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The Vikings on Friday announced that they have signed DT Sheldon Richardson. He spent a quiet 2017 with the Seahawks but remains a big talent and joins a loaded Minnesota D-line. Richardson will play alongside DT Linval Joseph and DEs Everton Griffen and Danielle Hunter. All carry IDP intrigue, and Minnesota figures to rank among the top defenses in both real life and fantasy in 2018

The Broncos on Wednesday agreed to send QB Trevor Siemian and a 2018 draft pick to the Vikings for a 2019 pick (both unspecified), according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Siemian actually joins Minnesota before Kirk Cousins has officially signed, but Cousins will obviously step into the starting role -- barring some shocking breakdown in negotiations. Siemian, meanwhile, can slide into the backup role he should have occupied all along.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that QB Kirk Cousins expects to sign with the Vikings on Thursday. The agreement will reportedly be a 3-year deal that's fully guaranteed. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Minnesota had offered $28 million per year. Those are giant numbers, but that's the way QB contracts go when the player's shy of 30. Cousins lands in a nice spot for at least 2018, when he'll throw to WRs Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, TE Kyle Rudolph and 2nd-year RB Dalvin Cook. Diggs will be in the final year of his contract, though, and Rudolph could be a cut candidate next offseason. Cousins -- who will turn 30 in August -- finished 5th among fantasy QBs last year despite losing DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon and missing Jordan Reed for most of the year. He certainly looks like a top-10 fantasy QB for 2018 at the moment. And he should support continued solid value for Diggs, Thielen and Rudolph.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook will be "pretty close" to being ready for OTAs, HC Mike Zimmer said from the Combine on Wednesday. Cook tore his left ACL on October 1, giving him a little more than 11 months to get ready for the start of the 2018 campaign. It sounds like he's on track, but we'll continue to keep a close eye on his progress. Cook averaged a strong 4.8 yards per carry and 8.2 yards per catch in 4 appearances as a rookie last year.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph revealed that he underwent surgery on his right ankle after the season. He hurt it in Week 14 and, although he didn't miss a game, he totaled just 11 catches over Minnesota's final 5 games (including playoffs). We don't have a timeline for Rudolph's return to the field, but there's no reason to believe at this point that the ankle will be an issue in 2018.

Vikings S Andrew Sendejo (concussion) is active for tonight's game against the Eagles.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (back) is active for tonight's NFC Championship game against the Eagles. He's OK to use as you normally would have in fantasy football lineups.

Vikings S Andrew Sendejo is questionable for Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Eagles as he works back from a concussion. He put in a full practice Friday after limited workouts the previous 2 days. We’ll see if he’s cleared in time for Sunday’s game

The Vikings list WR Adam Thielen (lower back) as questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship against the Eagles. He got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, and we've heard nothing to suggest that he's in danger of missing this one. We'll continue to look for updates and will find out Thielen's official status around 5 pm ET on Sunday.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen (lower back) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. We'll get another update tomorrow, but he should be fine for Sunday's NFC Championship against the Eagles.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen missed Wednesday's practice with a lower back injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's all the info we have for now. Thielen never exited last weekend's game, and there's no reason at this point to believe he's in danger of missing Sunday's NFC Championship against the Eagles. But we'll keep a close eye on him over the next few days.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice. He played limited snaps over the final 3 weeks of the regular season, totaling just 6 targets and 4 catches. It looks like the bye week has Rudolph much closer to 100% now -- and ready for his usual role against the Saints on Sunday.

Broncos QB Trevor Siemian will undergo surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder this week, according to insider Mike Klis. Siemian had surgery on the same shoulder about a year ago, but this procedure is for a different injury: to repair a damaged posterior capsule. Siemian has 1 year left on his contract with Denver but figures to face much stiffer competition for the starting job this offseason. The Broncos have already been connected to QB Kirk Cousins and also hold the 5th overall pick of this spring's draft.

Vikings S Andrew Sendejo (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Packers. Use him as you normally would in your IDP lineup.

Vikings S Andrew Sendejo is questionable for Saturday night's game at Green Bay because of an ankle issue. He progressed from missing practice Tuesday to a limited workout and then full participation Thursday, though. Expect Sendejo to play.

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Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Bengals. Originally ruled out by HC Mike Zimmer, Rudolph was first listed as doubtful and then upgraded to questionable. It’s still unclear how much he’ll play today after missing practice all week. That leaves Rudolph as a risky TE1.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) is expected to play against the Bengals, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Rudolph has evidently made major progress since being listed as doubtful on Friday afternoon. There's still elevated risk here, but there's also plenty of upside vs. a Cincinnati defense that Football Outsiders ranks 28th in TE coverage.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals. He was originally ruled out by HC Mike Zimmer before being officially listed as doubtful. So he's trending in the right direction. We'll find out his official status by noon ET tomorrow. If active, he'll still be a risky fantasy play after not practicing at all this week.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals. He didn't practice all week and isn't a lock to be back for Week 16. With David Morgan now atop the TE depth chart for this week, look for WRs Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs to soak up extra targets.

Update: Minnesota has changed Rudolph's official listing to "doubtful." He still won't play on Sunday.

Broncos insider Mike Klis hears that QB Trevor Siemian has been diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder that'll cost him the final 2 games of the season. With QB Paxton Lynch still recovering from a high-ankle sprain, it'll likely be Brock Osweiler under center vs. the Redskins and Chiefs to close out Denver's disappointing season.


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