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Minnesota Vikings sign veteran Jake Long

“A matter of fact, forget it. We felt as a team, as players, we came together and we felt like we’d never done that when we played against the Packers,” Rhodes said. “Us as DBs felt like we could handle him. That’s how we felt as DBs that we could stay on our side and cover him. In the beginning, we’d always played against them and played our sides, so that’s what we as DBs went with.”

Ditching the game plan helped Nelson go off in the first half. Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target complied 145 yards and two TDs on seven first-half receptions — some of that yardage came against Rhodes. The Packers led 28-13 before the Vikings got to the locker room and Zimmer took control.

The Vikings announced late Wednesday night they signed the former Raiders running back who rushed for 788 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns on 195 carries last season in Oakland. It’s a three-year deal worth roughly $15 million, sources told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

The Vikings, who released longtime starter Adrian Peterson in February, ranked last in the league in rushing yards per game in 2016, averaging just 75.3. Murray totaled 4.0 yards per carry last year and has rushed for 2,278 yards in his career.

Long, like most players who have sustained a career-altering injury, maintains that this is the healthiest he’s been in a long time. Now, we will have to see if Long is healthy enough to keep Jeremiah Sirles off the field. Sirles was Smith’s initial replacement.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is stashing one veteran mercenary after the next to combat the seemingly unfair string of injuries he’s seen since late August. The only undefeated team remaining in the NFL, Minnesota has its eyes on a Super Bowl and nothing else, which explains the all-or-nothing replacement game they’ve been playing.

Greenway was praised as much for his off-field work as his on-field ferocity. The linebacker received accolades from his community service. He created the Lead The Way Foundation, which enhances education and health opportunities for children and families in need. In 2007, Greenway was named the Vikings’ Ed Block Courage Award winner after returning from a season-ending knee injury suffered during his rookie season.

Greenway had been contemplating retirement since the end of the season, ahead of potential free agency, but said he had no plans to play anywhere other than Minnesota.

It might have been only one game, but an undeniable message was sent on Sunday night. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford used the national spotlight to remind us all of his potential, as well as the reason why he’s managed to keep finding work after so much turmoil. When he came to this franchise just over two weeks ago, it seemed like an impulsive response to a catastrophic emergency. Today, it feels like something more real, more rewarding — the type of blessing that nobody saw coming when Minnesota’s season was on the verge of early collapse.

The Vikings acquired Bradford in a trade with Philadelphia on Sept. 3 because they lost their former starting quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, to a freakish knee injury. Now, two games into the season, star running back Adrian Peterson is sidelined indefinitely with a torn meniscus in his right knee. Normally, this would be the time for any franchise to start thinking about the 2017 NFL Draft. Instead, the Vikings should be thinking about all the possibilities that now exist, because Bradford’s debut was literally that impressive.

Cook is a first-round talent that slipped into the second round due to off-field concerns, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

The 5-foot-10, 210-pound back dealt with injuries at FSU and didn’t have the best measurables at the combine, but his game tape made scouts drool. Cook is a three-down back, who averaged 6.5 yards per rush during three college seasons and earned 1,000-plus yards each season.