EAGAN, Minn. — Aaron Rodgers took a shotgun snap during Week 6 of last season, shuffled to his right and skirted out of the pocket before flicking a pass downfield. Simultaneously, Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr diagnosed the play as best he could: He stepped up and ran full speed ahead toward the Green Bay Packers quarterback. What resulted was a head-on collision. Rodgers took a clean hit from Barr just as he released the ball, and at first glace it seemed like a harmless NFL play. But the narrative quickly changed when Rodgers stayed on the turf, writhing in pain.
EAGAN, Minn. — Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen might be the NFL's best bargain. After bursting on the scene two seasons ago, Thielen signed a three-year, $17 million contract last offseason that pays him an average of roughly $4.8 million a season, according to OverTheCap.com. He then caught a career-high 91 passes for career-high 1,276 yards while assuming the No. 1 role while partner Stefon Diggs battled a groin injury.