Mistral Raymond exits first exhibition game with possible concussion
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/8/14) Vikings defensive back Mistral Raymond was forced out of Friday's preseason opener against the Raiders in the first half with a possible concussion, the team announced. Raymond left the game in the final minute of the first quarter and was held out as a precaution. He will be further evaluated in the near future.
Corey Wootton signs one-year deal with Vikings
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/20/14) Former Bears defensive lineman Corey Wootton is staying put in the NFC North. The 26-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, according to his agent on Twitter.
Wootton had surgery on his right hip in January, but is expected to be fully healthy by July. He had 34 tackles, five passes defended, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2013.
"If they want me to come back, I would love to come back," said Cook, who is scheduled to become a free agent. "But ultimately it's not my decision. So I'm just waiting and working out. ... I would be more than happy to come back. I really enjoyed the guys I played with."
Report: Letroy Guion could be released
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (1/28/14) Vikings nose tackle Letroy Guion, who's scheduled to count $4.3 million against the salary cap in 2014, is a candidate to be cut, reports ESPN.com. The website notes Guion would count only $300,000 against the cap if he were released.
Guion, 26, struggled with nagging injuries and finished with 21 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in 13 games.
Vikings DST limits Detroit to 13 points
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/29/13) The Vikings DST had a solid game Week 17 against the Lions.
The team did a solid job limiting the Lions' running game. Without Calvin Johnson, Detroit had a tough time getting things going offensively. The Vikings did a great job putting pressure on Matthew Stafford, sacking him five times. They also forced a fumble, but could not come up with the recovery.
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When the Vikings hired Mike Zimmer as their new head coach, they also hired the architect of the Bengals' outstanding defense and an aggressive defensive mind. Zimmer is responsible for some solid defenses not just in Cincinnati but previously in Dallas, and he's already making his mark in Minnesota. The Vikings added beefy defensive tackle Linval Joseph, cagey cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, drafted pass rusher Anthony Barr and re-signed defensive end Everson Griffen this spring. Combine these guys with key defenders like Harrison Smith, Brian Robison and Chad Greenway and you'll recognize that this is a defense that could make a jump in 2014. Tack on Cordarrelle Patterson returning kicks and you're looking at a sleeper DST that has a nice Week 1 matchup at St. Louis (before five nightmarish matchups). You can consider them with a final-round flier in deeper leagues.