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EAGAN, Minn. — Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have attracted a lot fans, including Michael Jordan. Former Vikings Pro Bowl receiver Ahmad Rashad regularly watches his former team play with his friend and neighbor in Jupiter, Fla. He's seen three of this season's four games with the basketball hall of famer. "Michael appreciates them. Absolutely," Rashad said of the Minnesota receivers.
EAGAN, Minn. — For the second straight week, it's shaping up to be a game-time decision on Dalvin Cook. The Vikings running back sat out practice Thursday, Oct. 4, with a hamstring injury, the second straight day he missed. Coach Mike Zimmer said Cook most likely will be listed as questionable when the final injury report for Sunday's game at Philadelphia in released Friday afternoon.
EAGAN, Minn. — Linebacker Kentrell Brothers returned to the Vikings poorer by $148,235. That's how much money Brothers lost while serving a four-game NFL suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He rejoined the team this week. "The only thing I have learned is don't make dumb decisions because those situations, they hurt," Brothers said Wednesday before his first-regular season practice. "Not only am I hurt mentally but financially. I lose four game checks."
EAGAN, Minn. — Nine months ago in Philadelphia, the Vikings' defense lost its swagger. They're still trying to get it back. The Vikings entered the NFC Championship last January at Lincoln Financial Field weeks after finishing the regular season ranked No. 1 in the NFL in both scoring and total defense. The Eagles, however, dismantled that defense, rolling up 456 yards of total offense — 346 through the air — in a 38-7 win. Little has changed. The Vikings, 21st in the NFL in total defense, are giving up an average of 381.5 yards a game, and 277.5 on passes.
EAGAN, Minn. — Nick Easton hopes he hasn't played his last game for the Vikings. Easton, the starting left guard in 2017, was lost for the season after August surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. Easton is in line to become an unrestricted free agent next March, and he wants to re-sign with Minnesota. "Of course," he said. Nearly two months from his Aug. 9 surgery, Easton is rehabbing in the Twin Cities and said he's doing well. He's still not sure exactly how his injury occurred.
EAGAN, Minn. — When rookie defensive tackle Jalyn Holmes learned he would be inactive for the Vikings' opener last month, he was disappointed. The fourth-round pick had been a major contributor at Ohio State. Watching a game from the sideline was not exactly a thrilling prospect. "I kind of at first for about 30 minutes looked at it as a negative thing,'' Holmes said. "At first, I was like, 'Dang, I'm not playing.' But then I looked at the bigger picture like it's going to all work out in the end.''
EAGAN, Minn.—Upon further review, Dalvin Cook's hamstring injury remains an issue. After last Thursday's 38-31 loss to the Rams in Los Angeles, the Vikings running back said he "felt really good'' and shrugged off the notion that he was running through lingering effects from his injury. On Monday, he had a different take. "The thing is still healing up," Cook said. "I want to be 100 percent as bad as everybody else wants me to be 100 percent, but I'm just not there yet. I've just got to keep chipping away, but I'm going to be ready when the time comes."
EAGAN, Minn.—Philadelphia is known for its hostile fans. That's fine with Vikings running back Latavius Murray. The Vikings play Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Never mind that their last trip there, a 38-7 loss to the Eagles in last January's NFC championship game, didn't go well. "I love it," Murray said Monday. "I don't want to say I love playing away more than home, but to me there's no better feeling than everybody's against you and cheering against you and wanting to see you fail."
LOS ANGELES—The Minnesota Vikings defense is in a free fall. Last season, the Vikings defense ranked No. 1 in the NFL in both scoring and total defense. They gave up just 15.8 points per game and 275.9 yards per outing. Through four games this season, a defense some believed would be even better is allowing 27.5 points and 381.5 yards a game. Minnesota gave up 556 yards in a 38-31 loss to the Rams on Thursday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to drop to 1-2-1.
LOS ANGELES—When the Vikings signed quarterback Kirk Cousins last March, he was considered by many to be the final piece for a team aiming for its first Super Bowl victory. But Minnesota is a stunning 1-2-1. After Thursday night's 38-31 loss to the Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Cousins insisted he hasn't lost confidence in his new team.