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The Vikings have hired Norv Turner as their new OC.  He'll run the offense under defensive-minded HC Mike Zimmer.  Turner has had mixed results as a HC but is highly-regarded as a play-caller.  He helped Browns WR Josh Gordon and TE Jordan Cameron to breakout seasons this past year.  Turner favors a run-first attack and a vertical passing game.  He also likes to get his TEs involved in the aerial attack.  His arrival is good news for RB Adrian Peterson, WR Cordarrelle Patterson and TE Kyle Rudolph.  Of course, Minnesota still needs to find an answer at TE.

The Vikings have hired Mike Zimmer as their new HC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  Long regarded as a promising HC candidate, Zimmer has spent the past 14 years coordinating defenses -- 7 in Dallas, 1 in Atlanta and the past 6 in Cincinnati.  The Bengals finished in the top half of the league in total defense in all 6 of Zimmer's seasons, including 4 top-7 finishes.  We'll see who he brings in to run the offense.

Vikings LB Erin Henderson got charged with drunken driving Wednesday, his 2nd such charge within the past 6 weeks.  Henderson previously got picked up on Nov. 19 and wound up a surprise inactive for the ensuing game as he dealt with a "personal issue."  Combine these 2 arrests with the fact that he has played his way out of a 3-down role at 2 different LB spots for Minnesota the past 2 years, and Henderson might not make it to the 2014 season with the Vikings.

The Vikings have fired HC Leslie Frazier.  Minnesota went 10-6 and reached the playoffs last year, but Frazier was 11-26 in his other 3 seasons.  He botched the QB situation this year, switching between Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman.  The Vikings will have a new HC -- and very likely a new QB -- when the 2014 season kicks off.

FOX Sports North reports that Vikings LB Audie Cole will miss Sunday's finale because of the right ankle sprain that cost him all but 5 snaps in Week 16.  LB Erin Henderson returned to the middle after Cole's injury last Sunday and racked up 12 tackles (7 solo).  He regains IDP upside against Detroit in the finale.

The Vikings expect S Harrison Smith to play Sunday against the Eagles but won't start him, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  Smith has been out with turf toe since Oct. 14 and can;t officially come off IR until Friday.  He and his coaches admit that returning against the fast-paced Eagles offense will pose a challenge.  HC Leslie Frazier is also waiting to see how Smith's injury responds to practice this week.  Andrew Sendejo and Jamarca Sanford will continue to start, but Smith's return adds risk to both as IDP options in your fantasy football league.

The Vikings announced today that LB Erin Henderson will move back to the weak side, his starting spot over the previous 2 seasons.  That means LB Audie Cole will remain in the middle after replacing Henderson there each of the past 2 weeks.  Henderson has had particular issues in coverage in recent seasons, which makes him a poor bet for 3-down work.  We'll take Cole as the stronger IDP option the rest of the way and wait to see Henderson's role this week before projecting him forward.

It seemed last week as though Vikings coaches were considering moving LB Audie Cole outside after an impressive start in the middle.  Instead, Cole started at MLB again in Week 13, despite Erin Henderson's return.  The team initially said only that Henderson missed Week 12 to tend to a personal matter.  Turns out he had been arrested for DWI earlier that week.  Combine that with unspectacular on-field performance, and you get an opportunity for Cole.  HC Leslie Frazier praised Cole's Week 13 play -- just as he did the week before -- which makes it seem likely that Cole will keep the job.  Henderson could resurface on the weak side, which he played before moving to the middle this season.  But he's a reserve for now and likely no more than a 2-down player even if he gets back into the lineup.  Feel free to drop him from your fantasy football team in IDP formats.  Grab Cole if available after he tallied 9 tackles and a pass breakup in the OT win over the Bears.

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Vikings DE Brian Robison (neck) will play today against the Packers despite the neck trouble that popped up during the practice week.  He's a risky option in your IDP league, though.  You should be able to find a better lineman to use.

Vikings DE Brian Robison is questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Packers.  The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that neck trouble "popped up out of nowhere" during the practice week to sideline him Thursday and Friday.  Robison said he's optimistic about his chances of playing.  We don't recommend taking a chance on him, though.  Robison's a risky option in a normal week.

Vikings MLB Erin Henderson will miss this weekend's trip to Green Bay while he deals with a personal issue.  We've seen no further info on exactly what the situation might be, but it removes a potential top 10 LB from IDP lineups this weekend.  Audie Cole will start in Henderson's place, with rookie Mike Mauti sharing time if his knee is healthy enough.  Neither should be on your fantasy radar.  The situation adds tackle upside to strong-side LB Chad Greenway.

The Vikings will place S Harrison Smith (turf toe) on IR with the designation to return in 8 weeks.  That, of course, would make him ineligible until Week 15 and thus basically useless to anyone in a redraft fantasy football league.  Go ahead and drop Smith for a replacement if you've been optimistically holding out.  It's not yet clear whether his injury will require surgery.  It is adorable, though, that the Vikings think they actually might be in the playoff hunt over the final few weeks of the season.

Vikings S Harrison Smith might need surgery for the turf toe on his left foot.  If he does, it would likely end his season.  HC Leslie Frazier formally ruled Smith out for Monday's game with the Giants.  We should find out soon just how much longer he'll be out.  Smith is safe to drop in many IDP leagues but might be worth keeping a bit longer in deep formats.  Teammate Jamarca Sanford can be a quality pick up in his place.

Vikings S Harrison Smith left Sunday's loss to Carolina with a turf toe injury to his left foot.  HC Leslie Frazier said after the game that Smith will have an MRI to determine the extent of the damage.  His absence would be a significant loss for IDP lineups.

The Vikings "will take the next 12 weeks" to evaluate their QB situation heading into 2014, according to insider Albert Breer.  Minnesota seems ready to throw in the towel on Christian Ponder.  Matt Cassel isn't a long-term solution.  Josh Freeman will get his audition soon.  If that doesn't go well, the Vikings will be in the market for a QB this offseason.  The 2014 draft class is loaded at the position.

Vikings DE Jared Allen proved his Tuesday ankle issue wasn't serious by returning to practice Wednesday morning.  Allen rolled his left ankle late in Tuesday's workout but appears to be fine.  Meanwhile, 2 other defenders -- rookie CB Xavier Rhodes and LB Desmond Bishop -- are returning more slowly from hamstring injuries.  The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that both will do some light work Wednesday afternoon but that each is unlikely to play in Friday night's preseason opener.

The Vikings will be without both CB Antoine Winfield and CB Chris Cook for Sunday's game against the Packers.  Winfield is still out with a neck injury, while Cook won't play after being arrested for domestic assault early Saturday morning.  CB Asher Allen is expected to move into the starting lineup alongside Cedric Griffin, while undrafted free-agent Marcus Sherels will step into the #3 CB spot.  QB Aaron Rodgers should have a field day against this undermanned secondary.

The Vikings have removed the "interim" tag from Leslie Frazier's title, naming him the organization's head coach.  Frazier went 3-2 to close out the 2010 season after taking over for Brad Childress.  The move is good news for RB Adrian Peterson.  Frazier is a defensive-minded coach who loves to pound the ball on offense. 

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