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Vikings knew Latavius Murray needed surgery before signing him

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings announced that running back Latavius Murray, who signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the team on Thursday, underwent ankle surgery Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Vikings said in a statement that they knew about Murray’s need for an operation before they signed him last week, and they added that they expect him to be ready for training camp. The surgery could mean, however, that Murray will miss most of the team’s offseason program, which begins next month.

The team signed Murray at the end of a two-day free-agent visit last week and told Adrian Peterson after the deal was done that they would be moving on from him. Murray figures to team with Jerick McKinnon in the Vikings’ backfield, but general manager Rick Spielman has called this year’s running back class the deepest he has ever seen, and the Vikings could look to add to their group in the draft next month.

Murray received a $1.8 million signing bonus from the Vikings and has a guaranteed $900,000 base salary and $700,000 roster bonus for 2017. Only $1.1 million of his 2018 base salary is currently guaranteed against injury, and the full $5.15 million would not become guaranteed until the third day of the 2018 league year, which means the Vikings could move on from the 27-year-old after this season with little financial risk.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Sam Bradford(Sam Bradford Jersey) is expected be the first quarterback to start for the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium, a source told ESPN on Saturday.

Bradford took every first-team snap in practice this week, according to a league source, and he likely will replace Shaun Hill, who led the Vikings to a Week 1 win against the Tennessee Titans.

The Vikings open up their new stadium Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers.

Hill threw for 237 yards and didn’t commit a turnover in the Vikings’ 25-16 win against the Titans, but Minnesota gave up a 2017 first-round pick and a conditional 2018 fourth-rounder for Bradford on Sept. 3 after Teddy Bridgewater tore multiple ligaments in his left knee on a noncontact play on Aug. 30.

Bradford, who formerly played for the Eagles and Rams, has been going through a crash course in the Vikings’ offense, spending early mornings with quarterbacks coach Scott Turner and staying late at the facility. He stayed on the practice field to get extra work with the first-team offense after practices this week.

“I thought Sam is a lot more comfortable with all the communication. I think he’s getting more comfortable,” offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Thursday. “The most important thing: He’s getting comfortable with our players. Each guy is a little bit different, and I think you get reps with them, and you start getting more comfortable.”

Coach Mike Zimmer would not announce his starting quarterback Friday, saying both Bradford and Hill are ready to play and that the team would reveal its decision Sunday.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — And here, all this time, we thought Jared Allen(Jared Allen Jersey), Ryan Longwell and Steve Hutchinson were teaming up to convince Brett Favre to come back to the Minnesota Vikings for one more season during their training-camp trip to Mississippi in 2010.

Turns out, only two of them — Longwell and Hutchinson — were recruiting the soon-to-be Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback. Allen, the team’s Pro Bowl defensive end, actually told Favre to stay retired.

Allen, appearing on former Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker A.J. Hawk’s podcast, told Hawk that when then-Vikings coach Brad Childress dispatched him, Longwell and Hutchinson to Favre’s 465-acre estate outside Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Allen ended up telling Favre not to come back for one more season.

And if anyone thought that perhaps Allen was joking — he does tell Hawk at one point that he was simply using the trip “to get out of training camp for a few days” — or engaging in some revisionist history, he wasn’t, according to Longwell, who for 11 of his 15 NFL seasons was teammates with Favre (nine in Green Bay, two in Minnesota).

“There was a lot said between the four of us in those 16 hours that we were down there,” Longwell said in a text message Friday. “That was for sure one of the subjects that came up. [It’s] 100 percent true.”

Favre had had a turn-back-the-clock season in 2009, beating the Packers twice — he threw seven touchdown passes and no interceptions in the two games against his former team — and leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game, which they lost to the eventual Super Bowl-champion New Orleans Saints in overtime after Favre’s interception late in regulation.

So, as he looked around Favre’s expansive property after he and his teammates arrived on team owner Zygi Wilf’s private jet, Allen advised Favre against a 2010 return.

“I was the one guy who told him, ‘Stay retired,’” Allen recounted to Hawk. “Hutch and Longwell put the pressure on him. I was like, ‘Listen, dude. It looks like you got it pretty good down here.’ His place is amazing. I’m like, ‘I’m going to be real honest with you. If I’m you, I stay retired.’”

As it turns out, Favre should have listened; the Vikings went 6-10 and Favre saw his NFL-record ironman streak end at 322 consecutive starts (including playoffs) when he suffered a concussion in a 40-14 home loss to Chicago in late December. The Packers, meanwhile, went on to win Super Bowl XLV, the team’s first NFL title since Favre led the 1996 team to a Super Bowl XXXI victory.

“I’m like, ‘Don’t come back thinking you’ve got to prove something,’” Allen said. “’If you want to come back and have fun with us and try to win some football games, do it. If not, I might retire and move down here [with you].’”

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson(Adrian Peterson Jersey) said he sprained his left ankle in the second quarter of the team’s 38-17 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, though Peterson returned to the game late in the third quarter.

Peterson’s left ankle bent awkwardly as Bears defensive end Pernell McPhee dragged him down following a 9-yard gain. Peterson went to the trainer’s table but quickly hopped off and appeared to try to walk off the injury. He went to the locker room with Vikings officials after consulting with athletic trainer Eric Sugarman.

“You could call it an alligator tackle; they snap on, and they twist,” Peterson said. “A guy rolled me up.”

Asked about the severity of the injury, Peterson said, “I really can’t pinpoint it right now, but it was definitely an ankle sprain. I was able to get out and kind of get it loose, and I got loose enough after about the first series (of the third quarter) and was able to get back out there.”

Peterson said he did not need X-rays, adding, “The bone and everything is OK.” He said he wasn’t sure if he would need an MRI.

The NFL’s leading rusher, Peterson finished the day with 63 yards on 18 carries and has 1,314 yards for the season, taking a 9-yard lead over Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin with two weeks to go. Peterson admitted he was initially worried about being able to return to the game, but he had six carries in the second half.

“I came in and was sitting around for a little bit,” he said. “They taped it up, and it got a little stiff on me. When I got out and was able to move around and get the muscles and tendons back firing, it got to a point where I was OK and I could go.”