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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: September 11th, 2021

Saturday Open Thread

Indianapolis Colts v Minnesota Vikings Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

Good Morning!

It’s a glorious Saturday with Vikings football tomorrow, we’re getting rain on and off so I’m not throwing anything on the smoker this weekend. I did see Barr was ruled out for this weekend’s game with Nick Vigil wearing the green dot for the defense. Speaking of which, this will be our first look at the first team defense (minus Barr). At last count there will be nine new starters as compared to last year’s clownshow.

Meanwhile, we’ll carry on with our news and links open thread full of crockpot recipes, nap strategies and beer recommendations; drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and it’s the weekend, time to fire up the smoker or the grill and start chilling the beer.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

2021 NFL Season Week 1: Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals.

Norse Code Podcast Episode 383: Outbreaks and Clusters (with guest John Sheeran)

From Cincy Jungle: Behind Enemy Lines: How Vikings feel about Mike Zimmer going into 2021.

Five Good Questions with Cincy Jungle.

The Daily Norseman Mailbag, September 10th, 2021.

Vikings news from other sources:

From Head Coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Friday and discussed Barr ‘Being Close,’ Replacing Him on Sunday With Vigil, Final Thoughts on Bengals.

Final Thoughts: Vikings Balance Excitement, Unknowns as Week 1 Awaits.

Childhood ‘Rock Fights’ Helped Prep Dede Westbrook for NFL Punt Returning.

Nick Vigil on Green Dot Assignment, Greenway Comparison by Zimmer.

League News:

Cowboys RT La’el Collins suspended five games for violation of substance-abuse policy.

Week 1 injury report for 2021 NFL season.

Five NFL rookies I can’t wait to watch in Week 1; why T.J. Watt is worth $112 million.+

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With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on. Don’t forget to wash your hands, watch out for the dude behind the plexiglass and Welcome Aboard!