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MINNEAPOLIS — Wide receiver Stefon Diggs calls the Vikings' running attack a "two-headed monster." One of the monsters wants to improve his bite. In their first game since rookie starter Dalvin Cook was lost for season with a torn ACL, Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon shared the running load in a 20-17 victory Monday, Oct. 9, at Chicago. Murray started and carried 12 times for 31 yards; McKinnon ran 16 times for 95 yards. Murray wasn't happy with his performance.
MINNEAPOLIS — If the Vikings have any thoughts of starting Sam Bradford on Sunday against Green Bay, Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Theismann said that would be "foolish.'' Bradford sat out practice Wednesday, Oct. 11, to rest his ailing left knee. The quarterback had missed three games before returning for Monday's 20-17 win at Chicago but aggravated the knee and was removed in the final minute of the first half.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook underwent surgery Monday, Oct. 9, to repair a torn left ACL suffered during an Oct. 1 game. The procedure was done by noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. A source had said the surgery went well and there is a "100 percent'' chance he will be recovered by the start of next season. Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman concurred.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — A day after Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford didn't even last a half in his return from a left knee injury, an MRI on Tuesday, Oct. 10, showed no additional damage. Athletic trainer Eric Sugarman revealed that to reporters at Winter Park and said Bradford has "wear and tear in his knee joint.'' It's the first time the Vikings have provided specifics on Bradford's injury since he was hurt Sept. 11 against New Orleans and missed three games.
CHICAGO — The Vikings activated wide receiver Michael Floyd following a four-game NFL suspension, and he will play Monday night against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Vikings released running back Stevan Ridley, who signed with them last Thursday and participated in three practices. Floyd was suspended by the NFL after being convicted earlier this year following an arrest last December for extreme DUI. He played in each of Minnesota’s four preseason games before serving his suspension.
CHICAGO — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford apparently will return to the lineup Monday night against Chicago after missing three games with a knee injury. ESPN reported that Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer told the network’s Monday Night Football crew in a production meeting Sunday, Oct. 8, he “anticipates” Bradford will start in the nationally televised game at Soldier Field. Bradford hurt his left knee Sept. 11 on Monday Night Football against New Orleans, but didn’t come out of the game. He was replaced the past three games by backup Case Keenum, and the Vikings went 1-2.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Don't expect to see quarterback Sam Bradford in promos for the Minnesota Vikings' game at Chicago on ESPN's Monday Night Football. Bradford, who has missed the past three games with a knee injury, returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis, his first workout in two weeks. But ESPN analyst Jon Gruden doesn't believe Bradford will take the field against the Bears.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings return Monday to Soldier Field, where last season began to implode. On Oct. 31, 2016, the Vikings entered their "Monday Night Football" game with a 5-1 record. Chicago was 1-6 but the Bears dominated, winning 20-10 and sending Minnesota into a tailspin. On the Tuesday after the game, head coach Mike Zimmer had surgery on his right eye, the first of eight that started when he scratched his eye in Chicago. By Wednesday, Norv Turner had resigned as offensive coordinator.
LAS VEGAS — Former Vikings quarterback Randall Cunningham opened the door to put his dog outside late Sunday night at his Las Vegas home. He immediately heard sirens blaring. His wife, Felicity, turned on the news and the two saw what was happening at Mandalay Bay Resort, a five-minute drive from their house. "We just started praying, and soon people were calling us from all over the country wanting to known whether everything is OK," Cunningham said in a phone interview Monday night, Oct. 2.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings were braced for bad news and got it Monday, Oct. 1. Rookie running back Dalvin Cook is out for the season because of a torn ligament in his left knee. Cook was hurt when he wrenched the knee while making a cut in the third quarter of Sunday's 14-7 loss to Detroit at U.S. Bank Stadium. A magnetic resonance imaging exam Monday confirmed that he has a torn anterior cruciate ligament.