The Vikings left the Twin Cities last night en route to London where they arrived this morning. Minnesota will play Pittsburgh at famed Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday. Both teams are 0-and-3 and desperate for the a win. The Vikings are the designated home team and will take part in various promotional activities today and tomorrow. Pittsburgh will arrive in England on Thursday.
The Vikings place fullback Zach Line on the Injured Reserve List yesterday. The rookie fullback was not listed on the injury report leading into last weekend’s game against Cleveland and head coach Leslie Frazier did not mention Line in his injury rundown yesterday. The move likely frees a spot on the active roster for Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton, who wrapped up a three-game suspension after last week’s loss to Cleveland.
Vikings Owners Must Pay $84-Million For Defrauding New Jersey Investors
A judge in a New Jersey lawsuit has ordered Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf, plus their cousin Leonard Wilf, to pay over 84-million dollars for defrauding business partners in a real estate deal in the 1980s. That out-of-state suit prompted a review in Minnesota of the Wilfs’ finances, which concluded the Vikings owners have more than enough money to pay their committed share of the new stadium. Last week Governor Dayton urged the chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to negotiate a final stadium agreement which “requires the Vikings’ owners to provide a significant share of their financial contribution from their own resources, and not from Vikings’ fans through the sale of expensive personal seat licenses.” Dayton points to one media report which concluded the Vikings could end up putting almost none of their own money into the project. The Vikings haven’t commented.