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  • Offensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    369.5
    309.1
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    267.3
    192.1
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    102.2
    117.0
    Points Per Game
    33.0
    18.1
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    44.4
    35.0
    Time of
    Possession
    28:44
    29:03
    Packers
    Vikings

    Defensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    377.4
    340.5
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    238.2
    225.2
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    139.2
    115.3
    Points Per Game
    22.5
    22.0
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    43.5
    40.3
    Packers
    Vikings
  • Green Bay Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    08/30/16WRJeff JanisHandDOUBTFULJanis (hand) is in full pads at Monday's practice, albeit with a club on his fractured right hand, Mike Spofford of packers.com reports.

    If Janis were a defensive lineman, he might already be able to play. As a wide receiver, he'll need the club removed before he can even think about logging a full practice, which is likely still at least a few days away. Janis is probably still doubtful for Week 1, as his mid-August surgery came with a recovery timetable of four-to-six weeks. Once healthy, he may have a shot to push Davante Adams and/or Jared Abbrederis for the third or fourth spots on the depth chart.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/28/16DBChris BanjoHamstringQUESTIONABLEBanjo sustained a hamstring injury during Friday's preseason win at San Francisco, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

    An initial MRI revealed positive results, but the team's medical staff will examine Banjo further to determine the next course of action. A safety in name, he makes his dough in the special teams realm.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/28/16LBJay ElliottHamstringQUESTIONABLEElliott injured his hamstring in Friday's preseason victory at San Francisco, Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    Elliott's standing behind Clay Matthews on the Packers' unofficial depth chart puts him on an intriguing position in the event the NFL punishes the All-Pro for his mention in the Al-Jazeera documentary The Dark Side. No matter the severity of the hamstring issue, the Packers could very well exercise caution with Elliott in advance of the regular season.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/27/16DLLetroy GuionKneePROBABLEGuion will not play in Friday's matchup with the 49ers due to a knee injury, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports.

    It is unclear when Guion sustained this injury, but it is severe enough to keep him out of action Friday. The Packers are likely being cautious with their starting nose tackle. The 29-year-old started four games for the Packers in 2015, and recorded 12 tackles.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    08/27/16QBBrett HundleyAnkleQUESTIONABLEHundley (ankle) is inactive for Friday's preseason matchup with the 49ers.

    Hundley will not play Friday after aggravating his ankle injury in last week's exhibition game with the Raiders. He remains on track to open the season as the Packers' backup quarterback, but his injury has prevented him from seeing much action this preseason. Starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers will play Friday, but his action figures to be limited. Joe Callahan will likely be the next quarterback into Friday's game after Rodgers departs.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    08/27/16WRJordy NelsonKneeQUESTIONABLENelson (knee) took part in 11-on-11 drills Monday for the first time since returning to practice, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

    Nelson returned to practice Aug. 20, and while he probably won't play in Green Bay's final preseason game, he seems to have cleared the last major hurdle at practice. Though expected to be ready for Week 1 in Jacksonville, the 31-year-old Nelson won't necessarily handle his usual massive snap count. He played more than 91 percent of the Packers' offensive snaps in both 2013 and 2014.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/23/16DLKenny ClarkBackPROBABLEClark (back) described his injury as "tightness" and insists he'll be ready for the Packers' regular season opener, Michael Cohen of the Journal Sentinel reports.

    Clark injured his back during Tuesday's practice and was unable to participate in Friday's preseason matchup with the 49ers. However, he claims the injury is just tightness, so he expects to be healthy prior to the start of the regular season. The team will likely play it safe with their recent first-round draft pick and could hold him out of Thursday's preseason finale versus the Chiefs.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/18/16DBMicah HydeAchillesQUESTIONABLEHyde (hip) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Bears.

    With 45 tackles and a pick in 10 games to date, Hyde has carved out some utility in deeper IDP formats, with his absence Thursday representing a hit to the Packers' Week 12 safety corps.

    (Updated 11/26/2015)
    08/14/16LBJoe ThomasBackPROBABLEThomas (back) took part in Sunday's practice, Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot reports.

    Thomas is dealing with a lingering back injury that flared up last weekend. However, after missing the Browns' preseason tilt on Thursday, he was able to take part in team drills during Sunday's practice, though the team was not sporting full pads. Thomas could be held out of fully-padded practices for the foreseeable future, but he should be near full-health entering the regular season and set to bookend the left side of the Browns' offensive line come Week 1.

    (Updated 08/21/2016)
    08/09/16LBSam BarringtonAnklePROBABLEBarrington (ankle) recorded a solo tackle for loss in Thursday's preseason game against the Raiders, his first game action since last September.

    Barrington needed almost a year to recover from the ankle injury that cut short his 2015 campaign, but with him suiting up and playing Thursday, he has made it all the way back. Barrington is competing with Blake Martinez and Jake Ryan for snaps at the two middle linebacker spots in the Packers' base defense.

    (Updated 08/20/2016)
    08/04/16LBJake RyanHamstringPROBABLERyan (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    The Packers originally thought that Ryan's hamstring would only sideline him a few days, but after two weeks of rest, Ryan is finally all set. As a rookie last season, Ryan appeared in 14 games and accounted for 50 combined tackles. Coming into 2016, Green Bay has sought to expand Ryan's role within the linebacking corps. If the 24-year-old can remain on the field up until week 1, there is a strong chance that he earns a starting spot at inside linebacker.

