Purple Rumor Mill: Purple-on-Purple Unis, Winston Out, Benching a Starter

Purple Rumor Mill: Purple-on-Purple Unis, Winston Out, Benching a Starter
Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) and wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports.

VikingsTerritory’s Purple Rumor Mill is a two-day chronicle each week. All the week’s rumors are lassoed and plopped in two spots — articles on Saturday and Sunday — for review. Today is the October 2nd edition.

Remember — rumors are rumors. What you read on weekends in these pieces is what the world is talking about pertaining to the Vikings, not necessarily items that will come to fruition.

Rumor: The Vikings will wear all purple in London.

Jan 5, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook -USA TODAY Sports.

This is correct. The Vikings wear the special purple pants in Week 4.

They break these out on special occasions — usually when they play the Saints — and will do so again across the pond. The Vikings last wore the purple-on-purple outfits on Christmas day of 2020, when New Orleans delivered a 52-33 beatdown.

Rumor: Jameis Winston is out, and Andy Dalton is in.

Aug 26, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Winston has not fully recovered from his back injury, leading him to Doubtful status on Friday’s injury report. Eventually on Saturday, New Orleans ruled Winston out for Week 4.

Insert Dalton, who’s faced the Vikings four times in his career with three different teams – the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, and Chicago Bears. Dalton’s teams are 2-2 against the Vikings.

Rumor: The Vikings could bench Chandon Sullivan soon.

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Jul 28, 2022; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chandon Sullivan. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

This is not imminent and was only a “suggestion” from Bleacher Report.

BR‘s Alex Ballentine explained in an article about “one player every team should bench” that Sullivan is struggling as the Vikings slot corner and could be consequently benched.

While that’s possible, the entire Vikings defensive unit is dealing with “bend don’t break” blues, and it’s not just a Sullivan ordeal. Minnesota would pivot to rookie Akayleb Evans if the Sullivan benching chatter materializes, but for now, it’s just some guy’s theory.




Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).