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By Matt Vensel | July 4, 2013
In eager anticipation of the 2013 NFL season, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will take a daily look at one of the 13 opponents on the Ravens' regular-season schedule. Today is the Minnesota Vikings. In early December, 10 days after they play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving night, the Ravens will host the Minnesota Vikings at M&T Bank Stadium. That extra rest will come in handy when they try to drag down Adrian Peterson, the star running back for the Vikings and the NFL's reigning Most Valuable Player.
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By Darian G. Burns | September 29, 2014
Ray Rice is not the only NFL player currently dealing with a suspension. Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard by now that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted for child abuse after taking a switch to his 4-year-old child's back, buttocks and legs. In response to the indictment Mr. Peterson, like Mr. Rice, was suspended, then reinstated and then suspended again from playing. Mr. Peterson denies that what he did was abuse. He defends himself, says he was simply disciplining a child and that, yes, he did get carried away in that discipline.
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The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2013
A roundup of NFL experts' picks for Sunday's game between the Ravens and Minnesota Vikings . * ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio and Michael David Smith are both picking the Ravens to win by more than a touchdown. Don't look now, but after playing lousy football for most of the year, the defending Super Bowl champs are very much alive in the AFC playoff race. Baltimore should take it to Minnesota and improve to 7-6. * CBSSports' Pete Prisco says it won't even be that close -- Ravens 27, Vikings 13 The Ravens will be rested after playing on Thanksgiving.
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September 26, 2014
Thank you, thank you, thank you for finally putting out a worthy and truthful account of the Ray Rice issue and its handling by the Ravens ( "The Ravens' story shifts," Sept. 23)! I am a domestic abuse survivor and I would really like to see that this situation could educate and really help victims, survivors and abusers. I was extremely hopeful when Ray Rice was handed a two-game suspension and when it was criticized by the public, many of whom do not even really know the whole story, know Ray Rice as the man and humanitarian he is or know anything about domestic violence.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel highlights five stats that really mean something for the Ravens. 27 - consecutive field goals made by Justin Tucker, the longest streak in the NFL this season. The second-year Ravens kicker made all five of his field goals in the win over the Steelers, including a 48-yarder late in the fourth quarter that gave the Ravens what proved to be the game-winner. Tucker has made nine field goals in the past two weeks and hasn't missed since the Week 2 win over the Cleveland Browns.
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By Mark Hyman and Mark Hyman,SUN STAFF | January 14, 1996
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In his chambers at the Minnesota Judicial Center, Justice Alan C. Page is surrounded by mementoes.A handwritten note from Ethel Kennedy. His prized collection of pressed-steel toy trucks. A half-dozen signs once displayed in places like Selma, Ala., and Augusta, Ga. One of the most disturbing reads, simply, "Colored Waiting Room."Most striking about Mr. Page's chambers, though, is something that is missing: a souvenir of his illustrious, 14-year career in the National Football League.
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Susan Reimer | October 16, 2013
Reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings has been criticized for his decision to play in Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers despite the fact that a son - that he had only recently learned existed - had died of head injuries consistent with child abuse. Mr. Peterson, a running back known for his personal and professional toughness, said he never thought about not playing, and while some commentators criticized the decision, his teammates and fellow athletes rallied to his side, saying the man should be permitted to seek whatever solace he could at such a time.
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November 25, 1990
FOOTBALLMinnesota Vikings -- Activated QB Wade Wilson. Waived LB William Kirksey. Signed LB Richard Newbill.
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August 18, 1991
BaseballCalifornia Angels -- Recalled IF Bobby Rose from Class AAA Edmonton. Optioned IF Chris Cron (0-for-1) to Edmonton.FootballL Minnesota Vikings -- Agreed to terms with CB Reggie Rutland.
