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Vikings' challenge at U.S. Bank Stadium: Replicate Metrodome noise

Acoustic mayhem and home-field advantage. What the Vikings once had at the Metrodome is what they're seeking at their new digs, writes Kevin Seifert.

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Predicting breakout rookies for all 32 teams

In Sterling Shepard, the Giants believe they picked up a wingman for Odell Beckham Jr. Which other rookies could star in 2016? NFL Nation picks the rookie each team will rely on the most.

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Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers announce RB Branden Oliver suffered an Achilles injury and will not return. Oliver had to be carted off of the field after the non-contact injury. It did not look good. Oliver finished 2015 on IR with turf toe.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

40-year-old punter Shane Lechler is on the program for today's Texans game against the Cardinals.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers first-round pick Kenny Clark said he's not worried that his back injury – which he referred to as "tightness" – would keep him out of the regular-season opener. He didn't travel to the 49ers game because the doctors didn't think the long flight would be good for his back.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (in the black No. 7 jersey) let the braids out for today's practice as San Francisco resumes practice in advance of Thursday's preseason finale against San Diego.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

A few Cardinals players are starting to trickle onto the field to stretch and warm up.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

VIKINGS 12, CHARGERS 10 (HALFTIME): Though he was under more pressure than the Vikings probably would have liked, Teddy Bridgewater had an impressive first half in his return from the sore shoulder that kept him out last Thursday against the Seahawks. Bridgewater went 12-for-16 for 161 yards and a touchdown, also juking his way to a 22-yard run. Jerick McKinnon had a solid half, too, gaining 56 yards on eight carries, and Bridgewater found Stefon Diggs five times for 71 yards. The Vikings' concerns from the first half are familiar ones: Bridgewater was sacked three times, and Melvin Gordon scored the first touchdown at U.S. Bank Stadium on a 39-yard run after Audie Cole went for Philip Rivers on a blitz and Michael Griffin missed Gordon in the open field.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Backup quarterback Derek Anderson doesn't have a helmet so it appears he will get a rare day off for Panthers. That means a lot of work for Cam Newton and Joe Webb. Appears LB Thomas Davis and DT Kawann Short are getting a vet day. Guard Chris Scott will practice.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

It's 1:30 on Sunday, and while there are some shadows on the field at U.S. Bank Stadium, they don't seem unmanageable. Late afternoons will be interesting.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Assuming he's done for the day after leading a two-minute drill for a touchdown, Teddy Bridgewater will finish 12-for-16 for 161 yards and a score, while running for 22 yards on one scramble. Bridgewater was sacked three times, but did an impressive job making throws in the pocket as defenders closed in on him. He also engineered the touchdown with three impressive throws in a row, finding Kyle Rudolph for a 27-yard touchdown after a 22-yard sideline strike to Stefon Diggs and a 19-yard completion to Charles Johnson.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers WR Jordy Nelson said he "probably won't" play in the preseason finale on Thursday at KC, which means he'll go into the regular season without any game reps since his ACL tear. He does expect to get team (11-on-11) reps in practice this week.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers DE Joey Bosa's replacement Darius Philon gets his first sack of preseason play, bringing down Teddy Bridgewater.

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Lions traded WR Jeremy Kerley to San Francisco for OL Brandon Thomas, pending physicals for both players, per league source.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills OLB Manny Lawson responded today for the first time to the NFL's confirmation that he is being investigated for a personal conduct policy violation, saying there was "no physical violence" in 2014 domestic incident in Arizona. "We'll see what the NFL has to say about it," Lawson added, saying there have been no other incidents since then.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Philip Rivers is done for the day. He finishes 5 of 9 for 54 yards, 1 interception. Chargers lead Vikings 7-6 near the end of the second quarter.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Darian Daily, head groundskeeper for Paul Brown Stadium since 2003, passed away Saturday while painting a football field at Taylor High School in Ohio. Daily was in his late 40s. "The news of Darian's passing is tragic to the entire Bengals organization," said Bengals public relations director Jack Brennan. "He was a great individual--enthusiastic, helpful, fun to be around. He will be missed in a very personal sense as well as a professional one. ... Our sympathy goes out to Darian's family and friends."

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins starting TE Jordan Cameron practices blocking drills. This is an area where he's improved thus far.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins LB Jelani Jenkins also isn't practicing with a knee ailment. I also don't see DT Ndamukong Suh in early portion of practice. He tweaked his ankle in the first quarter against Atlanta last week.