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Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Devastating blow for Vikings linebacker Cameron Smith, who revealed on his Instagram that he will undergo open-heart surgery to fix a bicuspid aortic valve that he was born with. Smith first discovered the heart defect after testing positive for COVID-19. "It really is a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn't have lasted much longer," Smith wrote. The Vikings added linebacker depth on Saturday w/ fmr Raiders LB Quentin Poling.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Andre Patterson had two pieces of advice for nose tackle Michael Pierce, who opted out of the 2020 season: "Number one, stay safe, make the correct choices out there while you're away and, number two, get your great trainer that makes sure you stay in shape and, number two, find someone who can cook your meals to make sure you're eating the correct things. So those are things that I went over with him.''

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings co-DC Andre Patterson said Danielle Hunter will stay at left defensive end instead of moving over to the right side to fill Everson Griffen's spot. "We're going to keep him where he feels comfortable. Obviously there are going to be games where we move him around a little bit just like we did with him and Everson in the New Orleans game. But I don't want to take a guy from where he's comfortable and making a team for himself to be one of the best in the business at what he does."

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3dMike Clay

Ranking every NFL position group from 1-32

Which team has the best wide receivers? The best edge rushers? We rank all 32 teams in 10 different position groups, plus with an overall roster outlook.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Gary Kubiak said he doesn't see left tackle Riley Reiff moving to guard and that the Vikings have started working 2nd round pick Ezra Cleveland at guard in order to give him some experience where he hasn't played much. Kubiak noted the four returning O-linemen (Reiff, Elflein, Bradbury and O'Neill) and the opening at guard, which Cleveland could be in line for. He'll be in competition with Dru Samia, who Kubiak said he has "big expectations" for after the fmr 4th rounder's "redshirt year."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer on Michael Pierce's decision to opt out of the 2020 season due to respiratory concerns: "Michael called and he explained to us his situation, as far as having asthma, and a couple of years ago he had pneumonia, so it just wasn't safe for him to play, and really, honestly, if a player doesn't think he's safe and should do this, I'm with him 100 percent. But we'll figure it out. Without going into too much detail, we've got a plan and will stick to it.”

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11dCourtney Cronin

Vikings place LB Barr on COVID reserve list

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, who had 79 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season, became the eighth player from the team to be placed on the reserve list for COVID-19.

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13dCourtney Cronin

Source: Vikes' Cook reports; DT Pierce opts out

Dalvin Cook reported to Vikings camp on Tuesday, effectively ending his holdout, while defensive lineman Michael Pierce said he is opting out, citing respiratory concerns.

Team Stats

Passing Yards220.223rd
Rushing Yards133.36th
Points For25.48th
Points Against18.9Tied-27th

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