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MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford, who has been on injured reserve the past two months with a knee injury, will return to practice Tuesday, Jan. 2. Bradford hasn't played since Oct. 9 and was placed on injured reserve Nov. 8. The Vikings will have three weeks from when he returns to practice to decide whether to activate him during the playoffs or keep him out the rest of the season.
MINNEAPOLIS—If Minnesota Vikings players want some locker-room advice on what it's like to venture deep into the postseason, there aren't a lot of places to turn. Minnesota has just two players who have appeared in a Super Bowl: nose tackle Linval Joseph and offensive tackle Mike Remmers. Joseph, a starter on the 2011 New York Giants, is the only one of the two with a Super Bowl ring, although wide receiver Michael Floyd did get one last season with New England despite being inactive for the game.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Vikings will have a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs, but quarterback Case Keenum isn't planning much relaxing. Over the past two games, Minnesota's offense has been less fluid. In Sunday's 23-10 victory over Chicago at U.S. Bank Stadium, Keenum completed 21 of 29 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown but didn't really stretch the field.
MINNEAPOLIS — Center Cornelius Edison may get a shot Sunday, Dec. 31, to face his former team. The Vikings on Saturday signed Edison off the practice squad and placed long snapper Kevin McDermott on injured reserve, ending his season. Edison will be the backup center behind Joe Berger in Sunday's regular-season finale against Chicago at U.S. Bank Stadium and also could see special-teams duty. Edison played six games last season for the Bears after being an undrafted rookie in 2015.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings' defense has impressed a pair of Purple People Eaters. Entering Sunday, Dec. 31's regular-season finale against Chicago at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Vikings (12-3) rank No. 1 in the NFL in both total defense and scoring defense. They have finished first in both categories twice before, in 1969 and 1970. Those were the early days of the fabled defensive line that featured hall of famers Alan Page and Carl Eller.
MINNEAPOLIS — Long snapper Jeff Overbaugh will make his NFL debut for the Vikings on Sunday, Dec. 31, and he can't wait. "I've been working for this for a long time, so it's definitely a dream come true,'' Overbaugh said. The Vikings on Tuesday, Dec. 26, signed Overbaugh to replace Kevin McDermott, who suffered a dislocated left shoulder last Saturday at Green Bay. McDermott will miss Sunday's regular-season finale against Chicago at U.S. Bank Stadium, but could be back for the playoffs.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Two months after being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury, Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is about to return to practice. Coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday, Dec. 27, he expects Bradford to participate in workouts next week. Zimmer said he doesn't know yet if Bradford, who is eligible next week to return to the roster, will be activated for the playoffs. "We'll see when we practice," Zimmer said. "All I've done is talk to him. I haven't watched him work out or do any of those things."
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings signed long snapper Jeff Overbaugh on Tuesday to replace injured Kevin McDermott for at least Sunday’s regular-season finale against Chicago. To make room on the roster, Minnesota placed guard Nick Easton on injured reserve. Easton suffered a fractured ankle last Saturday at Green Bay.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Jeremiah Sirles has a heavy heart, but he is ready to take over for his close friend. Late in the first quarter of Saturday night's 16-0 victory over Green Bay at Lambeau Field, Vikings left guard Nick Easton suffered a fractured ankle. He will have surgery and is out for the rest of the season. Sirles replaced Easton for the remainder of the game in Green Bay, and he will take over that spot for next Sunday's regular-season finale against Chicago and presumably for the playoffs.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Packers fans seemed to lay off Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr on Saturday night. Not so, Stefon Diggs. The Vikings receiver said he had a beer thrown at him from the stands after his first-quarter touchdown reception in Minnesota's 16-0 victory over Green Bay at Lambeau Field.