Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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Vikings sign free agent defensive end Justin Trattou

The Minnesota Vikings have one of the youngest, most sustainable rosters in the entire NFL. It’s a group of players that helped the Vikings finish 11-5 and atop the NFC North for the first time since 2009. When a team is built to last, such as Rick Spielman’s in Minnesota, it’s hard to argue blowing that team up through free agency.

Spielman’s most recent moves — signing Alex Boone and building depth at linebacker — signal his efforts to retain core contributors and fill necessary holes only when necessary. That’s why today’s announcement from veteran defensive end Justin Trattou comes as no surprise; he’s returning to the team on a one-year deal.

Trattou shared via Instagram that he’s “excited and proud” to “pick up” where the Vikings left off last year and told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press that the Vikings are the “best young team in the NFL.”

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Vikings Injury Report
NamePositionInjuryWed.Thur.Fri. Status
Floyd, SharrifDTKnee/ankleDNPDNPDNPOUT
Trattou, JustinDEFootDNPDNPDNPOUT
Asiata, MattRBRibLimitedLimitedFullProbable
Clemmings, T.J.TKneeLimitedLimitedFullProbable
Griffen, EversonDEIllnessDNPFullFullProbable
Johnson, CharlesWRRibFullFullFullProbable
Munnerlyn, CaptainCBThumb_____FullFullProbable
Newman, TerenceCBAnkleLimitedLimitedFullProbable
Peterson, AdrianRB FingerLimitedLimitedFullProbable
Wright, JariusWRHandFullFullFullProbable

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Vikings Injury Report
NamePositionInjuryWed.Thur.Fri. Status
Justin TrattouDEFootDNPDNPDNPOUT
Charles JohnsonWRRibLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable
Andrew SendejoSKneeLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable
Rhett EllisonTEKnee_______LimitedLimitedProbable
Jabari PriceCBShoulderFullFullFullProbable
Mike WallaceWRKneeDNPLimitedFullProbable
Jarius WrightWRHandFullFullFullProbable

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The Minnesota Vikings will be without a few key players this week when they take the field against the Denver Broncos, including wide receiver Charles Johnson and rotational defensive end Justin Trattou. Johnson left last week’s game with a rib injury, while Trattou was shaken up after suffering a foot injury against the San Diego Chargers.

Johnson’s deactivation — and the questionable status of Jarius Wright — means Vikings fans will get their first look at rookie (preseason) sensation Stefon Diggs, who is active for the first time this season. Other inactive players include:

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Phil Loadholt is already done for the season, John Sullivan won’t return to the field until at least the second half of the year, and before the release of today’s inactive list, fans worried left guard Brandon Fusco would miss the Vikings’ Week 3 matchup with the San Diego Chargers.

Fear not — Fusco has cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol, is active for today’s game, and will likely start. Seven other players, however, will not suit up against the Chargers. They include:

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