Peterson misses practice again, but is expected to be in Kansas City

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:36
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed practice for a second straight day as he deals with a personal matter, but the expectation is that he will be at Saturday night’s game in Kansas City. That doesn’t mean Peterson will play against the Chiefs, though. Head coach Mike Zimmer said the other day he doesn’t feel the need to see Peterson in the preseason, so we probably won’t see him. Also missing today’s muggy morning practice or watching from the side were nose tackle Linval Joseph (calf), cornerback Jabari Price (arm/shoulder), and linebackers Brandon Watts (lower leg) and Gerald Hodges (knee). None of those four players are expected to suit up against the Chiefs. Outside linebacker Chad Greenway (wrist) did, as promised, practice fully today after being held out of team drills yesterday. And he delivered the highlight of an uneventful practice when he kicked the football into the woods after dropping a would-be interception near the goal zone. It was a pretty impressive punt, but consider Zimmer unimpressed. Zimmer told the veteran to not do that again, and moments later, Greenway emerged from the trees carrying not one, but two footballs.
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Cassel: 'I'm excited to go back to Kansas City'

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:14
For the first time since he was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, Vikings top quarterback Matt Cassel will return to the city where he experienced probably the highest and lowest points of his NFL career, along with a bunch of personal memories Cassel will always cherish. After Cassel’s breakout 2008 season in New England following a season-ending knee injury to Tom Brady, the Chiefs acquired him in 2009 and paid him big bucks to be their starter. A season later, the Chiefs won their division as Cassel had his only Pro Bowl season, tossing a career-high 27 touchdown passes with just seven interceptions. But the honeymoon didn’t last for much longer after that, and things got so bad for Cassel during his turnover-plagued 2012 season that some fans at Arrowhead Stadium cheered when Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata knocked him out of an ugly game that the Ravens won, 9-6. Still, despite that, Cassel said all the right things today about returning to Arrowhead Stadium. “I’m excited to go back to Kansas City,” he said. “I haven’t been back since I left a few years ago. I’ve got a lot of close family friends there. We enjoyed our time there. My three children were born there. So I’ve got a lot of good memories in Kansas City, so it will be fun to go back and play.” Cassel said he has “no ill will” towards the organization, and he said he is excited to catch up with the many familiar faces who were kind to him during his four years with the Chiefs. “I’ve moved on. They’ve moved on. And it will be exciting to get out there and play against a good football team with a good defense as well,” said Cassel, who still owns a home in the K.C. area. As for the quarterback competition that he is leading, Cassel said the coaches haven’t told him when a decision will be made, so he is only worried about playing well Saturday against the Chiefs. “At this point, it’s just going to be one of those things where we just wait and see,” Cassel said. “Coach will make that ultimate decision. At the end of the day, I’m going to continue to prepare and do what I need to do to get ready for the season. And then when the time comes and coach tells us, then that’s what we’ll have to deal with.”
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Wild update: Harding looks good, Bryzgalov wants to return, Yeo at State Fair, Ticket info

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:23
Going to the Minnesota State Fair? Toss this in your calendars: Wild coach Mike Yeo will visit the Star Tribune booth on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 1:30 p.m.
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Pregame: Baseball's hottest pitcher vs. coldest offense

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:15
The Twins haven't scored in 17 innings, and now they face Indians starter Corey Kluber, who has allowed two runs in August.
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Guest post: Notes from Minnesota United training

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:54
Correspondent Wes Burdine made it out to training yesterday, and checked in with a report.
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Ricky Nolasco struggles as offense comes up empty

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 23:13
Righthander still struggled in second start off of DL.
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Gophers' safety Thompson continues to expand coverage

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:12
Senior safety has grown into a defensive leader.
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Scoggins: For Vikings' Coleman, bond formed from a tragedy

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:31
The Vikings’ Kurt Coleman once tackled a teammate and left him paralyzed. Then they became friends.
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Hartman: Tingelhoff nears getting into NFL Hall of Fame

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:08
The durable former Vikings center never missed a game or practice in 17 years.
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Tingelhoff moves one step closer to realizing Hall of Fame dream

Star Tribune Sports - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:08
Mick Tingelhoff, the overlooked and undrafted center who went on to play 17 seasons without missing a game for the Vikings, has moved one step closer to reaching the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A five-time first-team All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler from 1962 to 1978, Tingelhoff was chosen this afternoon as the Hall of Fame Senior Committee’s lone nominee for enshrinement vote by the full committee in 2015. “It’s unbelievable,” Tingelhoff said by phone from South Dakota, where he’s vacationing with his  family. “I’m honored. But I’ll be a lot happier if they put me in next Februrary.” Although the Senior Committee carries tremendous weight, Tingelhoff still must receive at least 80 percent of the vote from the full board of selectors. They will meet and vote on the Saturday before Super Bowl 49 in February. Vikings Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton, a longtime roommate and friend of Tingelhoff’s, grabbed the phone from his secretary when told the news. “It’s about [darn] time I got a call like this on Mick Tingelhoff,” he said. “He played 17 years. He came to us as an undrafted free agent from Nebraska. I remember his first day. I was going into my second year. “He started out as a middle linebacker. We needed a center. He moved over there and became as great a center that’s ever played.”
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