Chris Tomasson, St. Paul Pioneer Press
DENVER -- The leaves fall in October and so does Teddy Bridgewater. Last year as a rookie, the Vikings quarterback hit the ground 14 times in three games during the month, including an eight-sack game against Detroit. On Sunday at Sports Authority Field, there was more October misery for Bridgewater, who was sacked seven times in a 23-20 loss to Denver.
CHICAGO -- The Vikings haven’t had stability at middle linebacker since E.J. Henderson left after the 2011 season. It only was appropriate that Henderson on Friday night announced that Minnesota...
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — This is supposedly a new era under Mike Zimmer. But Sunday it looked a lot like Leslie Frazier’s last season as Vikings coach. Minnesota dropped four...
MINNEAPOLIS — Nobody wants to see Mike Zimmer mad. Vikings rookie linebacker Anthony Barr cites that as one reason he wants to improve. Barr, taken No. 9 overall in the May NFL Draft, has been solid in his first three games. He wants to be a lot better than that. “There’s a lot of stuff I need to correct,” Barr said. “I’ve just got to continue to get better. ... If I’m not going to do them right, coach gets mad, the team gets mad. So let’s just make everybody happy and do it the right way.” It might take a lot for Barr to really make Zimmer happy.
MINNEAPOLIS — With public pressure growing, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken both said Tuesday that the Vikings should not have reinstated running back Adrian Peterson to play after he was charged with child abuse last week in Texas. The Vikings on Monday said Peterson would practice this week and play in Sunday’s game at New Orleans as the team waits for the legal system to play out.
MANKATO, Minn. — Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson already considers himself a “Rising Star.’’ Sports Illustrated is putting it in print. The magazine has an annual “Rising Stars’’ series, which profiles expected breakthrough athletes in multiple sports. Patterson is featured in that category in an upcoming issue. “If they say it, of course I’m going to agree with them,’’ Patterson said Wednesday at training camp at Minnesota State-Mankato. It’s anticipated by many that Patterson really will break out in his second season.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has made it clear. He wants Matt Cassel back. Cassel last month opted out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent. But the Vikings are hoping to retain the quarterback when they can begin signing free agents on Tuesday. Zimmer already has talked to Cassel about returning. “I would love to have Matt Cassel back if Matt Cassel wants to be back,” Zimmer said Thursday. “I don’t know if that will happen or won’t happen. But we’re going to find a quarterback somewhere. ...