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Stefon Diggs of Minnesota Vikings not expected to play vs. Detroit Lions


Minnesota Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs, listed as questionable with a rib injury, is not expected to play Sunday against the visiting Detroit Lions, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Minnesota has its bye week upcoming, so Diggs will have two weeks to rest his injured ribs.

On Saturday, the Vikings elevated wide receiver Chad Beebe off the practice squad and onto the active roster.

For the past two months, Beebe’s work on the scout team has drawn praise from many within the organization. The 5-foot-10 slot receiver gives Minnesota a different look among its group of pass-catchers.

A source also told Schefter that Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, questionable with a lingering hamstring injury, is expected to see the field but be on a pitch count of about 20 or so plays.

Minnesota (4-3-1) has had the same thought before, only to see Cook struggle pregame and deactivate him.

For the Lions, cornerback Darius Slay is expected to play, a source told Schefter.

Detroit (3-4) is also optimistic that defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who has not played since the first quarter of Week 1 because of a shoulder injury, will play against Minnesota, a source said. The Lions just want to test him pregame first.

Information from ESPN’s Courtney Cronin was used in this report.



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Minnesota Vikings elevate WR Chad Beebe; Stefon Diggs still questionable


EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings will elevate wide receiver Chad Beebe off the practice squad and onto the active roster ahead of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, sources told ESPN on Saturday.

Beebe, a rookie from Northern Illinois and the son of former NFL wide receiver Don Beebe, joined the Vikings via a tryout in May. He was released Sept. 1 after catching 10 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns during the preseason and was placed on the practice squad one day later.

The roster move may further highlight that the Vikings doubt Stefon Diggs (ribs) will be able to play Sunday. Diggs said Thursday that he anticipates playing, but he did not practice this week and is listed as questionable on the final injury report.

For the past two months, Beebe’s work on scout team has drawn praise from many within the organization. The 5-foot-10 slot receiver presents the Vikings with a different look among its group of pass-catchers.

If Diggs can’t play, sources indicate Beebe could play a considerable amount on offense. His quickness, route running and ability to beat linebackers with his speed could be beneficial against the Lions.

Beebe, 24, worked as a punt returner during the preseason, but the likelihood that he will play on special teams against the Lions may come down to an emergency basis. The former NIU standout has primarily been a part of show teams in practice and is not expected to be heavily involved in the game plan on special teams, sources told ESPN.

His father appeared in six Super Bowls during his career with Buffalo, Carolina and Green Bay and won a Lombardi Trophy while with the Packers during the 1996 season.

The Vikings will have to make a corresponding roster move before Beebe’s status on the 53-man roster is official.



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Dalvin Cook and Stefon Diggs are questionable for the Minnesota Vikings game against the Detroit Lions


EAGAN, Minn. — Dalvin Cook and Stefon Diggs are listed as questionable for the Minnesota Vikings‘ Week 9 game against the Detroit Lions.

The wide receiver said he sustained an injury to his ribs in the second quarter of the New Orleans Saints game after catching a 19-yard screen pass and hitting the ground after he was tackled. Diggs did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday and appeared to return in limited capacity on Friday.

Cook returned to practice in limited capacity this week after shutting down football activity entirely in the days leading into the Vikings game against the Saints. The running back is recovering from the hamstring injury he sustained in Week 2 and said he won’t know how his body will respond until he gets in a game.

“I’ve been practicing all week,” Cook said Thursday. “I’m in a comfortable spot. I just got to keep stacking the days up. One thing about injuries — you can’t ever replicate a game in practice. Tweaking and turning your body and getting tackled. We don’t tackle in practice. So you’ll never know.”

Xavier Rhodes, Andrew Sendejo and Riley Reiff are also listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Tom Compton, Anthony Barr and Roc Thomas are out.



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Stefon Diggs of Minnesota Vikings recovering from rib injury


EAGAN, Minn. — Stefon Diggs is recovering this week from an injury he sustained to his ribs against the New Orleans Saints.

The Vikings wide receiver did not participate in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, although he was able to toss the football to his position group during individual drills earlier today.

Diggs believes he was injured on a 19-yard screen pass that he caught in the second quarter of Minnesota’s 30-20 loss last Sunday. The receiver said he does not think he took a hit to the ribs on the play in question but rather sustained a bruise upon hitting the ground.

“I think so. I’m not 100 percent sure, but that’s probably when it happened,” Diggs said. “I think I just hit the ground a little bit too hard that one time.”

Diggs was seen chatting with Vikings trainers on the sideline after the reception, which occurred on the first play in the second quarter, but went back in the game one play later. The fifth-year receiver caught 10 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown against New Orleans and was able to play 64 of a total 73 offensive snaps. Notably, Diggs was not on the field for the Vikings’ failed conversion on fourth-and-1 from their own 45-yard line in the third quarter.

Friday’s injury report will provide more clarity as to whether Diggs will have a shot at facing the Lions on Sunday. The likelihood of that increases if he’s able to practice in some capacity tomorrow.

“Yeah,” Diggs said when he asked if he anticipates playing in Week 9. “Always, as I should.”

The Vikings may also see the return of running back Dalvin Cook against Detroit. Cook has been battling through a hamstring injury he sustained in overtime at Green Bay in Week 2, which has limited him to 36 carries for 98 yards in 10 quarters of play.

