Watts recorded seven tackles in the Vikings' final preseason game. Watts sat out the team's first two preseason contests with an undisclosed injury and only saw limited action in the third game, not recording any tackles. It remains to be seen if he'll make the 53-man roster, if he does it'll likely be due to special teams play rather than for his linebacker play, since he's played with the third team defense.
Watts had two tackles and played just 23 snaps at weak-side linebacker in Sunday's win at Oakland. Watts started at weak-side linebacker with Chad Greenway moving to middle linebacker while Eric Kendricks out with a rib injury. However, Watts has been coming off the field in nickel and passing situations, which limits his fantasy value.
Watts had two tackles and took over as the starting middle linebacker after Audie Cole suffered a broken ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over St. Louis, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Cole got the start at middle linebacker with Eric Kendricks out due to a rib injury. It sounds like Kendricks could return next week. If not, Watts would likely start with Cole not expected to play again this season.
The Vikings declared safety Ahmad Dixon, cornerback Shaun Prater, running back Henry Josey, linebackers Chad Greenway and Brandon Watts, offensive tackle Carter Bykowski and guard David Yankey inactive for the game against Chicago.
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.