When the Vikings rotate cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander for practical reasons during games, symbolism is in play too.
Wide receiver Adam Thielen, out since Nov. 3, was not on the injury list Friday as the team prepared to leave for Los Angeles.
If what you care about most is winning the NFC North and securing at least one home playoff game, the game you need to pay attention to doesn't involve the Vikings.
Reporters Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer give their predictions for Week 15 against the Chargers, saying that Minnesota's momentum for a playoff run is pushing them as the post-season comes into view.
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph and his wife, Jordan, have long been involved with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
The wide receiver says he's in a "good spot" coming back from a hamstring injury, but it's still uncertain if he'll play Sunday against the Chargers.
Mike Zimmer sounds as if he's rooting for this to be a one-and-done season for the new rule.
Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand preview the Vikings' trip to Los Angeles, where an underachieving Chargers (5-8) team has talent not reflected by its record.
The unit is allowing 236.6 yards per game through the air, and it faces Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers on Sunday.
Every NFL game brings countless examples of trash-talking between players, some of which spills over into heated exchanges. But what about moments of genuine admiration and respect?
Seven-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda owns a Super Bowl ring and has played on several excellent teams with the Baltimore Ravens, including seven that won at least 10 games and three that reached the AFC championship game.
The chant began almost as a pleading cry and has grown into something of a commandment during Browns home games this season.
Heading into the season opener between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, nobody knew what to expect from first-year coach Matt LaFleur, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' offense.
Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen is taking things day by day with his hamstring injury, remaining optimistic to be back on the field soon.
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has been nominated for the third time for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, saying that there are lots of Vikings players deserving of the honor.
While Los Angeles has fallen out of playoff contention, they have a point differential of plus 38 and haven't had any losses by more than seven points.
Dalvin Cook and Derwin James have been close friends since they first met at Florida State.
It's a a sign all three players could be available Sunday for the Vikings in Los Angeles.
Defensive end Danielle Hunter was a third-round pick in 2015 and has steadily been piling up sacks ever since.
The final three games of the regular season will determine if the Vikings are still playing in January. Click here for pregame reading, in-game updates and more from the game between the Vikings and Los Angeles Chargers,
A closer look at Sunday's Vikings opponent
Reporters Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer say that if wide receiver Adam Thielen has a successful week of practice there's a good chance he'll be ready to go against the Chargers.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins says he's excited about the possibility of having Adam Thielen back for facing the Chargers on Sunday.
Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs says the Chargers have a lot to prove and they'll be tough to overcome.