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Week Seven injury report roundup

Week Seven kicked off on Thursday with a Raiders win and it continues with 13 more games on Sunday, which means that the 26 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday. Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely to play and out should be self-explanatory. Players [more]

Jake Ryan fined for horse collar tackle

Packers linebacker Jake Ryan likely knew he was going to be fined for a horse collar tackle the moment he pulled down Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon illegally. The league did, in fact, fine Ryan $18,231 for his illegal tackle on the final play of the first quarter. To make matters worse, McKinnon scored on [more]

Laquon Treadwell fined for blindside block

Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell was fined $24,309 for an illegal blindside block in Sunday’s victory over the Packers. Treadwell was penalized for his block on Green Bay cornerback Lenzy Pipkins in the second quarter. Offensive lineman Mike Remmers was penalized the previous play for a facemask, giving the Vikings a first-and-40. “I tried to keep [more]

Anthony Barr not fined for hit that injured Aaron Rodgers

In the debate about Anthony Barr‘s hit that injured Aaron Rodgers, the league office has ruled: It was legal. The NFL did not fine Barr, the Vikings pass rusher who may have ended the Packers quarterback’s season on Sunday by driving him to the ground after a pass. Barr was also not flagged on the [more]

Anthony Barr: “I don’t play dirty”

Much has been written and said this week about the hit that led to the fracture of the clavicle of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Linebacker Anthony Barr, now cleared from his concussion and able to talk to reporters, defended his actions on Friday when talking to reporters. “I don’t play dirty,” Barr said, via Chris [more]

Vikings confirm it’s Case Keenum again this week

The main focus around the Vikings quarterbacks this week was Teddy Bridgewater‘s return to practice 14 months after the severe knee injury that wiped out his 2016 season and called his playing future into doubt. Bridgewater’s appearance on the field relegated the issue of who would be starting at quarterback into the background, although there [more]

Kyle Rudolph says Vikings can win with any of their three quarterbacks

No team in the NFL has more uncertainty at the quarterback position than the Vikings, who are starting Case Keenum now but could go back to either Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater when their respective knee injuries are fully healed. But Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph says that uncertainty is not a problem. Rudolph said [more]

Packers defenders come to Aaron Rodgers’ defense

Clay Matthews and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix refused to call Anthony Barr‘s hit on Aaron Rodgers dirty, but they were surprised when officials didn’t penalize the Vikings linebacker. The NFL still could fine Barr, with fines made public Friday. “I’ve been hitting quarterbacks for almost a decade now and generally when you see a quarterback get [more]

Mike Wallace “should be fine” for Sunday’s game

The Ravens signed wide receiver Griff Whalen on Thursday as they have three wide receivers dealing with injuries, but one of them said on Thursday that he expects to be ready to play against the Vikings, one of his former teams, this weekend. Mike Wallace hurt his back when he took a hit in last [more]

Teddy Bridgewater: I definitely believe I’ll play this year

Teddy Bridgewater met with the media on Thursday for the first time since his return to practice and opened up his comments by saying it’s been a “long 14 months” since the knee injury that derailed his career as the Vikings quarterback. Bridgewater’s rehab and recovery has certainly been an extended one, but the quarterback [more]

Teammates impressed with Teddy Bridgewater in first day back

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer did his best to keep the expectations in check. His players felt no such compulsion after watching quarterback Teddy Bridgewater practice for the first time in 14 months. Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Bridgewater’s teammates were effusive in their praise of the former (and possibly near future) [more]

Brandon Williams is “just a guy,” but Ravens run defense needs him

NFL teams love to talk about “next man up” whenever someone gets injured, but not all men are created equal when it comes to their ability to impact a football game. One prime example of that is in Baltimore, where the Ravens have been playing without defensive tackle Brandon Williams and the results of those [more]

Jerick McKinnon shows up on practice report with an ankle injury

With rookie running back Dalvin Cook out for the year, veteran Jerick McKinnon has shown up significantly the last two weeks. He may not be able to do the same thing on Sunday against the Ravens. McKinnon popped up on the Wednesday injury report with an ankle issue. The good news for the Vikings (and [more]

Mike Zimmer: We don’t know what Teddy Bridgewater’s return will lead to

Wednesday is a big day for Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. He’s practicing for the first time since injuring his knee 14 months ago, which starts the clock on a three-week window to add him to the active roster. That’s an exciting development for Bridgewater, but coach Mike Zimmer wants to “put the brakes” on anyone [more]

Who were the best replacement quarterbacks of all time?

Inspired by the extended absence of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and his replacement by the largely unproven Brett Hundley, Tuesday’s PFT Live took a look at the question of the best replacement quarterbacks of all time. We did it draft style, with Chris Simms and yours truly going back and forth through three rounds. As [more]

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