The Vikings have released K Dan Bailey. The veteran converted a career-worst 68.2% of his FG attempts last season. There's certainly still a chance the 33-year-old lands a gig elsewhere this offseason, but we'd hold off on selecting him in FFPC best-ball drafts for now.
The Vikings will be replacing their OC for the 2nd straight offseason. Gary Kubiak on Thursday announced his retirement (for the 2nd time in his coaching career). That comes roughly a year after Minnesota lost OC Kevin Stefanski to the Cleveland HC gig. ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports that the team is considering promoting from within to replace Kubiak, who was on the staff prior to filling Stefanski's vacancy. An in-house promotion would seem to favor the team continuing to lean run, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Kubiak's son, Klint, has emerged as a favorite. Klint Kubiak spent the past 2 seasons as Minnesota's QBs coach. We'll see who the Vikings settle on.
The Vikings have ruled LB Eric Kendricks (calf) out for Sunday's game against the Lions. It'll be his 5th straight game missed. His absence helps the matchup for Lions TE T.J. Hockenson. LB Todd Davis is back to fill in for Kendricks after missing last week.
The Vikings have ruled LB Eric Kendricks (calf) out for Friday's game against the Saints. It'll be the 4th straight game he has missed. Replacement Todd Davis (ribs) is doubtful. And rookie LB Troy Dye -- a potential fill-in -- has also been ruled out. That leaves Eric Wilson as the only Minnesota LB in play for IDP lineups.
Vikings LB Eric Kendricks still has yet to practice since suffering his calf injury. He remained out for Tuesday's workout, heading toward Friday's game at New Orleans. We'll see about his next couple of days, but don't plan to have Kendricks available for your Week 16 IDP lineup. Todd Davis has been decently productive in Kendricks' place, posting 11, 7 and 8 tackles over his 3 fill-in games. Davis has gone just 3, 3 and 4 in solo tackles but added a sack and a pass breakup in Sunday's loss to Chicago. He'll be in play vs. the Saints if Kendricks sits again.
The Vikings have ruled LB Eric Kendricks (calf) out for Sunday's game against the Bears. It'll be his 3rd straight missed game. Todd Davis has seen full playing time in Kendricks' place each of the past 2 weeks. He's just OK on tackle upside.
The Vikings have ruled LB Eric Kendricks (calf) out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. That leaves Todd Davis to start in his place and factor into the LB3 picture.
Vikings LB Eric Kendricks sustained a calf injury during pregame warm-ups for Sunday's win over the Jaguars. Kendricks was on the active roster but didn't play a snap. We'll see about his status heading into Week 14. Todd Davis started in Kendricks' place, played every snap and tallied 11 tackles (3 solo).
According to multiple reports, the Vikings are trading DE Yannick Ngakoue to the Ravens for a 3rd-round pick in 2021 and a conditional 5th-rounder in 2022. Minnesota, of course, just acquired Ngakoue from Jacksonville before the season for a 2nd-round 2021 pick plus the same conditional-level selection. The veteran pass-rusher has produced, delivering 5 sacks in 6 games. Ngakoue will play OLB in Baltimore's 3-4 alignment, but he should retain his DL eligibility in IDP leagues. He figures to take playing time from OLBs Jaylon Ferguson and Tyus Bowser, across from Matt Judon. Minnesota, meanwhile, now counts Ifeadi Odenigbo and Jalyn Holmes as its top 2 DEs -- unless Danielle Hunter is nearing a return from his neck injury. Both teams are on bye this week, so we'll see what else we learn about both situations before their Week 8 contests.
Vikings CB Holton Hill (foot) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons. We'll see whether Hill returns to the starting lineup once he's healthy again.
Vikings CB Holton Hill (foot) is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Seahawks. The late kickoff makes him not worth waiting for in most IDP leagues. CB Mike Hughes is off the final injury report after missing the past 2 games with a neck injury.
Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Vikings DE Danielle Hunter has received 2 recommendations that he sit out the rest of the season because of the herniated disc in his neck. The 1st opinion came after Hunter visited the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York last week. The 2nd comes from his personal trainer. We'll see what the player and team decide, but don't expect to have Hunter available for your IDP lineup anytime soon.
Vikings S Harrison Smith got ejected late in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's win over the Texans for a "flagrant" helmet-to-helmet hit on Houston TE Jordan Akins. That hit left Akins concussed. We'll see if it means any further discipline for Smith.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Vikings DE Danielle Hunter isn't expected to be ready to play when he's eligible to return from IR next week. Hunter's dealing with a herniated disc in his neck and is reportedly "regaining strength and getting closer to returning." Pelissero adds that optimism is "still high that he's back this season." That's good, but it also falls short of telling us that Hunter will definitely be back this season. We'll keep an eye out for updates on his status. You might soon have a roster decision to make on Hunter if you can't keep him stashed in an IR slot.
The Vikings have ruled CB Mike Hughes out for Sunday's game against the Titans with a neck injury. That further dings a CB corps that hasn't played well so far. Minnesota will also miss rookie CB Cameron Dantzler, who played a top 3 corner role in Week 1.
The Vikings are expected to sign free-agent LB Todd Davis on Wednesday, according to Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver. Davis got cut by the Broncos as they got down to their 53-man regular season roster. We don't expect Davis to threated the playing time of LB Eric Wilson, who's in for full-time duty with Anthony Barr (pectoral tear) out for the year. We'll see about Davis' role.
Vikings OLB Anthony Barr will miss the rest of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle in Sunday's loss to the Colts. That should mean full playing time for weak-side starter Eric Wilson going forward. Wilson wound up playing 92% of the snaps vs. Indy, totaling 7 tackles and grabbing an INT. He saw 7 other games of 70% playing time or more over the previous 2 seasons when other LBs went down. Wilson finished all 3 such games last season with 8+ tackles.
The Vikings have placed DE Danielle Hunter on IR. By this year's altered rules, of course, that just means he'll miss at least 3 games. We'll see beyond that. The team has only ever called Hunter's injury a "tweak," but we're at almost a month that it has kept him off the field. ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports that it's "related to a neck injury he sustained," according to an anonymous source. If you drafted Hunter in an IDP league, you'll need to find a replacement for at least the 1st few games.
NFL Network reports that Vikings DE Danielle Hunter's "status for Sunday is very much in doubt." Hunter hasn't practiced since Aug. 14 and remained off the field Wednesday, according to ESPN's Courtney Cronin. The team has been calling Hunter's issue minor all along and haven't revealed details, but this continued absence in the week leading up to the opener should obviously ramp up the worry. If he can't go, Minnesota would likely start Ifeadi Odenigbo at DE opposite Yannick Ngakoue.
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