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Vikings Everson Griffen named NFC Defensive Player of the Month

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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Eden Prairie, MN (October 30, 2014) - Vikings DE Everson Griffen has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Month following his performance in four games during the month of October.Griffen recorded an NFC-best 6.0 sacks in a four-game span during the month of October. He was the only player in the conference to record at least 1.0 sack in four games this month. Griffen also led all NFC defensive linemen with 20 total tackles (16 solo) in the month.

Griffen recorded 3.0 sacks at Buffalo (10/19/14), tying a career best. In the game, he also forced his first fumble of the 2014 season and notched a season-best 8 tackles.

His NFC-leading 8.0 sacks on the season tie his career high and rank third in the NFL and first among all defensive ends.

He becomes the first Viking since Jared Allen (October, 2011) to win the award.

VIKINGS NFC DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

1986
Doug Martin, DE
September

1989
Keith Millard, DT
October

1992
Chris Doleman, DE
December

1993
Chris Doleman, DE
December/January

1994
Jack Del Rio, LB
September

1994
Anthony Parker, CB
October

1994
John Randle, DT
December

1996
John Randle, DT
October

1997
John Randle, DT
October

1999
John Randle, DT
December

2005
Darren Sharper, S
November

2011
Jared Allen, DE
October

2014
Everson Griffen, DE
October

Vikings Barr wins NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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Eden Prairie, MN (October 29, 2014) - Vikings LB Anthony Barr has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his performance in the Vikings 19-13 overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Barr recorded eight tackles, 1.0 sack, one pass defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one fumble return touchdown in the win. On the first play of the overtime period, he forced a fumble, recovered it and returned it 27 yards for the game-winning touchdown. This play marked the fourth time in NFL history that a player has returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown in overtime. It was the first overtime defensive touchdown in Vikings history.

He becomes the first Vikings defensive player to win the award since Antoine Winfield in 2010 (Week 16 at Philadelphia) and the first Vikings rookie defensive player to win it since Cedric Griffin in 2006 (Week 14 at Detroit).

Barr, the ninth overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, currently leads all NFL rookies with 3.0 sacks and is tied for the NFL lead with 3 fumble recoveries.

ROOKIE LBS TO WIN NFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK SINCE 2005

2005
DeMarcus Ware, DAL
Week 16

2009
Clay Matthews, GB
Week 13

2009
Brian Orakpo, WAS
Week 14

2010
Sean Lee, DAL
Week 13

2012
Luke Kuechly, CAR
Week 14

2014
Anthony Barr, MIN
Week 8

Vikings release WR Jerome Simpson

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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Jerome Simpson, who was serving a 3-game league imposed suspension as a result of violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, will not get a chance to finish out his suspension as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. On Thursday the Vikings announced that they had released Simpson after they learned of a citation he received in early July for marijuana possession, open bottle and a violation of his limited driver’s license. Simpson is scheduled to appear in a Hennepin County court on November 3rd for July citation. The news on Simpson came one day after the Vikings had announced that Adrian Peterson had been moved to the commissioner’s exemption list and would not be participating in team activities until his legal issues were resolved.

Vikings do an about face: Peterson out, again

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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Adrian PetersonIn a statement released early this morning by the Minnesota Vikings ownership, Adrian Peterson will no longer be participating in team activities until his legal situation is resolved. Here is the statement:
Eden Prairie, MN (September 17, 2014) - This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.

We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role - and the responsibilities that go with it - as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.

While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.

We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision. - Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf

Statement released by Adrian Peterson today

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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The following statement was released by Adrian Peterson’s representative’s today:

My attorney has asked me not to discuss the facts of my pending case. I hope you can respect that request and help me honor it. I very much want the public to hear from me but I understand that it is not appropriate to talk about the facts in detail at this time. Nevertheless, I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.

I never wanted to be a distraction to the Vikings organization, the Minnesota community or to my teammates. I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son.

I voluntarily appeared before the grand jury several weeks ago to answer any and all questions they had. Before my grand jury appearance, I was interviewed by two different police agencies without an attorney. In each of these interviews I have said the same thing, and that is that I never ever intended to harm my son. I will say the same thing once I have my day in court.

I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen. I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.

I have learned a lot and have had to reevaluate how I discipline my son going forward. But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives. I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make.

I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day.

I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct. Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.