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Published: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:48:32 GMT2016-12-08T01:48:32Z


Cool as a cucumber Devan Dubnyk hopes to win 300th career start

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:36:00 GMT2016-12-08T01:36:00Z

Since coming to the Wild two years ago, Devan Dubnyk is 69-41-11 with a 2.05 goals-against average, .928 save percentage and 14 shutouts in 125 games.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer declares himself 'good to go' [Notebook]

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:52:23 GMT2016-12-08T00:52:23Z

Dayton: Vikings opposition to Minnesota United at U.S. Bank Stadium is 'sour grapes'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:36:16 GMT2016-12-08T01:36:16Z

Governor added that he was “shocked” by the Vikings position.

Vikings resume practice without injured safety Harrison Smith

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:25:25 GMT2016-12-07T21:25:25Z

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he only goes by what he sees in practice to determine whether or not a player will be able to suit up for a game. If that’s the case, then chances are slim the sliding Vikings (6-6) will have safety Harrison Smith on Sunday in Jacksonville. Smith was not spotted as his teammates warmed up at the start of Wednesday’s practice. Smith, who has been hobbled by an ankle sprain since the Nov. 20 loss to Arizona, has yet to practice this week. The Pro Bowl safety was spotted in a walking boot with crutches following the Dec. 1 loss to Dallas, a game in which he gutted out 51 of 52 snaps. “I know Harrison Smith is a pretty tough guy, and he plays all the time,” Zimmer said. “When he’s hurt, he plays. He always plays, so I don’t care about reports. I just go by what happens in practice.” Smith has a history of playing through injuries. He made a similar 10-day turnaround during the 2014 season, when he needed a walking boot for a swollen ankle following a Thursday night game. Smith shed the boot by the next week and started in the Vikings secondary. This injury appears more significant, however, given that Smith wasn’t able to join teammates six days after the last game. A Pioneer Press report claimed Smith’s sprained ankle may require surgery and could end his season. Linebacker Edmond Robinson (hamstring) was able to return to practice after being held out on Tuesday. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee) was the only other active Vikings player not seen at the start of practice. The team once again had center Joe Berger (concussion), punt returner Marcus Sherels (ribs) and cornerback Mackensie Alexander (groin) participating after all three were held out last week vs. Dallas. Five Vikings in all were limited on Wednesday between defensive end Everson Griffen (hip), defensive tackle Tom Johnson (toe), Sherels, Berger and Robinson.

Update from the winter meetings

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:47:51 GMT2016-12-07T22:47:51Z

The Twins are meeting with teams and agents as they explore ways to improve their ballclub

Ranked: The 10 craziest things about the 2016 Vikings (so far)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:09:51 GMT2016-12-07T22:09:51Z

If you feel like three seasons worth of drama have already been crammed into 12 Vikings games so far in 2016, you’re not alone. It’s become one of those years in which we just seem to keep hopping from one bizarre/amazing storyline to another. In an attempt to reflect on just what has transpired, I’ve decided to rank the 10 craziest things about the 2016 Vikings season so far (knowing full well that there is still time for plenty more plot twists). 1. Teddy Bridgewater’s injury: You have to start here, right? What had been a relatively quiet preseason received an awful jolt when the third-year Vikings QB suffered a season-ending and career-altering knee injury during practice. Less than two weeks before the start of the regular season, the disarray began. 2. Sam Bradford trade: Motivated by the severity of Bridgewater’s injury and a belief in an otherwise strong roster coming off an 11-5 season, the Vikings moved quickly to acquire QB Sam Bradford from the Eagles in a stunning blockbuster deal. It came at a steep price — a first-round pick in 2017 and another conditional pick. 3. Norv Turner resigns: Oh, right. Let’s not forget that in the middle of the season, the offensive coordinator who came in with head coach Mike Zimmer resigned amid struggles in pass protection and other offensive shortcomings. And it happened when the Vikings were 5-2! 4. Adrian Peterson’s injury: If Bridgewater was the Vikings’ most important offensive player coming into 2016, Peterson was their most proven one. He was stuffed against Tennessee and then injured his knee against Green Bay in Week 2. There’s a chance he could return for a playoff push, but even that is iffy. 5. Mike Zimmer’s eye problems: When the head coach is battling ongoing very serious eye problems — threatening his vision and forcing him to miss one game so far — and it’s only No. 5 on a list of crazy things to happen during part of a season, you know where the season stands. 6. Team starts 5-0: Given everything that has happened, the fact that the Vikings started 5-0 is amazing in and of itself. They looked like they were gaining momentum with each game and had the appearance of a legitimate Super Bowl contender early on. 7. Blair Walsh dumped: As the wheels started to come off, problems in the kicking game became more magnified. It ended with Blair Walsh being released — the first mid-year kicking change for the Vikings in more than a decade. 8. Vikings are 1-6 since 5-0 start: If the great start was surprising, the slide since then has been shocking. Minnesota is largely the same team it was before, but late-game situations have been its downfall. 9. Offensive line injuries: We can argue about how good the offensive line would be even if everyone was healthy (best guess: average, if everyone performed at a reasonable level) but the sheer volume of injuries — particularly to the two starting tackles — would make you laugh if it wasn’t so damaging. 10. Laquon Treadwell has one catch: A lot of us begged the Vikings to choose an impact wide receiver high in the draft. Fans at the team’s draft party were thrilled when Laquon Treadwell was the pick. And so far? He has one catch all season while ceding playing time to the likes of Adam Thielen and Cordarrelle Patterson — guys who have performed above expectations but are still surprisingly getting opportunities instead of a first-round pick.

Holiday Bowl official: 'We actually felt like we got a steal with the Gophers'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:07:59 GMT2016-12-07T18:07:59Z

Holiday Bowl committee member Rob Beathard explained what the event's organizers saw in taking the Gophers.

Wolves' hot starts continually soured by blown leads

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:22:57 GMT2016-12-07T20:22:57Z

An early surge has become part of the team’s early identity this season. The only problem, this identity has developed a knack for blowing these leads the way the Wolves did Tuesday.

Timberwolves: Kris Dunn blowing past Ricky Rubio

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:23:29 GMT2016-12-07T20:23:29Z

Ricky Rubio continues to look frustrated on the court while rookie Kris Dunn, even at his worst, looks aggressive.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf stresses that the season is not over yet

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:48:32 GMT2016-12-08T01:48:32Z

Vikings owner is hopeful that his team can repeat the 4-0, playoff-clinching finish of 2012.