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1-0-1, 1st in NFC North

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Before the game, Josh Donaldson told us about all the work he has been doing with Dr. Josh Sandell, a pioneering sports medicine specialist who works for the Minnesota Vikings and follows a multidimensional, systematic approach to treating orthopedic injuries. He met Dr. Sandell through who he called his "good friend" Arizona's WR Larry Fitzgerald. Donaldson told me he feels 100 percent healthy and that it was something that truly changed his rehab process. He has also changed some aspects of his workout routine and nutrition. "Two days after I saw (Dr. Sandell), that was the first time I was able to start running, and I ran my longest distance while accelerating probably without any pain."

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12hCourtney Cronin

Vikings RB Cook, DE Griffen to sit out vs. Bills

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook, who has rushed for 78 yards on 26 carries in two games, will miss Sunday's game against the Bills with a lingering hamstring injury.

Vikings' defense too much for Josh Allen (0:27)

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Zimmer was asked about the ambiguity of the roughing the passer calls on KFAN and noted how tough it's making things for defenders when trying to bring down the QB: "I think it's really difficult. We actually got a video from the league the other day and they were showing what plays were illegal and they had both those plays (Clay Matthews and Eric Kendricks' roughing the passer penalties). And it was the very next day. You usually don't get the officials video until Thursday. We got both of those plays on Monday and both of them were in the illegal category...They want you to hit him and let him go as he's going down. That's fine but you do that with Cam Newton and Roethlisberger and Rodgers, they're not going down. They're making it extremely difficult on defenders now."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer said on KFAN's "X's and O's" that safety Andrew Sendejo was told by an official at Green Bay that he was flagged for unnecessary roughness even though his form and delivery was correct by rules standards. "He (Sendejo) said, ‘What could I have done different?'" Zimmer said on KFAN. "He (the official) said ‘You did everything right. You couldn't have done anything different. They just want us to throw the flag.'" Zimmer said he placed a call to the league office to review the incident. Video replay of the hit shows Sendejo appearing to lead with his right shoulder on an open field tackle of Devante Adams after cornerback Xavier Rhodes had made initial contact with the receiver.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Dalvin Cook said the run game is doing just enough to keep teams unbalanced and affect the offense elsewhere, like in creating one-on-ones for for receivers. It's only Week 3, "no need to go into panic mode," Cook says. "The running game is doing just enough for those guys to get the matchups that they're getting. We just got to keep taking that step and the big runs that everybody is looking for are going to be there. If Thielen and Diggs and Treadwell keep taking the top off the defense, we love that. The box is going to get a little slim."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings didn't get the chance to sneak Stacy Coley back onto the practice squad. He's been claimed by the New York Giants, per a source, reuniting him with his rookie year offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

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4dBy Courtney Cronin and Brady Henderson

DT Johnson rejoins Vikings after release

DT Tom Johnson is rejoining the Vikings, the team that let him leave as a free agent during the offseason. Johnson was released by the Seahawks last week.


Barnwell Show: Sando talks Week 2, including Mahomes & Rodgers

Bill and Mike Sando discuss the dynamic start to Patrick Mahomes' season (1:54), the tie between Minnesota-Green Bay as well as Aaron Rodgers' play in it (12:55), Dan Bailey heading to the Vikings (22:24), the Jaguars beating the Patriots (29:32) and which division leaders are showing the most promise (39:08). Plus, will the Earl Thomas situation get resolved soon (59:44)?

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota used 2 sixth round draft picks to trade up into the 5th round to draft Daniel Carlson. Does Zimmer wish he had those picks back? "Nah, that's water off a duck's back. We'll get some more sixth rounders next year, I'm not worried about that. Plus we got three undrafted free agents on the roster, too, so it's probably better than having those six rounders."

Vikings, Browns make changes at kicker (1:03)
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5dCourtney Cronin

Sources: Vikes to add kicker Bailey; Carlson cut

The Vikings are adding kicker Dan Bailey, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter, following the release of Daniel Carlson a day after he went 0-for-3 on field goals in a tie against the Packers.

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5dCourtney Cronin

Vikings kicker cites lack of confidence for miss

Kicker Daniel Carlson says his third miss of Sunday's tie, which would have given the Vikings a win over the Packers, "was probably more just confidence after missing twice early. That's frustrating. That shorter one I should never miss."

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Minnesota Vikings open as 16.5-point home favorites against the Bills in Week 3 at Westgate, the largest spread this season.

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5dRob Demovsky

Matthews: Roughing passer flags 'out of control'

Matthews was flagged for a hit on Kirk Cousins, whose deep throw was picked off by rookie Jaire Alexander -- a play that would have given Aaron Rodgers the ball back with 1:37 left and a 29-21 lead.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer on whether he has a decision to make at kicker: "It's too early. Rick (Spielman) and I will sit down tomorrow and we'll talk about it. My job is to evaluate everything that happened today whether it was the running game, the defense or the passing game or the kicking game. We're going to evaluate all of it. "

Team Stats

Passing Yards319.55th
Rushing Yards92.022nd
Points For26.5Tied-9th
Points Against22.517th

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