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11-5, 1st in NFC North
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Source: Vikes QB hurt helping friend get into apt.

Vikings quarterback Taylor Heinicke severed a tendon in his left foot while trying to help a friend get back into his apartment earlier this month and is expected to miss three months.

Vikes have a question mark at safety

Minnesota made Harrison Smith the highest-paid safety in the league this spring, but the spot next to him has been in flux for several years, and there's no guarantee the Vikings have solved it, writes Ben Goessling. Under-the-radar storylines

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Adrian Peterson's NFL Mutant Ninja Turtles (0:27)
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Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Even though training camp No. 10 figures to be a grind for Adrian Peterson, the running back said there are still some benefits to getting away from home for a couple weeks.

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Vikings want Zimmer to grow with young players (1:11)
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Vikings reward Zimmer with contract extension

Mike Zimmer, who is 18-14 in two seasons at the Vikings' helm, led Minnesota to its first NFC North division title in six years before losing to the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 playoffs.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings GM Rick Spielman announces the team has signed coach Mike Zimmer to a contract extension. Zimmer led the Vikings to their first NFC North title since 2009 last year. Spielman would not comment on the length of the deal, but said "there's no doubt Coach Zimmer's going to be our football coach for a long, long time."

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Vikings building fearsome D under Zimmer

In Mike Zimmer's second year at the helm, Minnesota's defense flourished, allowing just 18.9 points per game. That was the best mark by any Vikings team since 1998, per ESPN Stats & Info. Top stats to know

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Phil Loadholt among best to hang 'em up

The big right tackle adds some beef up front on our squad of players who called it quits this offseason. Hypothetically, he'd be blocking for Peyton Manning and Marshawn Lynch. All-retirement team

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QBs in need of more protection

Teddy Bridgewater was under duress on well over a third of his dropbacks last season, while Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Andrew Luck weren't far behind.

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Are the Vikings due for regression?

Teams with young QB's occasionally buck statistical trends, but Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings face an uphill battle. It will be tough to win as many close games as they did in 2015. Barnwell: Bounce-back teams

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Monster numbers from Beckham, Gordon

Odell Beckham Jr. has more receiving yards through two seasons than anyone else since the 1970 merger, ahead of Randy Moss and Jerry Rice. Meanwhile, Josh Gordon ranks fourth all-time on that list.

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Nelson and Cobb among elite WR duos

The last time Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb were on the field together, both eclipsed 1,200 receiving yards and 10 TDs. Only two other duos in NFL history (Randy Moss-Cris Carter and Demaryius Thomas-Eric Decker) have accomplished that feat.

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Keep an eye on John Sullivan

The 31-year-old center missed all of last season with two back surgeries. His recovery will be particularly interesting to watch after his replacement, Joe Berger, excelled in 2015. Injury questions

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Phil Loadholt part of growing NFL trend

The Vikings lineman has called it quits after seven years, making him the 13th player age 30 or younger to hang up his cleats this offseason.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards183.031st
Rushing Yards138.24th
Points For22.816th
Points Against18.95th

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