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Newman Set For 200th Career Regular-Season Game

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — When you've been in the NFL as long as Terence Newman, it's easy to lose track of just how many times you've suited up in a regular season game.

But when the Vikings cornerback takes the field Sunday against the Cardinals, he'll be playing in his 200th career regular-season game.

The 38-year-old's tally includes 133 games with Dallas, 41 with Cincinnati and 25 with the Vikings.

"I thought I already passed 200," Newman said. "That's what someone told me last week … I have no idea, though."

As evident by his easygoing demeanor, the oldest defensive player in the NFL said he pays not attention to such numbers.

"I could really care less, to be honest with you," Newman said. "My milestones are picks, wins … how many games have I won? That's what matters to me.

"I've never said that I was to play this amount of games," he added. "It's cool, I guess, but nothing I think about."

For the record, Newman's teams have compiled a 128-88-1 record in 13-plus seasons, a .592 win percentage. The 2003 first-round pick has made the playoffs nine times and has 41 career interceptions, the second-most among all active players (DeAngelo Hall has 43 but is on injured reserve).

And even if the numbers on games played doesn't register with him, one elusive desire does.

"The only thing I'm looking for is that hot girl that's unattainable," Newman said. "(Her) name is Lombardi. If I meet up with her, I'll be good to go."

A pair of other Vikings are at or just passed notable games played milestones.

Defensive end Brian Robison will play in his 152nd career game Sunday, and linebacker Chad Greenway will hit No. 150 against the Cardinals.

Both players have played every snap of their careers in Purple.

Patterson Sets New Mark

Cordarrelle Patterson moved into first place for kickoff return yards in Vikings history last week at Washington.

Patterson returned two kickoffs a total of 44 yards to give him 3,659 in his career and move him past Darrin Nelson's 3,623 kickoff return yards.

The fourth-year pro was able to set the new record on 123 kickoff returns spread across 57 games, compared to 159 kickoff returns in 129 games by Nelson.

Patterson's career average is 29.0 yards per return, and he's averaged 26.9 (376 yards on 14 runbacks) this season for the third-best mark in the league.

He and the kick return team will face a challenge from Arizona's coverage team — if an opportunity presents itself at all.

Chandler Catanzaro has recorded 29 touchbacks out of his 42 kickoffs this season. When teams have returned kicks against the Cardinals, they've only averaged 19.0 yards per runback (sixth-least in the NFL) with a long of 37.

View images of the Arizona Cardinals key contributors on offense, defense and special teams.


Eric Kendricks, Captain Munnerlyn and Marcus Sherels are listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

Cardinals defensive tackle Corey Peters (foot) is doubtful. Safety Deone Bucannon (ankle), safety Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) and Tharold Simon (ankle) are questionable.

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