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Just like Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater’s days with the Minnesota Vikings could be numbered. The NFL elected not to toll the fifth-year quarterback’s contract for 2018, a league source said Tuesday. That would make Bridgewater a free agent on March 14 unless the Vikings negotiate a long-term extension for him, which seems highly unlikely at this late point. The NFL Players Association was prepared to file a grievance on Bridgewater’s behalf if the NFL Management Council, which governs player contracts, tolled his $1.354 million contract over to 2018.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Todd Downing has come a long way in the NFL since fetching Mike Tice’s golf cart as a Vikings gofer in the early 2000s. Downing returns to Minnesota as a senior offensive assistant to coach Mike Zimmer, 17 years after breaking in with his hometown team as a public relations and coaching intern. On Monday, Feb. 19, the Vikings announced they had hired Downing, who spent the 2017 season as the Oakland Raiders’ offensive coordinator.
MINNEAPOLIS — The drinks were flowing well before kickoff Sunday as grown men in jerseys and their partners loaded up on short-rib sliders and tater tots at a raucous Super Bowl LII party at Muse Event Center in the Minneapolis North Loop. There were seven live bands and solo artists, a comedian and main-floor seating for revelers to watch America's annual genuflection to football and commerce on a huge wall screen.
MINNEAPOLIS — Catch or no catch is defined by 322 controversial words in the NFL rule book that have vexed players, challenged officials and rankled fans who simply want it to pass the eye test. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday, Jan. 31, he will encourage the league's competition committee to tear down and rebuild what constitutes a completion, particularly how a player must maintain possession of the ball as he goes to the ground.
ST. PAUL—The voice at the other end of the phone was instantly familiar as the lyrical soundtrack for four decades of sports flashpoints, starting an easy conversation that revealed Al Michaels' appreciation for history and his imprint on in it. The last sportscasting lion of the 20th Century can link himself from Ebbets Field and Lake Placid to Howard Cosell and Herb Brooks, from 15 Kentucky Derbys and eight Olympics to seven World Series, four Stanley Cup Finals, two NBA Finals and the long-lost "Wide World of Sports."
MINNEAPOLIS—The pied piper of the Minnesota Vikings locker room strolled in Wednesday, Nov. 29, still beaming about the birth of his third son on Thanksgiving Day. For the record, Everson Griffen and his wife, Tiffany, settled on Sebastian Gregory for the boy's name over those that poured in over social media after Griffen crowd-sourced the national television audience of Minnesota's holiday victory over the Detroit Lions by revealing a T-shirt message that solicited names. "Crazy names," Griffen said.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer called the performance "sloppy" and "unclean," and said the Vikings defeated the Detroit Lions 30-23 last week in spite of his special teams unit. "That's probably one of the poorest games we've played in a long time," Priefer said Thursday, Nov. 30. Two blocked kicks and uncharacteristic penalties will prompt that from a coach.
DETROIT — The Vikings found a way to rid themselves of those pesky Lions, cold turkey. Stick a fork in Detroit. The NFC North is the Vikings' to lose after their 30-23 closing argument Thursday on the national stage at Ford Field. They are hunting bigger game now, like a first-round postseason bye and potential home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. Feast on Case Keenum playing with the guts and moxie of a big-moment quarterback thanks to innovative and prescient play calling by offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.
MINNEAPOLIS—Just like everyone predicted when the NFL schedule came out, a marquee Week 11 clash between the Rams and Vikings to keep pace with the Eagles for NFC dominance. Right? There is much to like about this game. It pits the NFL's top-scoring offense in Los Angeles against the NFC's stoutest defense in Minnesota. The Rams have won four straight; the Vikings five in a row. Both teams are tied with New Orleans for second place in playoff standings, but the Vikings and Saints own tiebreakers, so the Rams need a victory to jump out of the No. 4 seed and keep pace.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Teddy Bridgewater is embracing his new role as backup quarterback and No. 1 cheerleader for Vikings starter Case Keenum. Patience and persistence were Bridgewater's companions while successfully rehabilitating from the devastating knee injury he suffered in August 2016, and they are guiding him since being activated to the roster for Sunday's 38-30 victory at Washington.