St. Paul Pioneer Press
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Chad Greenway's vacation to Mexico got even better Thursday. The linebacker and Mount Vernon native reached a one-year deal to return to the Vikings for an 11th and final season. He announced the news on Twitter. "Nobody is more excited than me to help lead this team one more time!'' Greenway wrote. "Dream achieved, going out a Viking! #Skol.'' Vikings defensive end Brian Robison said he spoke Thursday to Greenway, who is vacationing with his wife and children, and his longtime teammate was thrilled.
MANKATO, Minn. — The Vikings started practice early Thursday. If you ask Mike Zimmer, they never really showed up. Practice was moved up to 9 a.m. for the final day of training camp at Minnesota State Mankato.
CANTON, Ohio — Anthony Barr started his first Vikings regular-season game as an NFL rookie. It would be a big surprise if Trae Waynes ends up doing the same. Barr, a linebacker, was taken with the No. 9 pick in the 2014 draft and made an immediate impact. Waynes, a cornerback selected No. 11 this year, is finding it tough adjusting to the NFL. In Sunday night's 14-3 win over Pittsburgh in the Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Waynes had three penalties, although one was declined.
MINNEAPOLIS—The University of Minnesota has accepted the resignation of athletics director Norwood Teague, the school announced Friday morning on Twitter. President Erik Kaler is expected to address the situation at a 12:15 p.m. news conference. Teague told KARE-11 reporter Jana Shortal Friday morning the decision was related to a recent incident at a university event. "I had entirely too much to drink and behaved badly towards nice people, and sent truly inappropriate texts," Teague said in a video interview.
MANKATO, Minn. — When seven-year veteran wide receiver Mike Wallace arrived in Minnesota, he knew little about Charles Johnson. He barely had heard of Adam Thielen. Wallace was acquired by the Vikings in March from the Miami Dolphins. He had no idea then that his new team had so much depth at receiver. "I'm a lot more impressed now than when I got here," Wallace said at training camp. "I didn't know much about (Minnesota's receivers) when I got here. But I like (Johnson) more every day. Thielen is a really good football player, and he's like your fifth or sixth guy. That's crazy.
CHICAGO — Two Gophers opponents this season, Ohio State and Texas Christian, debuted at No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the first Amway Coaches Poll released Thursday. The Gophers received 25 votes, which put them outside of the poll at No. 34. With 166 votes, Tennessee was No. 25 in the ranking formerly known as the USA Today Coaches Poll. After a 6-1 start last season, the Gophers were ranked No. 24 in mid-October before losing 28-24 to unranked Illinois the following Saturday. The Gophers will start this season against TCU on Sept. 3 at TCF Bank Stadium, a Thursday night game.
MANKATO, Minn. — Linval Joseph has been to a Super Bowl. Now, he figures it's time for a Pro Bowl. The 26-year-old defensive tackle, who won a ring with the New York Giants in 2011, signed a five-year, $31.5 million free-agent contract in 2014 with the Vikings. But his first year with the team was a bit of a disappointment, with Joseph missing time in spring drills after shoulder surgery and then being out three weeks in August after being hit in the leg by a stray bullet. But Joseph is healthy now.
ST. PAUL—The Twins signed veteran outfielder Torii Hunter over the winter to mentor a talented but young team as a clubhouse leader. It was a smart — if expensive — move that has helped push Minnesota into playoff contention with August on the doorstep. With baseball's non-waiver trade deadline set to expire at 3 p.m. Friday, Hunter wasn't shy about a little advice for the front office. Asked if he's hoping for a deal to improve Minnesota's postseason chances, the $10 million right fielder said, "Yeah, I am.
MANKATO, Minn. — Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has a full toolbox again, including a trusty hammer that is hardly rusty. He only deployed running back Adrian Peterson for one game in 2014 before a child abuse scandal banished the superstar for the rest of the season, leaving Minnesota without its offensive fulcrum. But Peterson returned to the Vikings on June 2 and was quickly reintegrated into Turner's system, which debuted last year with Mike Zimmer's coaching regime. "When he comes out here and I watch him, he's way ahead of everybody else," Turner said Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, a Mount Vernon native, was named Tuesday one of 32 nominees for the first NFL Sportsmanship Award. Each team nominated a player for the...