Aug 17, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sage Rosenfels (18) throws during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bills 36-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Vikings Vs. Chargers: Rally Led By Sage Rosenfels Comes Up Short In 12-10 Loss

Sage Rosenfels led the Vikings to the game's only touchdown and a brief lead in the fourth, but a last-second field goal gives Chargers 12-10 win.

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Jasper Brinkley Playing Well After Missing Last Season

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley had a breakout game against the Sand Diego Chargers Friday night, totaling four tackles and two sacks in Minnesota's 12-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

After missing the entire 2011-12 season due to hip surgery, Brinkley is gaining confidence in his hip after his breakout game Friday. Speaking with Bruce Brothers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Brinkley said being able to get on the gridiron was big for him,

"It was just getting back in the game and getting on the field. I've been away from the game for a year, so it's good to go out and have a good game like tonight."

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier was also complimentary of Brinkley's performance.

"He seemed like he played a lot better. He was more aggressive. It seemed he was out there having fun, let it go a little bit. Just encouraging, his play. ... He made a lot of plays tonight. That should help his confidence."

With Brinkely back to 100%, it will be a big plus to the Vikings defense as they prepare for their season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 9.

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Josh Robinson Injury: Vikings Rookie Suffered Concussion

The Minnesota Viknigs had a rash of injuries in the secondary during their 12-10 preseason loss to the San Diego Chargers. One of those injured was rookie cornerback Josh Robinson, who was diagnosed with a concussion after a collision with Chargers running back Jacob Hester in the second quarter.

Robinson was having a good camp after being drafted in the third round out of UCF, and was having another good performance before the injury happened. Robinson had two tackles on the night beforehand. Robinson was listed third on the Vikings depth chart at right cornerback and looked to be a potential piece in head coach Leslie Frazier's secondary in the next couple of years.

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John Carlson Injury: Vikings Tight End Missing Valuable Reps

John Carlson is taking longer than expected to heal from a sprained MCL suffered early in training camp. The Minnesota Vikings tight end is expected to be healthy enough to play when the regular season begins, but the free agent pickup realizes he's missing valuable reps while sitting on the sidelines.

Carlson said on Thursday that he has a good feel for the Vikings offense just from watching things happen from the sidelines, but realizes that on-field reps are crucial in his preparation.

"Footwork, pad level, hand placement in the run game and keeping the feet driving once you meet contact -- those things, you need reps to get that back," Carlson said. "In the pass game, pass releases, again footwork, running routes, getting proper depths, getting on the same page as the quarterback."

"These are things I've been mentally taking reps at, and I do think that that helps to visualize and go through things in your head. I know that helps. Again, it's not taking the physical reps on the field and not an ideal situation. But this is the situation that I'm in, and I have to make the most of it."

The Vikings have an advantage considering Carlson is expected to complement Kyle Rudolph as a two-headed tight end combination, but the sooner he's ready to go 100 percent, the better.

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Adrian Peterson To Dress For Vikings Final Preseason Games

Adrian Peterson will be in uniform for Friday night's preseason game between the Minnesota VIkings and San Diego Chargers. Unfortunately for the paying customers, however, No. 28 will remain on the sidelines once the Vikings' penultimate preseason game begins.

Peterson will take part in pre-game warmups, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, but the plan hasn't changed regarding the Vikings' decision to keep him on the sidelines for the final two preseason games of the year.

In addition to reporting on Peterson's expected attire for Friday night, Mortensen also reports that he's expected to take some contact next week.

That should alleviate some concern from those worried that Peterson needed live carries in the preseason, but we're going to assume his teammates might be a bit nicer than those paid by other teams to tackle running backs.

For more Vikings news and analysis as well as the latest news on Adrian Peterson, be sure to visit Daily Norseman. Head over to SB Nation's Minnesota's Training Camp StoryStream for more training camp coverage. Also make sure to check out SB Nation's NFL hub for more football news.

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