December 2011 - Minnesota Vikings Wiretap

Peterson Has Successful Knee Surgery

Dec 31, 2011 11:34 AM

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has had surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left knee. Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said the team was informed that Friday's operation by Dr. James Andrews was "successful" and that Peterson was "resting comfortably." Peterson tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in the knee during last Sunday's game at Washington.

Associated Press

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Adrian Peterson To Have Knee Surgery

Dec 29, 2011 4:40 PM

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has scheduled surgery to repair his left knee. Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation Friday in Alabama, six days after Peterson tore the ACL and MCL in his knee while being tackled in a game against the Redskins.

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Adrian Peterson Hopes To Play By Week 1

Dec 27, 2011 8:47 AM

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson hopes to be on the field for Week 1 of the 2012 season. Peterson will have left knee surgery following a pair of torn ligaments suffered in Minnesota's Week 16 win over Washington. "We expect most people to recover from this injury in eight to nine months and instead of comparing Adrian to any other player at any level that's had an anterior cruciate ligament, and they happen every day, I would really like Adrian to stand on his own merit because Adrian, I feel, is very unique," Vikings head trainer Eric Sugarman said Monday. "Adrian has a great work ethic. Adrian has the DNA to heal quickly, which he has shown in the past. He certainly will have the desire and the mental toughness to be able to get through the rehab process, which will take months and months, as you know. So, I think if anyone can get better quickly and safely in that time period, it would be Adrian Peterson."

Associated Press

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Kahlil Bell Motivated To Face Vikings

Dec 26, 2011 5:06 PM

Originally signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent, Bears running back Kahlil Bell still has hard feelings toward the team that cut him more than two years ago. "Personally, I really don't like Minnesota," Bell said. "I was there for a short stint. It won't take much for me to get motivated for this game." The Bears and Vikings will face off in Week 17. With Matt Forte and Marion Barber out Christmas night due to injuries, Bell ran for a career-high 121 yards on 23 carries in the 35-21 loss to the Packers. "Nobody likes to sit there and say they feel good about the team that let them go," Bell said. "They obviously felt I wasn't adequate enough to be a part of their organization, which is in my mind a blessing because I love it here in Chicago and I love being with the Bears. At the same time, hopefully I can make some plays and show them otherwise."

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Report: Vikings Close To Deal To Stay In Minnesota

Dec 26, 2011 9:02 AM

The Vikings are reportedly close to signing a deal to remain in Minnesota. Peter King reported on NBC's "Football Night in America" Sunday that it's no longer a question of "if" but "when" the team officially commits to staying in the state. "Look for the Vikings to sign a long-term deal and build a new stadium in Minnesota so that they will not be a candidate to move to Los Angeles," King said. "Everybody had been rumoring that they were going to L.A. The Vikings are going to stay in Minneapolis." The team's lease with the Metrodome expires after the end of the regular season.

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Vikings Will 'Take A Real Hard Look' At Starting Webb

Dec 25, 2011 11:49 AM

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier opened the door on Saturday afternoon for the possibility of Joe Webb as the team's quarterback of the future. "Some of the things he does, man, and what it does to the rest of our team -- you can't ignore it," Frazier said after Webb led three touchdown drives in relief of injured Christian Ponder and the Vikings beat the Redskins 33-26. "It's something we're going to take a real hard look at as we go forward. He definitely lifts our team. He's done it. He did it a season ago as well." Webb threw only five passes, completing four of them for 84 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran five times for 34 yards and another score after taking over with the Vikings trailing 13-10 and 10:40 left in the third quarter. This, 13 days after Webb relieved Ponder at Detroit, sliced a 17-point deficit to six and had the Vikings only 1 yard from what could have been the winning touchdown.

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Adrian Peterson Has Torn ACL, MCL

Dec 25, 2011 11:38 AM

An MRI revealed that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson tore the ACL in his left knee during Saturday's 33-26 win over the Redskins. A source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN's Josina Anderson that the MRI also revealed that Peterson tore the MCL in his knee. Peterson said earlier Saturday that he knew "it was something bad" the moment he was hit and that he was in "severe pain" as he lay on the field. He was hurt when tackled by Redskins safety DeJon Gomes at the end of a 3-yard gain on the first offensive play of the second half. "Anytime you take a blow to the knee like that, you're concerned about the ACL, MCL," Peterson said as he stood on crutches in the locker room. "I'm trying to stay as positive as I can."

