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A Scottsdale (Ariz.) judge ruled Michael Floyd violated his house arrest by testing positive for alcohol and ordered the Vikings wide receiver serve one more day in jail before finishing his final five days of home confinement, according to ESPN.com. Floyd can serve the rest of his sentence in Arizona, ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss reported on Monday, June 26.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings receiver Michael Floyd violated the terms of his house arrest by accidentally drinking a tea drink that contains alcohol, his agent said Friday. As a result, he is due in Scottsdale, Ariz., later this month for a court hearing to explain positive readings from three blood-alcohol tests early on the morning of June 11. "We are aware of the situation involving Michael Floyd and are looking into the matter," the Vikings said in a statement. "We are still gathering facts and will withhold any further comment at this time."
MINNEAPOLIS — Hindsight being 20/20, Mike Zimmer's mandatory respite in Kentucky was exactly what the Vikings head coach needed if he is to regain vision in his troublesome right eye. Sometimes he would rather guzzle battery acid than concede it. "I didn't have much choice," Zimmer said Tuesday, June 6. "If everything goes good, it was worth it. If it doesn't, then it's not. How's that?" Sounds about right.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford strolled to his media scrum Thursday after helping teammates assemble a playground buddy bench at Cedar Valley Elementary School in Apple Valley. Though he was wearing sneakers, I could hear the distinct clomping of golden horseshoes.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Friday he plans to return to Minnesota in time for a June 5 another eye exam that should determine whether he can resume coaching his team. Zimmer is recovering from his eighth eye surgery at his offseason home outside Cincinnati, where he is reviewing video of organized team activities and communicating with his players and coaches every day.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Michael Floyd was redemption in the flesh Wednesday, May 24, as the Vikings unveiled their new receiver, while onetime franchise quarterback Teddy Bridgewater remains a ghost in the machine and coach Mike Zimmer is in mandatory convalescence in Kentucky. There is a lot to unpack at Winter Park and it is not even Memorial Day.
MINNEAPOLIS — Insurance policies are only as valuable as the fine print that underwrites them, and the Vikings pulled out a magnifying glass this week to show how much they are hedging against their underwhelming receiving corps. Rescuing repentant wideout Michael Floyd from purgatory with a one-year, incentive-laden contract reveals general manager Rick Spielman's anxiety about the dearth of playmakers in Minnesota's popgun passing attack — and the risk he has taken to wring out more production.
ST. PAUL—The 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs are a referendum on the talent and leadership within the four walls of the Minnesota Wild dressing room. There is only so much coach Bruce Boudreau and his assistants can do to tactically and psychologically prepare their team for the St. Louis Blues and the Game 4 knockout punch they intend to deliver Wednesday night in the cauldron of Scottrade Center. There are only so many coaches general manager Chuck Fletcher can overthrow before his regime is discredited.
ST. PAUL — Legend has it the ghost of Jean-Sebastien Giguere haunts the south goal crease of the Xcel Energy Center, and that you can hear the bygone bogeyman sharpening his stick like a scythe whenever an opposing netminder bores into the Minnesota Wild's psyche.
ST. PAUL — The sparsely decorated Xcel Energy Center rafters are an underachievement wilderness where Minnesota's forsaken NHL fans gaze at a forgotten division flag and the honorary No. 1 banner reminding them of their unfulfilled commitment. It is high time the Wild put a ring on it. Anything less this postseason from this record-setting team and its snakebitten head coach is cheap conversation at this point in time. Even the dearly beloved North Stars managed two trips to the Finals in 26 marginal seasons before bolting for Dallas.