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Vikings' Joseph Struck by Bullet, Released by Hospital

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Vikings defensive end Linval Joseph was struck in the calf by a stray bullet fired in a nightclub in downtown Minneapolis early Saturday morning.  

Joseph's injury was minor and he was treated at a local hospital and released.

"The entire Vikings organization is extremely thankful that Linval was not seriously hurt, and our thoughts are with all of the victims of this shooting," the team said in a statement. "The team will defer any further comment to the Minneapolis Police Department during its ongoing investigation."

Joseph signed a five-year, $31.25 million deal with the team in March and isn't expected to miss more than two weeks, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.

Police are still searching for the shooter, who injured nine people in the nightclub, according to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.

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Vikings Extend TE Kyle Rudolph's Contract 

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The Minnesota Vikings have rewarded tight end Kyle Rudolph with a contract extension, the team confirmed on Monday.

The deal is reportedly for five years and worth a minimum of $36.5 million, with $19.4 million guaranteed.  It could wind up being worth as much as $40 million.

"I'm extremely excited to get this extension completed and continue my career with the Minnesota Vikings," Rudolph said in a statement. "I've said all along I wanted to stay in Minnesota. I love the fans, the community and, most importantly, I'm excited about where this team is going. I'm looking forward to the 2014 season and helping this organization reach our ultimate goal."

The 24-year-old Rudolph has 109 receptions for 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns in 39 games over three seasons with Minnesota.  The team selected Rudolph in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

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Vikings Suspend Coach for Anti-Gay Remarks

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Minnesota Vikings suspended special teams coordinator Mike Priefer for three games on Friday after an independent investigation found Priefer made a homophobic comment in the 2012 season.

In a statement released by team owner Ziggy Wolf and president Mark Wilf, the Vikings apologized for the incident. 

"In this instance, Coach Priefer fell short of what is expected. Accordingly, we have decided to suspend Coach Priefer without pay for the first three games of the 2014 regular season. In addition, he will be required to satisfactorily complete specialized workplace training that will include an emphasis on the managing of diversity and sexual orientation."

Allegations over an alleged anti-gay comment came from former punter Chris Kluwe, who claimed that he was released by the organization because of his advocacy for the LGBT community. While the report found Priefer had made disparaging comments, no evidence was obtained to support Kluwe's claim as to why he was released.

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Greg Jennings Passing the Torch to Cordarrelle Patterson

David Derner/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings sees that emerging receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is on the verge of becoming a star.

“I’m going to be honest: Once I saw him make a couple plays, I’m like, ‘We’ve got to get him the ball. He does too much well for us not to get him the ball,’” Jennings said.

“If I’m having success, it’s going to open up the door for success for other guys,” Jennings added. “If Cordarrelle’s having success, it’s going to open up the door for a lot of other guys, as well.”

The 30-year-old Jennings is entering his ninth NFL season, and second with the Vikings. He led the team last season with 68 catches and 804 yards.

Meanwhile, in his rookie season, Patterson caught 45 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns. He also averaged over 32 yards per kickoff return, and had to kickoff returns for touchdowns.

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Seahawks Sign Kevin Williams

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Seattle Seahawks have loaded up on defense again.  Seattle and defensive tackle Kevin Williams agreed to a one-year contract on Thursday.

The one-year deal is worth $2 million, according to league sources.

The six-time Pro Bowler spent 11 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and started 15 games last season in a difficult year for the team.

Seattle will have their mandatory three-day minicamp on Tuesday.

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Greg Jennings Happy to Have Teddy Bridgewater on the Vikings

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- With the issues the Minnesota Vikings have had at quarterback in recent years, wide receiver Greg Jennings is thrilled the team has drafted former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

The Vikings traded back into the first round to select Bridgewater, who will presumably be the quarterback of the future as the team has no long-term options on the current roster.

Jennings thinks Bridgewater is a better fit for the team working with head coach Mike Zimmer and offensive coordinator than Johnny Manziel would have been.

"I truly believe that given any player, if they're willing to work and willing to be better, that these two coaches -- two, literally, head coaches that we have on both sides of the ball -- they can make anybody better," Jennings said. "I just didn't think -- which was probably what there thought was -- that Manziel fit what we're trying to get gone personality-wise."

Even though he fell in the draft, Bridgewater had an impressive college career. In his senior season, Bridgewater threw for 3,970 yards with 31 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

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Christian Ponder's Option not Picked Up By Vikings

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The Minnesota Vikings declined to pick up quarterback Christian Ponder's fifth-year option before Saturday's midnight deadline, meaning the former first-round pick will become a free agent after this season.

Ponder would have made over $9.6 million in 2015 if the option was picked up.

The 26-year-old Ponder seems to be behind Matt Cassel on this season's depth chart and there has been speculation that the Vikings could take a quarterback in the upcoming draft.

Ponder has played all three of his NFL seasons with the Vikings. During that time he has a 14-20-1 record, completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 6,436 yards, 38 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.

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Adrian Peterson Supports Pay for Play

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson believes the NCAA should pay college athletes.

Peterson spoke during a conference call on Wednesday and said that players like former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel "are the ones making these universities money" and should receive compensation.

"When I was at Oklahoma, they made so much money," he added.

Peterson doesn't agree with NBA commissioner Adam Silver's statement that college basketball players should stay in school for two years either.

"They're trying to make basketball players go two years in college. Wow. I wonder why?" Peterson said. "Think about it -- just imagine if LeBron James had been in college for two years. How much money would that college have made off LeBron James? They would have made so much money off LeBron James. It's about the freedom to do as you want and make your own decisions."

Peterson pointed out that athletes have a life outside of playing sports.

"Nobody wants to live in the dorms for four years," Peterson said. "You see the guys who are older, and they have responsibilities. I feel like, as much money as universities make, some of that should come down to the players, as well."

"These bowl games? Without the players, how much money do they make? None. You know, without the players, how much money do they make? They make no money without the players."

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Jared Allen Signs with Bears

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Chicago Bears and free agent defensive end Jared Allen agreed to a four-year deal, the team announced Wednesday.

The deal could be worth $32 million with $15.5 million guaranteed, reports ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

Allen and the Bears reached an agreement after he met with the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks this offseason.

During six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Allen made four Pro Bowls and recorded 85.5 sacks.

Allen had 11.5 sacks last season in a tough year for Minnesota.

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ESPN: Vikings Sign Defensive End Everson Griffen to Five-Year Deal

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Minnesota Vikings wasted no time in free agency as ESPN is reporting that they've brought back defensive end Everson Griffen to a five-year deal.

ESPN is also reporting that Griffen's deal is worth $42.5 million with $20 million in guaranteed money.

Even though Griffen hasn't yet had his big breakout season, the team is confident that Griffen is about to unlock his true potential.

A fourth round pick out of USC, Griffen has proven to be a dependable player in the Vikings defensive system. 

In 2012, Griffen recorded 8.0 sacks and had 26 tackles. He took a step back in 2013, as he notched just 5.5 sacks on 27 tackles. He did have 2.5 sacks in the final two games of the season.

After making the playoffs in 2012, the Vikings suffered a terrible follow-up, as they went just 5-10-1 and missed the playoffs.

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