One week before players are set to report for the Wild's training camp, Nino Niederreiter agreed to terms on a three-year, $8 million contract Thursday. Niederreiter, 22, scored a career-high 14 goals and 36 points in 81 games last season.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said cornerback Xavier Rhodes (groin) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (shoulder) have a “good chance” of playing on Sunday against the Patriots. Zimmer said the team will have a better idea over the next two days.
Rhodes was limited in practice after not participating on Wednesday. Floyd was held out for a second consecutive day. Along with Rhodes, offensive tackle Mike Harris (shoulder), left guard Charlie Johnson (ankle), fullback Zach Line (ankle) and linebacker Michael Mauti (foot) were all limited on Thursday.
“He was all right,” Zimmer said of Rhodes. “We’re just getting him in some of the stuff.”
Linebacker Brandon Watts (knee) did not participate again. Running back Adrian Peterson was the only addition to the injury report. He did not participate, though it’s not injury related. Peterson was present at practice, however.
For the Patriots, tight end Rob Gronkowski (thigh), defensive linemen Michael Buchanan (ankle), defensive tackle Chris Jones (ankle), defensive tackle Sealver Siliga (hand) and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell (knee) were all limited for a second consecutive practice. Linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh) was a new addition to the practice report as he was limited as well.