Bloggers are professionals.”
• ANDY knows why you played in the final preseason game, Blanton
• Robert Blanton is Jose Cuervo…
• Di goes off on Cordarrelle
• We Ninerize’d the Vikings (Spoiler: Not so bad)
• Many of the Niners problems were self inflicted
• America’s newest favorite game: Niner or Nah?
• Di battles the comment section warriors
• Visit our new sponsor Stars Draft for Daily Fantasy Sports!
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All that and other “Gabbert-Watt-Ponder Sandwich” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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