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MINNEAPOLIS — Some NFL careers might come to an end. Others might be resurrected. The Vikings will play their fourth and final preseason game against Tennessee at Nissan Stadium in Nashville Thursday, Aug. 30. Most starters aren't expected to play, leaving reserves to battle it out before the 53-man roster is set Saturday. "There are a lot of guys with jobs on the line," head coach Mike Zimmer said. "You have to make tough decisions. A lot of it depends on what happens in this game."
EAGAN, Minn. — Three years ago, then-Vikings wide receiver Mike Wallace predicted cornerback Terence Newman would play until he's 40. Looks like Wallace will be right. Newman, expected to be on Minnesota's 53-man roster when it's officially announced Saturday, Sept. 1,. turns 40 next Tuesday and expected, again, to be a big part of the defense when the Vikings open the season Sept. 9 against San Francisco at U.S. Bank Stadium.
EAGAN, Minn. — Trevor Siemian doesn't want last week's lackluster performance to be his last of the preseason. After two strong games, the Vikings backup quarterback completed just 4 of 8 passes for three yards and was sacked three times in a 21-20 win over Seattle on Friday, Aug. 24. Starter Kirk Cousins is not expected to play in Thursday night's finale at Tennessee. Coach Mike Zimmer has not announced whether Siemian or third-stringer Kyle Sloter will start, and Siemian said Tuesday he doesn't know.
EAGAN, Minn. — Several Vikings players have come up with a nickname for third-string quarterback Kyle Sloter, who has engineered two comeback victories in three games this preseason. "We call him 'The Closer,'" receiver Laquon Treadwell said. "He goes in and makes the most of his opportunities." Sloter, in his second season, doesn't deny that one day he'd rather be known as "The Starter." But for now he's fine with his role backing up Kirk Cousins and Trevor Siemian.
MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Sunday, Aug. 27, center Pat Elflein won't practice this week but that he likely will be taken off the physically unable to perform list before the season starts Sept. 9 against the San Francisco 49ers. Recovering from shoulder and ankle injuries, Elflein has been on the PUP list since the start of training camp. If he were to start the season on the PUP list, he would be out for at least the first six weeks. "He's going to practice when he's ready to," Zimmer said. "I don't know when that's going to be."
EAGAN, Minn. — Three decades ago, John DeFilippo was watching an NFL game with his father at the family home in Kentucky. Suddenly, during a break in the action, the 10-year-old had something to say. "He turned to me and said, 'Dad, someday I'm going to be coaching in the National Football League,'" Gene DeFilippo remembered.
MINNEAPOLIS—A legendary No. 28 helped the Vikings win a lot of games. Another one helped them at least win a preseason game. Safety George Iloka, who was signed on Wednesday, Aug. 22, and given Adrian Peterson's old No. 28, had a key tipped pass in a 21-20 preseason win over Seattle on Friday night, Aug. 24, at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS—It wasn't much of a workout, but Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is back. Cook started the 21-20 preseason win over Seattle at U.S. Bank Stadium Friday night, Aug. 24, his first action since suffering a torn left ACL on Oct. 1, 2017, against Detroit. He played only during the first series, carrying twice for 1 yard. "I got in, got banged up a little bit, got that out of the way," Cook said. "It's just time for everybody to know I can play football. ... I was excited. Nerves come with any football game."
MINNEAPOLIS—Kirk Cousins four times last year didn't throw 28 passes in an entire regular-season game. He had that many in the first half of a preseason game Friday night, Aug. 24. The Vikings let Cousins air it out in what was likely his final preseason appearance before the Thursday, Sept. 9, regular-season opener. The results were solid, if not spectacular, in Minnesota's 21-20 win over Seattle at U.S. Bank Stadium.
EAGAN, Minn. — The NFL’s top-ranked defense in 2017 might be even better in 2018. The Vikings signed veteran safety George Iloka to a one-year contract Wednesday, Aug. 22. Iloka started the past 76 games he played for Cincinnati, but the Bengals released him Sunday instead of taking on his $6.2 million salary-cap hit.