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January 4, 2002
Opponent: Minnesota Vikings Site: PSINet Stadium When: Monday, 9 p.m. TV/Radio: Chs. 2, 7/WJFK (1300 AM), WQSR (102.7 FM) Line: Ravens by 10
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Susan Reimer | September 17, 2014
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been charged in Texas with felony child abuse for allegedly beating his 4-year-old son so badly with a switch that it left welts, bruises and cuts on his back, buttocks, legs and scrotum and defensive wounds on his hands. The child received the "whooping" from his father after fussing with another young child over a video game, and we are asked to accept this method of discipline and this level of injury as a cultural difference between black parents and white parents or between Southern parents and Northern parents, or between rural parents and urban parents, between parents of 40 years ago and parents of today or between rich parents and poor parents.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The NFL Players Association filed a grievance on behalf of former Ravens running back Ray Rice on Tuesday night, demanding that the increased discipline of an indefinite suspension levied last week by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell be overturned. This high-profile situation stems from Rice being arrested in February and later charged with felony aggravated assault for punching his then-fiancee in an elevator of an Atlantic City casino. The players' union also requested that Goodell recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he would likely be a witness after stating in a disciplinary letter that he indefinitely suspended Rice based on new video evidence that surfaced a week ago. “This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players,” the NFLPA said in a statement.
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September 15, 2014
The National Football League received more domestic violence-related bad news last week with the arrest of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was charged over the weekend in Texas with reckless or negligent injury to a child. The allegation is that he used a tree branch or "switch" to spank his 4-year-old son, who suffered cuts and bruises to his back, buttocks, ankles and legs. Given that this was Texas, a state not normally given to condemning spanking of children as a disciplinary tool, one presumes that the injuries the preschooler suffered — because he allegedly failed to share his video game with a sibling — were pretty harsh.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
The Ravens have struck a one-year, $730,000 contract with veteran cornerback Derek Cox. The team cut undrafted rookie wide receiver Jace Davis to create a spot for Cox, who is expected to play against the New Orleans Saints  Thursday. His salary-cap figure is $570,000 under the veteran minimum salary benefit. The Ravens are thin at cornerback with injuries to top corners Jimmy Smith (chest bruise), Lardarius Webb (lower back) and Asa Jackson (sprained ankle). Cox was cut this week by the Minnesota Vikings after recording five tackles in three preseason games.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
The Ravens' Justin Tucker has not only been one of the league's best kickers in his first two seasons in the NFL, he's also been one of its bigger bargains. Such is life when you originally make the team as an undrafted free agent. Tucker, who beat out Billy Cundiff for the kicking job as a rookie, signed a three-year, $1.44 million deal with the Ravens before the 2012 season. He's due a base salary of $570,000 in 2014, the final year of the deal, and then he could potentially be a restricted free agent next offseason.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
The Ravens have never denied that they liked and had interest in drafting former Towson star running back Terrance West . But they are contesting West's characterization of what transpired during Day 2 of the draft. West told Cleveland reporters over the weekend that the Ravens texted his agent and relayed to him that they were planning on drafting the local standout with the 99th overall pick in the third round. As it turned out, the Browns made a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to get the 94th pick, which they used to select West.
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By Vito Stellino | December 23, 1990
Toast victoryJenkins on Johnson: "I remember him whining like a baby."When's the flight?Dan Hampton of the Chicago Bears, explaining how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Minnesota Vikings: "It's the combination of two factors, Tampa having new life with a coaching change and Minnesota checking flight schedules to the Bahamas."
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun Reporter | August 25, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Ravens take to the road for the first time this preseason tonight, traveling to meet the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. They can only hope this trip is more satisfying than the recent ones their offense has encountered. Tonight's preseason game Ravens@Vikings, 8, Ch. 45, 97.9 FM
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By Aaron Wilson and Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
Two weeks after being let go by the Ravens, linebacker Jameel McClain has found a new home. McClain, who went from an undrafted free agent to the Ravens' starting linebacker, has agreed to a new contract with the New York Giants, confirmed league sources. Terms of his new deal aren't immediately known.   McClain also had offers from the Buffalo Bills and the Minnesota Vikings and visited both places as well as the Giants. McClain is traveling to the Giants facility to sign his contract on Friday.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
It has been a hectic 48 hours for former Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones, whose hard work during his four years in Baltimore was rewarded with a five-year, $33 million contract from the Indianapolis Colts shortly after free agency began Tuesday afternoon. After the deal was finalized, the Colts flew Jones on their private jet to Indianapolis and he wined and dined with Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, the former Ravens defensive coordinator, on Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, he was in the Colts facility taking physicals and meeting with his new coaches.
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