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Vikings 4 Downs: Cassel, running backs, Simpson, PSA to conspiracy theorists

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:11
@MasterStrib can Cassel recover from 4 INT’s at home? How far does Zimmer support go after interception comment post game? #VikingsST — Barry Bolton (@rhinos69) September 18, 2014 If Cassel has another dud performance like he did last week, that support won’t last long. Inconsistency has been an issue throughout Cassel’s career where he’ll single-handedly lose a game for a team. We saw that last season against the Panthers and Bengals. In eight starts with the Vikings, Cassel has three games with multiple interceptions. He has 19 career games where he’s thrown multiple interceptions. Can he bounce back? Yes he can, especially against this Saints defense that’s allowed the second most points per game (31.5) and third most yards per game (446) through two games. All this performance did was remind fans that Cassel likely won’t start the entire season, and we’ve inched closer to the start of the Teddy Bridgewater era. @MasterStrib Are the Vikes satisfied with what they’ve got in the backfield or do they go hunting for another RB. #VikingsST — Sergio Ramshackle (@SergioRamshackl) September 18, 2014 At this point, they have to be. If the Vikings sign a running back, it’ll take weeks to learn the offense and actually become effective in a game. The most intriguing names are LaMichael James and Lache Seastrunk, but the Vikings already have a shifty back in rookie Jerick McKinnon. Again, Matt Asiata did improve this offseason. That won’t translate to the point where Asiata can carry Adrian Peterson’s load. It’ll take all three, including Joe Banyard, to replace Peterson. Even then, and even if the Vikings decide to sign another running back, it still won’t fill Peterson’s massive shoes. @MasterStrib Will the Vikings fill the open roster spot or wait until Monday for Simpson to be reinstated? #VikingsST — Brian Rentz (@rentzbj) September 18, 2014 A team never wants to go into a game with a roster spot open, so I’d expect the Vikings to fill that spot by Saturday. It’ll likely be a promotion from the practice squad, which fullback Zach Line is probably the favorite among the 10 players on the practice squad. He was waived so the Vikings could promote Banyard to the active roster as a result of Peterson’s deactivation. Line is back on the team after he signed to the practice squad. If they thought Line was worthy of a 53-man roster spot after preseason, then they’d probably feel the same way two weeks into the season. As for when Jerome Simpson returns in Week 4, wide receiver Rodney Smith is likely the odd man out next week. He’ll probably sign with the practice squad, however. There will be an open spot if the Vikings promote Line, or someone else on the practice squad, this week. It’s just hard to see the Vikings keep six wide receivers on their roster given they hardly spread four wide receivers under offensive coordinator Norv Turner. @MasterStrib is this whole AP deal a conspiracy theory to force the Vikes to release him so Jerry can get him for pennies? #VikingsST — Eric Bowe (@theEricBowe) September 18, 2014 Enough with the conspiracy theories. There’s no conspiracy here, just accept it was a mere coincidence those two reports occurred in the same offseason. Will Peterson remain with the Vikings? I don’t know. If he’s released, will he go to the Cowboys? I don’t know. But I do know the conspiracy theory tweets are the dumbest thing to come out of this entire Peterson situation. Enough already.
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Twins notes: Sore Perkins to undergo MRI on left arm

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:35
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Twins become latest team to get to Tigers' Price

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 22:36
The pitcher expected to lift Detroit flopped again.
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Gophers ready to get back into sack business

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 22:29
The U had no sacks in the loss to TCU but expects more chances to pressure San Jose State’s QB.
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Souhan: Peterson only hastened his departure

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 21:24
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Q&A with Wild coach Mike Yeo

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 21:18
A stacked conference, big expectations and an unsettled goalie situation greet Wild coach Mike Yeo as training camp begins.
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Goalie situation frustrates Wild coach Yeo

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 21:10
Josh Harding broke a foot while kicking a wall, while Darcy Kuemper remains unsigned.
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Minnesota law says child protection must investigate

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 19:55
County attorney says “active steps” would be taken to protect a child from further harm.
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Twins-Tigers: The ninth inning should be interesting, if...

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 17:54
The Twins and Tigers complete a three-game series at Target Field on Wednesday night. If the Twins are in position to get a save in the ninth inning, Glen Perkins is not available.
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Crisis expert says Vikings botched Peterson case

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 16:39
A local crisis communication expert says the Vikings could have done a better job of handling the Adrian Peterson abuse charge and its fallout.
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Adrian Peterson's mother to Houston Chronicle: 'He is trying hard to be a good parent'

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 16:17
Speaking publicly for the first time since Adrian Peterson was indicted in a child abuse case in Texas, his mother told the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday her son is "trying hard to be a good parent."
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Vikings injury report: Greenway, Floyd, Loadholt out

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:42
Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway walked off Wednesday’s practice wearing a splint around his broken left hand. He did not participate in practice, nor speak too much specifically about the severity of the injury that occurred during Sunday’s 30-7 loss against the Patriots. “It just started to really bother me swelling up and something happened,” Greenway said. Along with Greenway, who was listed with a hand and rib injury, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (shoulder) and offensive tackle Phil Loadholt (ankle) did not participate in practice. Linebacker Brandon Watts (knee) returned for his first practice since preseason, though he was limited. Tight end Kyle Rudolph (abdomen), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (groin) and wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring) were all also limited. For the Saints, safety Marcus Ball (hamstring), center Jonathan Goodwin (elbow), running back Mark Ingram (hand) and fullback Erik Lorig (ankle) did not participate in practice. Linebacker Curtis Lofton (shoulder) was limited.
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Deal done. Twins' new Class AA affiliate is in Chattanooga

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 14:53
The Twins are ending their 20-year relationship with New Britain
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Mike Yeo, Chuck Fletcher voice frustration over Harding injury, Kuemper contract squabble

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 13:44
Details are murky right now, but there was apparently some kind of incident or altercation involving goalie Josh Harding and a teammate.
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