Cole was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list Tuesday after breaking his ankle during Sunday's contest. Cole got the start at middle linebacker with Eric Kendricks (ribs) ruled out prior to Sunday's game and the 26-year-old recorded two solo tackles before breaking his ankle. Jason Trusnik will take his place on the roster and provide depth at linebacker, but it remains to be seen who might start for the Vikings if Kendricks is held out of the lineup another week.
Cole suffered a broken ankle during Sunday's win against the Rams. Getting the nod at middle linebacker with Eric Kendricks (ribs) sidelined, Cole recorded two solo tackles before a teammate rolled up on the back of his leg. He needed a cart to get off the field, indicating the severity, and head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed the diagnosis in a post-game media session. While such an injury is almost certainly season-ending, the Vikings will update Cole's status accordingly in the coming days.
Cole (finger) is active and will start Sunday's game against the Rams, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports. With Eric Kendricks sitting out due to a rib injury, Cole is the next man up at middle linebacker, which could yield fruit against a run-heavy offense. On the season, though, Cole has just one solo tackle and a fumble recovery, as he's been limited to special-teams duty.
Cole is expected to start at middle linebacker with Eric Kendricks (ribs) being ruled out for Sunday's game against St. Louis, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Cole has played just four snaps on defense this season, but should get the bulk of snaps this weekend.
Vikings linebacker Gerald Hodges started at middle linebacker in Monday's loss to San Francisco and had eight total tackles. However, head coach Mike Zimmer wasn't happy with his performance, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "Average. At best," Zimmer said about all three of his starting linebackers. Hodges won the job over Eric Kendricks and Audie Cole. Kendricks played just 10 snaps compared to Hodges' 63, while Cole didn't play on defense. Zimmer was also down on Kendricks' performance, so it looks like Hodges will get another week as the starter. Kendricks, a 2015 second-round draft pick, should take over the job eventually this season.