The NFL Officials have an agreement to end the lockout with the NFL and Sartell's Mike Spanier is one of the officials heading back to work this weekend. Mike is a line judge and has been assigned to work the Carolina at Atlanta game this Sunday. The officials will gather in Dallas for a referees clinic on Friday and will vote Saturday morning to ratify the new agreement between the officials union and the NFL.
Replacement referree Ken Roan worked the Vikings/49ers game in Minnesota Sunday and admitted he mistakenly awarded 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh two challenges after the coach had called his last timeout on Sunday. The Vikings were trying to run out the clock when Toby Gerhart fumbled on 3rd down. The 49ers used their final timeout and then were awarded a challenge and given their timeout back.
The Vikings improved to 2-1 Sunday with a stunning 24-13 win at home against the previously San Francisco 49ers. Minnesota jumped out to a 17-3 haltime lead and never trailed. Christian Ponder threw for 198 yards and 2 touchdowns and had a 23-yard touchdown run for the Vikings. Adrian Peterson ran for 86 yards on 25 carries and had 2 catches for 21 yards.
Former Viking receiver Randy Moss returns to Minnesota when the San Francisco 49ers play the Vikings at Mall of America Field Sunday at noon, pregame on WJON at 11am. Moss has been used sparingly by the 49ers this season appearing in just 16 offensive plays Sunday night against Detroit. He has just 5 catches for 61 yards and 1 touchdown this season. He caught just 1 pass for 14 yards against Detroit Sunday night.
The Vikings lost 23-20 at Indianapolis Sunday afternoon to drop to 1-1. The Vikings scored 2 4th quarter touchdowns to tie the game at 20 with :31 left. Andrew Luck moved the Colts down field to set up the 53-yard game-winning field goal for Adam Vinatieri. Christian Ponder was 27-35 passing for 245 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson admitted his reconstructed left knee was sore and somewhat painful days after the game Sunday but he has practiced in full the last 2 days and expects to play Sunday at Indianapolis. Peterson declared himself 95 percent healthy and expects to be back to 100 percent soon. Viking head coach Leslie Frazier stopped short of saying Peterson will get a full workload this Sunday.
Viking running back Adrian Peterson was a full participant in practice Wednesday. Peterson has not experienced pain or soreness to his reconstructed left knee. He had 17 carries for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Vikings in their 26-23 overtime win over Jacksonville on Sunday. Peterson is expected to play this Sunday at Indianapolis but isn't expected to get the full workload.
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