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Kluwe: McNabb Hasnít Made Promised Donation

Dec 24, 2011 9:52 AM

When Donovan McNabb joined the Vikings, punter Chris Kluwe agreed to give up his No. 5 under a certain condition. McNabb had to buy Kluwe an ice cream cone, mention his band five times in press conferences and make a $5,000 donation to Kick For A Cure, an organization that supports people with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Kluwe claims that McNabb hasn't yet followed through on his monetary promise. "No, but I haven't really had a chance to ask him. I was going to at the end of the season, but then he got released," Kluwe wrote on Twitter.

Pro Football Talk

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Kleinsasser Will Retire After 13 Seasons

Dec 23, 2011 9:07 AM

Vikings tight end Jim Kleinsasser revealed on Thursday that he will retire after the season. Minnesota drafted Kleinsasser back in 1999. "I still feel like I can play," Kleinsasser said. "I'm walking away with two legs that work great and my head is still intact, so I think I feel good about leaving the game right now and just kind of moving on." Kleinsasser, 34, is known mostly for his blocking, although he has 192 receptions for 1,688 yards in his career. He was a second-round pick (44th overall) by the Vikings out of North Dakota.

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Peterson: Saints Went 'Overboard' With Attacking Ankle

Dec 19, 2011 6:29 PM

Coming off a few missed games because of an ankle sprain Adrian Peterson expected teams to target his injury, but the Vikings running back was surprised by the Saints on Sunday. "I came into the game kind of expecting that coming back from a high ankle sprain," Peterson said. "Guys are going to try to take their shots when we're on the pile and try to twist it up and things like that. "I felt like it kind of got overboard. I got up and kind of got in his face. Thank God I was able to keep my composure." Last week, Titans receiver Nate Washington accused Saints safety Roman Harper of being a dirty player, something that Harper and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams seemed to relish.

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Vikings Sign Sullivan To Five-Year Extension
The deal includes $10 million in guarantees.

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Peterson Wants To Play For 'Fantasy Owners'
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson plans to face the Saints on Sunday despite his team's 2-11 record and an ankle that is just "85 percent."

Star Tribune

Peterson Plans To Play On Sunday
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson practiced on a limited basis Thursday.

ESPN.com

Lions Admit LB Grabbed Webb's Facemask
The Lions have acknowledged that they got a break when linebacker DeAndre Levy grabbed the facemask of Minnesota quarterback Joe Webb on the final play in Sunday's win.

Associated Press

Jared Allen Doesn't Like Traveling To Detroit
The Vikings will travel to Detroit to take on the Lions this weekend, a trip defensive end Jared Allen despises.

MLive.com

Official Says City Other Than L.A. Has Contacted Vikings
The Vikings are pushing the state of Minnesota for help in replacing the Metrodome.

NFL.com

Frazier Will Return To Vikings Next Season
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf made it clear on Sunday that Leslie Frazier will return as coach next season.

Star Tribune

McNabb Glad He Went Unclaimed
Donovan McNabb is happy he's a free agent after he was placed on waivers by the Vikings last week and went unclaimed.

Adam Schefter/ESPN.com

Adrian Peterson Could Miss Another Game
The Vikings could be without running back Adrian Peterson for at least one more game beyond Week 13.

Pro Football Talk

Atlanta's Kerry Meier Fined $20K
Kerry Meier has been fined $20,000 by the NFL for his illegal blindside block to the head area of Minnesota long snapper Cullen Loeffler.

Associated Press

McNabb Unclaimed, Free To Sign With Any Team
Veteran QB Donovan McNabb went unclaimed on waivers after being cut by the Vikings on Thursday.

ESPN.com

McNabb Asked For Release After Demotion
The Vikings recently moved Donovan McNabb to third on the depth chart.

1500 ESPN

Peterson Ruled Out Against Broncos
Adrian Peterson hasn't played since Week 10.

Associated Press

Cowboys May Be Suitor For McNabb
The Cowboys could be a possible suitor for Donovan McNabb, who was waived by the Vikings on Thursday.

Dan Graziano/ESPN.com

Vikings Waive Donovan McNabb
The Vikings waived veteran QB Donovan McNabb on Thursday.

ESPN.com