Sources indicated to ESPN last week the belief that Cook would remain sidelined through the bye week after missing the Saints game, but his return to practice this week in limited capacity may indicate the second-year back is further along with his rehabilitation.

Cook did not practice during the week leading into the game against New Orleans. Eliminating football activity, he says, was beneficial to his recovery process.

“Very, very important,” Cook said. “I think with these things, if you’re kind of stepping on it and keep doing what you’re doing, you’re going to keep lingering it on. You kind of need to shut the body down. That’s why I’m so confident in our medical staff because they’ve got the right plan set up for me. We’ve been going by what they (have) for me daily and my body’s been reacting to it good. It was very important.”

Cook said he’s in a “comfortable spot” after practicing all week and is likely to be listed as questionable if he practices again on Friday. The running back said he doesn’t know if there are any lingering effects from his hamstring injury given he hasn’t taken snaps in a game since the Vikings played the Rams in Week 4. He’ll know how he truly feels and what percentage he can assign to his hamstring’s being fully healed when he gets in a game.

“That’s the big key,” Cook said. “You can practice. You can run around. You can run straight. You can do all that. But it’s about going out there and the person chasing you and you turning your body and you twisting your body and having the twitch to do it, that’s when hamstrings occur. That’s how it occurred during the Green Bay game. My body got torqued around, and that’s what happened.”

Latavius Murray has shouldered the load in Cook’s absence and rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown against the Saints’ No. 1 run defense last week. The last time the Vikings played the Lions, Murray ran 20 times for 84 yards and a touchdown.



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Stefon Diggs, Xavier Rhodes return to practice for Minnesota Vikings after benching


EAGAN, Minn. — Stefon Diggs and Xavier Rhodes, both preaching “family first” but saying their competitive nature got the best of them, returned to practice Thursday after getting benched by Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on Wednesday.

The two players began jawing in practice Tuesday and had exchanged heated trash talk through Wednesday’s walk-through before Zimmer sat them down for Wednesday’s practice.

Diggs, who said there was no carryover into the locker room, said he had spoken with Rhodes and that the two have moved on.

“It’s not like we had to bury a hatchet,” Diggs said Thursday. “There was nothing there. Just two competitive guys wanted to go at it each and every day, that’s all.”

It all started Tuesday when Rhodes intercepted a pass intended for Adam Thielen, and Diggs made several big gains on passes thrown into the corner’s coverage.

Diggs then caught a 50-yard touchdown pass during team drills and threw the ball into the stands. Rhodes stayed on the field for several reps and remained in at cornerback with the third-team defense.

After the heated chatter carried over into Wednesday’s walk-through, Zimmer let both players know they would not be practicing that afternoon.

“We compete each and every day, but foremost we’re family first,” Rhodes said Thursday. “It’s a brotherhood, and sometimes you’re just going to go through it. We came together as a team, we knew what we did wrong and we’re accountable for it. And they’re holding us accountable for it because we’re leaders of our team.”

Added Diggs: “If anybody who has siblings … you know, if you ever got into with your sibling over the last cookie, it’s always fun afterwards. For me, going out today, I’m excited to be practicing. I’m pretty sure he is. We’re just excited to be back to work.”

Zimmer’s decision to nip the incident before it intensified is something Rhodes said he appreciates about the way his head coach manages his players.

“With Coach Zim, you don’t know what’s coming,” Rhodes said. “He handles everything in an appropriate manner because he doesn’t want anyone to feel like they’re above anything — above the team, above the logo. That was his thing.

“By doing that, it lets us know we’re a family. We need to make up, give ourselves some time and come back together as a family and make up.”

Diggs offered an apology to fans who had been waiting for him during the previous day’s autograph session.

“I’m going to make it a priority and my business: If anybody didn’t get an autograph, I’m going to make sure they get one,” Diggs said.

After 11 full team practices, the Vikings will travel to Denver for their first preseason game on Saturday.



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Stefon Diggs, Xavier Rhodes benched for Minnesota Vikings’ practice


EAGAN, Minn. — Stefon Diggs and Xavier Rhodes were absent from Minnesota Vikings practice on Wednesday due to disciplinary reasons, coach Mike Zimmer said.

“They did not make me happy,” Zimmer said before clarifying that their absences were not related to injury.

Diggs and Rhodes began jawing in practice on Tuesday when Diggs caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins and proceeded to launch the ball into the stands. Rhodes stayed on the field for several reps after the fact and continued playing at corner with the third-team defense.

The two had already been exchanging trash talk after Rhodes intercepted a pass meant for Adam Thielen and Diggs made several big gains on passes thrown in the corner’s direction. The heated nature of their interaction carried over into Wednesday morning’s walk-through before Zimmer decided to make them sit out.

“Just undisciplined stuff,” Zimmer said.

The Vikings have been practicing as a full team since July 28. On Saturday, Minnesota plays its first preseason game in Denver.

“It’s that time of camp to go play against somebody else,” offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said. “The defense knows our calls, we know their calls. It’s getting a little chippy out there. It’s time to take some chipiness out on somebody else.”

Also not participating in Wednesday’s practice was linebacker Anthony Barr, whose absence from team drills last week stirred up alleged trade controversy Zimmer elected to address on his own accord. The coach later revealed that “a tweak” was the reason behind Barr sitting out last Thursday.

While he would not detail why Barr sat out this week, Zimmer did clarify, again, that it has nothing to do with a trade.

“I thought I put that to bed last Friday,” he said.



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