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8-8, 3rd in NFC North

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

The theory that the Vikings' defense had to carry too heavy a load last year has some legitimacy: According to ESPN Stats and Information, the Vikings played 33 percent their second-half defensive snaps when they were ahead or behind by four or fewer points. That's nearly three points above the league average of 30.3 percent. Of the Vikings' 154 "high-leverage' defensive snaps, 111 came in the six-week stretch before what might have been their most uncharacteristic loss: their 34-6 defeat against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 18.

Bridgewater can still impact Vikings (1:50)
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21hBen Goessling

Vikes' Bridgewater: 'I know' return will happen

Teddy Bridgewater says he hasn't had any setbacks in his recovery from the massive injury to his left knee he sustained nearly a year ago in practice with the Minnesota Vikings.

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21hBill Barnwell

Ranking weapons: Vikings lacking stars

Stefon Diggs will get hot for a week or two, but he hasn't been consistently great. Minnesota has several other useful pieces, but no true star power at the moment.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Is there a chance Teddy Bridgewater won't be able to resume his career? "Not at all," Bridgewater said. "I don't know when [playing again] is going to happen, but I know that it is going to happen."

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Teddy Bridgewater is conducting his first press conference since his knee injury. He said he never thought this injury would be career-ending, and credited his mother, Rose Murphy, for teaching him to fight when she battled breast cancer. "I come from amazing DNA," he said.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater will speak publicly tomorrow for the first time since his knee injury last Aug. 30. Bridgewater, who was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list on Wednesday, will talk to reporters at 11:30 Central time from Vikings training camp.

ESPN Stats & Info

Can Zeke keep it up?

Ezekiel Elliott's 48 carries last season put him in the top ranks of rookies over the last 15 years. The only player ahead of Elliott is the Cowboys' third-string running back, Alfred Morris.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Teddy Bridgewater has arrived at training camp, with no brace on his left knee He's as popular as ever with fans in Mankato.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Everson Griffen's agent, Brian Murphy, applauded the Vikings in a statement for getting a contract extension done two years before the defensive end hit free agency.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Sam Bradford, on the first day of training camp, said "nothing has changed" with his contract since the spring. Bradford is in the final year of his contract with the Vikings.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Everson Griffen said his new contract adds four years to his current deal. It now runs through 2022. Said Griffen, who turns 30 in December: "It means I'm a Viking for life."

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

This is one way for Vikings personnel to get their cars to training camp:

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer said Sharrif Floyd has improved, but he still doesn't know when -- or if -- Floyd might be able to practice. "You know that guy Carnac (the Magnificent), from Johnny Carson?" he said. "I don't have the envelope.

Team Stats

Passing Yards239.818th
Rushing Yards75.332nd
Points For20.423rd
Points Against19.26th

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