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Marcus Sherels wins NFL special teams award

Minnesota Vikings punt returner Marcus Sherels won the NFL special teams player of the week award.

Marcus Sherels became the first Minnesota Vikings punt returner to win the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week after a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown helped the team to a 23-20 win over the Chicago Bears.

Sherels is the first punt returner in team history to win the award, but he has recorded a franchise-record three punt returns for touchdowns.

His touchdown Sunday was the fifth time Sherels has returned a punt more than 50 yards, another franchise record, and he averages a franchise-best 10.6 yards in his career.

His touchdown also marked the ninth time special teams has scored a touchdown since Mike Priefer became coordinator of those units in 2011 – four on kickoff returns, three punt returns and two blocked punts. That’s tie for the most in the NFL in that span.


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