Vikings Stars Are Back, Harrison Phillips’ Nomination, the Complicated Week 14 QB Decision


NFL: Minnesota Vikings Training Camp
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The Minnesota Vikings will get back in action this weekend as they take on the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.

Prior to that game, it’s been a busy week for the team as they’ve tried to recuperate following their Week 12 loss to the Chicago Bears before their bye. As their return to the field approaches, here is a look at all of the purple headlines from the past week.

Vikings Stars Set to Return to the Field

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Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) looks on during warmups before a wild card game against the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings are starting to get healthy at the perfect time ahead of the final five weeks of the season. Both Akayleb Evans and Justin Jefferson did not have an injury status on Friday, meaning both players are set to suit up on Sunday.

T.J. Hockenson did not appear on an injury report all week either, indicating that he is fully healthy from his rib injury. For a Vikings team that has been banged up virtually all season, this is a great sign. However, RG Ed Ingram was listed as questionable, so that will be a situation to watch heading into the game.

Vikings Nominate Harrison Phillips for Walter Payton Man of the Year

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings
Dec 17, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Harrison Phillips (97) reacts after making a tackle against the Indianapolis Colts during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings announced that they would be nominating defensive lineman Harrison Phillips as their nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

Phillips’ organization, Harrison’s Playmakers, offers year-round sports programs for children with developmental differences and special needs in three different cities: Buffalo, Minneapolis, and Omaha. A well-deserved nomination for a player who has done tons of work in his communities.

A Complicated QB Decision Was Finalized…for Now

Nov 27, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs (15) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

One big question coming into Week 14 revolved around the Vikings’ quarterback position. Kevin O’Connell was non-committal to Josh Dobbs following Minnesota’s Week 12 loss to the Chicago Bears, but in the end, it seems the Vikings are going to give Dobbs one more opportunity.

Kevin O’Connell announced as such on Wednesday before their first official practice of the week, but he also spent a good chunk of time during his presser talking about Nick Mullens. If there are struggles from Dobbs, could we see Mullens or even Jaren Hall step onto the field? Hopefully we don’t need to find out.

In Case You Missed It…

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings
Nov 12, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell reacts with wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) before the game against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

As usual, we have an extra list of reading material for the especially studious Vikings fans. Happy reading!

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Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.





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