Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.
Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.
Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.
Every weekday, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening with the team that day.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— RB Adrian Peterson missed his second straight practice. He’s expected to travel to Kansas City.
— QB Matt Cassel’s excited to return to Arrowhead Stadium.
— OT Antonio “Tiny” Richardson’s fighting for a backup tackle spot.
— Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer has moved on from the Chris Kluwe situation.
TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) August 21, 2014
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— Lions WR Calvin Johnson will play his first preseason game on Friday against the Jaguars.
— Bears S Chris Conte will try to silence his critics in his first preseason game on Friday against the Seahawks.
— The Packers have a difficult decision to make with a surplus of outside linebackers.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings will travel to Kansas City with their third preseason game against the Chiefs on Saturday at 7 p.m.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Wide receiver Rodney Smith had more catches against the Cardinals last week (4) than he did in four preseason games last year (3). Smith finished with 55 yards and the game-winning touchdown catch.
|Baltimore - LP: W. Chen||1||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Masterson||7|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta||5||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: A. Caminero||2|
|NY Yankees - LP: C. Sabathia||1||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: A. Simon||2|
|Cincinnati - WP: A. DeSclafani||6||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: W. Peralta||1|
|Cleveland - LP: C. Allen||3||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: D. Robertson||4|
|Minnesota - LP: K. Gibson||1||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: E. Volquez||7|
|San Diego - WP: O. Despaigne||14||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: J. De La Rosa||3|
|Oakland - WP: D. Otero||6||FINAL|
|LA Angels - LP: M. Shoemaker||3|
|Houston - WP: T. Sipp||7||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: D. Farquhar||5|
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