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Report: Rick Dennison out as Vikings assistant coach after refusing COVID-19 vaccine

Vikings assistant coach Rick Dennison has reportedly lost his job because he refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Dennison, who had been the Vikings’ offensive line coach/run game coordinator the past two seasons, parted ways with the team, according to Courtney Cronin of ESPN. The report does not specifically call Dennison’s departure a firing, although [more]

Shot four times in June, Jaylen Twyman will report to Vikings training camp on Sunday

Vikings rookie defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman escaped serious injury when he was shot four times last month. Now, he’s planning to report to training camp on time in the coming week. Via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, Twyman’s agent Drew Rosenhaus reiterated his stance from last month that Twyman is expected to make a [more]

Cowboys working out Holton Hill

The Cowboys are working out free agent cornerback Holton Hill, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports. The Vikings cut Hill on Dec. 8. He played only three games last season because of a foot injury and went on injured reserve Nov. 10 before the team waived him off injured reserve. Hill missed eight games in [more]

21 NFL teams will hold joint practices in August

The NFL released the entire schedule of joint practices, and 21 teams will have at least one practice with another team. Only Washington, the Lions, Saints, Seahawks, Cardinals, Chiefs, Texans, Jaguars, Bengals, Steelers and Bills will not work with another team. Seven teams — the Eagles, Giants, Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Panthers and Rams — each [more]

Report: Michael Pierce suffers calf injury, may not be available to start training camp

After signing with the Vikings during free agency, defensive tackle Michael Pierce opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, his 2021 comeback may be a bit delayed. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports Pierce suffered a calf injury while training, putting his availability for the start of training camp in doubt. [more]

Original Hail Mary play gets NFT treatment

December 28, 1975. The original Hail Mary occurred that day, with Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach firing a desperation throw to receiver Drew Pearson at Metropolitan Stadium in Minnesota. The Vikings defended the play horribly, with single coverage on Pearson. Pearson increased the degree of difficulty by pushing cornerback Nate Wright to the ground as the [more]

Adrian Peterson: I feel good, I’m ready to play ball

Adrian Peterson is currently fifth in NFL history in rushing yards and he needs 449 yards to tie Barry Sanders for fourth place, but he’ll need a team to sign him in order to have a chance at moving up the list. Peterson said in April that he is hoping to play a 15th NFL [more]

Irv Smith Jr. plans to be scoring a lot this season

Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. has noticed “a lot more swagger” from quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason and he’s displaying some of his own as well. Smith has 66 catches for 676 yards and six touchdowns over his first two NFL seasons, but will no longer be splitting time with Kyle Rudolph in the [more]

Irv Smith Jr.: Kirk Cousins has a lot more swagger this year

The Vikings are looking to rebound this season after finishing 7-9 in 2020. Tight end Irv Smith Jr. is set to become a major contributor this season after the club released Kyle Rudolph. And during a Thursday appearance on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, Smith said he’s expecting plenty this year from quarterback Kirk Cousins. [more]

Grand jury to consider charges against Jeff Gladney on July 22

Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney, who started 15 games as a rookie, had his career fall into limbo after an arrest for felony assault charges. Later this month, he’ll find out whether a formal indictment is coming. Via the Minneapolis Star Tribune, court documents show that prosecutors will present Gladney’s case to a grand jury in [more]

Isaac Bruce: Torry Holt and I are the best duo ever, we won a Super Bowl unlike Moss and Carter

As former Rams receiver Isaac Bruce prepares for his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month, he’s making a bold statement about his place in NFL history: Bruce said that he and Torry Holt are the best wide receiver duo in NFL history. “It may seem like a whole lot of arrogance [more]

Anthony Barr: I really believe Vikings have a Super Bowl-winning team

Linebacker Anthony Barr reworked his contract with the Vikings earlier this year and cut his salary for this season in exchange for becoming a free agent after the 2021 season. If this is Barr’s final year in Minnesota, he thinks the team is positioned to send him out with a bang. Barr missed almost all [more]

Harrison Smith: I don’t plan to leave Vikings, but the NFL is the NFL

Vikings safety Harrison Smith said recently that he’s “going to look at those things and see what we can do” about extending his stay with the team now that he’s in the final year of his contract. During an appearance on the All Things Covered podcast with Bryant McFadden and Vikings teammate Patrick Peterson, Smith [more]

Jimbo Fisher laughed at NFL teams letting Dalvin Cook fall to the second round

First-round running backs have become a rare breed in recent years, but Jimbo Fisher thinks one running back who lasted until the second round absolutely should have gone in the first. Dalvin Cook played for Fisher at Florida State before the Vikings selected him with the 41st overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, and [more]

Everson Griffen still wants to return to the Vikings

After 10 years with the Vikings, defensive end Everson Griffen left Minnesota. He still wants to go back. Via Will Ragatz of SI.com, Griffen recently texted Paul Allen of KFAN to confirm his desire to re-sign with the Vikings. “I never should’ve left the Vikings,” Griffen told Allen. “I f–kd up. What I tweeted was [more]

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