Monday, January 23, 2017

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Former Gophers Wide Receiver Isaac Fruechte Added to 53-Man Roster

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The Minnesota Vikings are finishing off the 2016 season the same way they began it — by placing a starter on injured reserved. Effective immediately, Minnesota has deactivated safety Andrew Sendejo for Sunday’s Week 17 matchup with the Chicago Bears and signed former University of Minnesota wide receiver Isaac Fruechte to the active 53-man roster.

Sendejo, who had been enjoying the best season of his seven-year career, had not practiced all week due to a knee injury.

Vikings Injury Report - Week 17
Vikings Injury Report – Week 17

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Vikings Must Rediscover Their Identity
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The Minnesota Vikings face a bit of an identity crisis. The team that started the regular season 5-0 is suddenly 5-3, stuck in the middle of an ugly three-game losing streak.

Minnesota’s vaunted defense isn’t just bending, it’s breaking. The offense, mired in mediocrity, is making the slow transition from Norv Turner to newly-minted offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. And head coach Mike Zimmer, for all his acclaim, can’t seem to right the ship.

It’s not that the Vikings were a bad team simply squeaking by; at one point, the defense was compared to the vaunted 1985 Chicago Bears. And it’s not that the roster is full of holes; general manager Rick Spielman’s long been praised for his ability to draft, develop, and maintain a deep collection of talented players.

No, it’s that the Vikings have lost their identity.

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This week, we bid adeiu to Uncle Norv. I try to decipher what the offense will look like going forward, and examine the Vikings fanbase’s rich history of dissatisfaction with offensive coordinators. Plus, the real reason the defense has regressed the last two games, and one final voyage for the o’l NORV shirt.

All this, and my (terrible) touchdown pick and score prediction. It’s Bump & Run, Week 9; we’re not going away, so you might as well get used to it.

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Marcus Sherels' Place
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With Minnesota Vikings punt returner Marcus Sherels out against the Chicago Bears, a few players may see extra special teams playing time on Monday Night. Sherels injured his wrist in the team’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last week and will miss his first game since 2011 when he began fielding punts in purple and gold.

One player who could take his place is Cordarrelle Patterson, who was questionable entering the night but passed the NFL’s concussion protocol in time for Monday Night Football. He’s returned punts before but has primarily been a kick returner for the Vikings. Adam Thielen also fielded punts during the preseason but has never taken a regular season snap at the position.

The rest of Minnesota’s inactive players include:

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