Vikings safety Robert Blanton is likely to start at strong safety this week against Denver with Andrew Sendejo out with a knee injury, ESPN reports. Blanton had lost out on the starting job and had a limited role off the bench as he didn't even play a snap on defense in Week 2. He should get a full workload Sunday with Sendejo out.
Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo was a surprise starter at strong safety a head of Robert Blanton in Monday's loss to San Francisco. However, Blanton replaced Sendejo in the second half, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Sendejo was the surprise starter after it appeared that Blanton had won the starting job. Coach Mike Zimmer called the starting strong safety job 'fluid' so it's not clear who will start in Week 2.
Vikings running back Matt Asiata (foot) and wideout Greg Jennings (hamstring) are active for the game against Chicago after being listed as probable. They're among a slew of probables suiting up for Minnesota. The list includes safety Robert Blanton (ankle), safety Antone Exum (knee), defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee), tight end Chase Ford (foot), offensive tackle Michael Harris (foot), guard Charlie Johnson (ankle) and safety Andrew Sendejo (thumb). Wideout Jarius Wright is active after being questionable with a back injury.
Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway (knee) and tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle) are listed as questionable for Week 17 against the Bears. Greenway was unable to practice all week while Rudolph only practiced Friday on a limited basis. Wide receiver Jarius Wright (back) is also listed as questionable. Rookie linebacker Anthony Barr (knee) and Brandon Watts (hamstring) have been ruled out. Guard Charlie Johnson (ankle), Greg Jennings (hamstring), Antone Exum (knee), Mike Harris (foot), Chase Ford (foot), Robert Blanton (ankle), Andrew Sendejo (thumb), Sharrif Floyd (knee) and Matt Asiata (foot) are all listed as probable. The Vikings are currently 6-point favorites against Chicago Sunday.
The Vikings have ruled out linebacker Anthony Barr (knee) and guard Charlie Johnson (ankle) out for Sunday's contest against Miami, per the team's final injury report. Tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) was deemed as doubtful, while safety Robert Blanton (ankle, knee) was deemed as questionable. Meanwhile, running back Matt Asiata (foot), defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee), linebacker Chad Greenway (non-injury related), wide receiver Greg Jennings (hamstring), safety Andrew Sendejo (thumb), defensive end Brian Robison (ankle), defensive tackle Linval Joseph (illness) and cornerback Xavier Rhodes (wrist).