MINNEAPOLIS — Adam Thielen wasn’t even in high school yet when Larry Fitzgerald entered the NFL in 2004 with Arizona with the acclaim of the third overall pick in the draft. Nine years later, Thielen needed a rookie tryout camp with Minnesota just to earn a roster spot. It took a season on the practice squad and two more years spent mostly on special teams to set him up to break out as one of the league’s best wide receivers — and underdog stories. With
EAGAN, Minn. — Last week, the Minnesota Vikings were concerned enough about Everson Griffen’s state of mind that they barred the three-time Pro Bowl defensive end from practice until he had a mental health evaluation. After a scary series of incidents on Saturday, Griffen remained away from the team on Tuesday and out of action indefinitely. Coach Mike Zimmer said Griffen would not travel with the team to play the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday. “The only thing we really are
GREEN BAY — For the Minnesota Vikings, it’s more about whether Aaron Rodgers will have his full bag of tricks while playing with a knee injury than if he’ll be playing at all. The Vikings are thoroughly convinced the Green Bay Packers quarterback will be in uniform today when they visit Lambeau Field. “I don’t know if he’s mobile. I don’t know if he can run. We don’t know anything,” Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen said.
EAGAN, Minn. — For all the heads Mike Hughes has turned in practice with Minnesota since the Vikings picked him in the first round of the draft, they certainly harbored no plan to play him on 79 percent of the snaps on defense in his first real NFL game. That’s what happened in his debut, though, thanks to injuries to two fellow cornerbacks. Hughes had an interception return for a touchdown and a team-leading three pass breakups in Minnesota’s 24-16 victory over San Francisco.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins gave the Minnesota Vikings exactly what they needed for a victorious debut by their new quarterback. The throws Cousins made in tight coverage at important times were on target. And unlike Jimmy Garoppolo, he kept the ball out of the other team’s hands. Cousins passed for two touchdowns and the Vikings forced four turnovers, fueling a 24-16 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday that stuck Garoppolo with his first loss in eight games as an NFL