    (Updated 08/22/2016)
    07/29/16DBDemetri GoodsonSuspensionSUSPENDGoodson has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    Goodson will be free to participate in all of the Packers' offseason and preseason preparations, but will be forced to miss the first quarter of the upcoming regular season. A depth cornerback that saw more playing time toward the end of last season, Goodson's absence will open the door for teammates to fill his role on defense and special teams.

    (Updated 04/08/2016)
    07/29/16DLMike PennelSuspensionSUSPENDPennel has been suspended four games for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    An undrafted free agent in 2014, Pennel served behind B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion last season, notching one sack among 25 tackles. The Packers have already inked Guion to a three-year deal, and Raji may leave in free agency, leaving more snaps available to Pennel once he fulfills the suspension. However, the preceding is assuming Pennel even lands a spot on the eventual 53-man roster.

    (Updated 02/19/2016)
    Minnesota Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    08/30/16TEMyCole PruittKneeDOUBTFULPruitt (leg) is expected to miss 2-to-4 weeks after an MRI revealed he suffered a sprained MCL, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    The second-year tight end sustained the injury in Sunday's preseason win over the Chargers. He had 11 yards on one reception to go along with a lost fumble prior to exiting the contest. Pruitt and rookie David Morgan have been competing to back up Kyle Rudolph at tight end, so Morgan may have an opportunity to showcase his skill set with Pruitt sidelined the first few weeks of the season. Regardless, both expect to assume limited roles behind Rudolph.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/29/16DBMichael GriffinBackQUESTIONABLEGriffin got the start at safety opposite Harrison Smith in Sunday's preseason game, but left in the second quarter due to a back injury and was later seen leaving the locker room on crutches, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.

    Griffin had one tackle before departing. He got the start in the third preseason game over Andrew Sendejo, but head coach Mike Zimmer indicated the competition isn't decided. However, Griffin's injury could make Sendejo the starter if it's an issue for the start of the regular season.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/24/16DBAnthony HarrisUndisclosedPROBABLEHarris remained in the starting lineup at safety and had six tackles and defended a pass in Sunday's win over Chicago.

    Harris got the start with Harrison Smith out. He could start again next week if Smith remains sidelined.

    (Updated 12/22/2015)
    08/24/16DBTre RobersonHandQUESTIONABLERoberson is dealing with a broken bone in his right hand, Joel Badzinski of the Pioneer Press reports.

    Roberson suffered the injury during the Vikings' preseason opener and originally attempted to play through the injury. However, after the medical staff discovered the break, they held him out of practice last week, which eventually forced him to remain sidelined during the team's second preseason game against the Seahawks. Roberson claims he won't need surgery, but he'll still have to wear "medical gear" for roughly two weeks. It's a tough break for the 23-year-old converted cornerback, who is not a lock to make the final roster.

    (Updated 08/23/2016)
    08/23/16TERhett EllisonKneeQUESTIONABLEEllison (knee) has been activated from the PUP list, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    Ellison suffered a torn patellar tendon in last year's season finale against the Packers. He's a key blocker in Minnesota's offensive scheme, so a return to full health could boost the running game. If Ellison isn't able to play, rookie tight end David Morgan has been drawing praise for his blocking ability and could see more snaps early in the season.

    (Updated 08/23/2016)
    08/19/16DBXavier RhodesHamstringQUESTIONABLERhodes (hamstring) did not play in Sunday's preseason win over San Diego.

    He hasn't practiced since suffering the injury in the team's second preseason game. It's very unlikely he'll play in the final preseason game, so we may not know his status until shortly before the first game of the regular season.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/13/16LBEric KendricksHamstringPROBABLEKendricks (hamstring) participated in practice for a second consecutive day Wednesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    Kendricks hasn't played in a preseason game after suffering an injury in early August. It sounds like he'll be ready for the regular season even if he doesn't appear in a regular season contest.

    (Updated 08/25/2016)
    08/10/16LBEdmond RobinsonUndisclosedPROBABLERobinson had five tackles in Sunday's win over the Giants, despite playing just six snaps on defense.

    Robinson started two games at linebacker with Anthony Barr hurt, but moved back to a mostly special teams role on Sunday.

    (Updated 12/28/2015)
    08/10/16LBBrandon WattsUndisclosedPROBABLEWatts 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.

    (Updated 11/16/2015)
    08/09/16DBTerence NewmanUndisclosedPROBABLENewman will not travel with the team for Friday's preseason matchup with the Bengals due to an undisclosed injury, Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune reports.

    Newman missed practice both Monday and Tuesday, although the specifics of the injury have yet to be released. It isn't expected to be anything serious, though, so the Vikings are likely just being cautious with their 37-year-old veteran. Newman will remain in Minnesota for rest and recovery, but we should see his status updated by the start of next week. Look for Trae Waynes to take the starters' reps during Friday's preseason outing versus the Bengals.

    (Updated 08/09/2016)
    07/29/16QBTaylor HeinickeAnkleOUTHeinicke (ankle) has shed the walking boot he wore to protect his foot from further injury, Scout.com reports.

    Heinicke declined to talk about his injury after practice, reportedly saying it was time to go lift weights. If those were indeed his plans, his foot may be further along than anticipated. However, Shaun Hill has done nothing to relinquish his role as the backup to starter Teddy Bridgewater, and the Vikings project to carry only two quarterbacks on their active roster entering the regular season. Ultimately, Heinicke appears destined for either the practice squad or injured reserve list in 2016.

    (Updated 08/24/2016)
 
 
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