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EAGAN, Minn. — It is no surprise that Kirk Cousins has spent plenty of time this week offering encouragement to the Vikings' offensive linemen. After all, his health is in their hands. The Vikings open the preseason at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Denver with their high-priced quarterback playing behind a makeshift line and against a very good Broncos defensive line. Three Vikings starters will not play: center Pat Elflein and guards Nick Easton and Mike Remmers.
EAGAN, Minn. -- Stefon Diggs has become the latest NFL receiver to cash in big. A source said the Vikings’ stalwart agreed Tuesday, July 31, to a five-year, $72 million contract extension. The deal could be worth as much as $81 million with incentives and he gets $40 million guaranteed.
PHILADELPHIA—The misery continues for the Minnesota Vikings. A miraculous touchdown catch from Stefon Diggs last week helped the Vikings earn a spot in the NFC Championship game. It was an almost-magical catch and got Minnesota one step closer to being the first-ever team to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium. The magic ended Sunday, Jan. 21, in Philadelphia.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings coach Mike Zimmer didn't see the final play of the miraculous victory on Sunday, Jan. 14. He already was in his office celebrating. The Vikings beat New Orleans 29-24 in a divisional playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium when Case Keenum completed a 61-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs as the clock ticked down to 0:00. After fans spilled onto the field and interviews were well underway, officials had the teams line up for the extra point, as required by league rules, and Keenum took the snap and then took a knee.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Defenses supposedly are going to pay closer attention to Adam Thielen after his breakout 2016 season. If the New Orleans Saints did Monday night, it didn't work. The Vikings wide receiver caught nine passes for 157 yards in a 29-19 win over the Saints in the opener at U.S. Bank Stadium. For Thielen, it was the second-best showing of his career in both categories.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Latavius Murray won't begin the season as a starter, but he believes he has shown the Vikings he can have an important role. Murray signed a three-year, $15 million contract as a free agent last March with the expectation of replacing the departed Adrian Peterson as the starting running back. But Murray missed valuable time recovering from ankle surgery, and rookie Dalvin Cook ended up winning the job without much competition.
MINNEAPOLIS — Starters usually don't play in the final preseason game, but that might not matter to Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. Still steaming from a lackluster first half Sunday, Aug. 27 against San Francisco, Zimmer didn't rule out playing some starters Thursday against Miami at U.S. Bank Stadium. "I've made up my mind, but I haven't told the team yet or anything like that," Zimmer said Tuesday. "I haven't told the coaches yet, either. After the other night, I feel like they should play, but we'll see."
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Vikings receiver Adam Thielen played last month in a nationally televised celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe. He stopped during his round for a live interview with NBC. Through it all, the 27-year-old former Minnesota State Mankato athlete from Detroit Lakes insists life is no different for him. "No," he said. "I'm just trying to keep it the same."
MANKATO, Minn. — Latavius Murray's first practice with the Vikings will have to wait. The running back, who underwent surgery March 22 on his right ankle and missed all of spring drills, was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on the first day of training camp Monday, July 24. Murray, however, is considered to be close to returning. The Vikings also put defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who hasn't played since last September because of a knee injury, on the active/non-football injury list and linebacker Shaan Washington on the PUP list.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Now that he is the Vikings' highest-paid receiver, Minnesota native Adam Thielen insists he won't lose the desire that led to him to the NFL in the first place. Thielen was undrafted and pretty much unknown coming out of Division II Minnesota State Mankato in 2013, and had to survive a tryout camp to make the Vikings' practice squad. After working his way up, he has a new three-year, $17 million contract, with the deal being worth as much $27 million if all incentives are reached.