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    This might be the emptiest NFL stadium you'll ever see
    The Vikings can still run the ball and play some defense, so this team still has a chance to win games
    With mounting injuries and partially filled stadiums, more joint practices and less games could happen
    240 members of the military will be on the field before Thursday's Chargers-49ers game
    The former Nevada quarterback remains a controversial figure after his protest against racial injustice
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  • 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)
    Miami Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    08/31/16DBChimdi ChekwaThighQUESTIONABLEChekwa (thigh) will not play in Saturday's preseason tilt against the Falcons, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

    Chekwa has not played during the preseason so far and that won't change in the Dolphin's third game, as the corner is still dealing with a thigh injury. Though he returned to practice on Tuesday the team doesn't want to push him too much before he's fully healthy. It's unclear if he'll play in the team's final preseason game, next Thursday against the Titans.

    (Updated 08/25/2016)
    08/31/16DLEarl MitchellCalfQUESTIONABLEMitchell (calf) is progressing in his injury recovery and expects to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, James Walker of ESPN NFL Nation reports.

    Mitchell sounds very optimistic regarding his status moving forward as he remains on the journey back to full health. The Dolphins begin their season Sept. 11 against the Seahawks, and Mitchell hopes to be on the field next to fellow defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

    (Updated 08/30/2016)
    08/31/16DLCameron WakeAchillesQUESTIONABLEWake (achilles) played in Thursday's preseason win over the Falcons, but said afterwards that his achilles is "probably not" at 100 percent, Armando Salguergo of the Miami Herald reports.

    Wake is now 10 months removed from his torn achilles tendon that ended his 2015 campaign, and he appears to be making good progress. It's rare for teams to play one of their better players in a preseason game when they aren't totally healthy, so Wake's play on Thursday is an encouraging sign that he's nearing full health, even if he's not there yet. He isn't expected to miss any regular season time due to the injury, even as he continues through the final stages of rehab and recovery.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    08/30/16LBZach VigilBackOUTVigil (back) was placed on the Dolphins' reserve/NFI list on Tuesday.

    Vigil has been dealing with a nagging back injury as of late, and will now be sidelined for the first six weeks of the regular season. When healthy, he'll likely return to a special teams role in which he recorded 18 tackles and a blocked punt across 16 games during the 2015 campaign.

    (Updated 08/30/2016)
    08/29/16RBIsaiah PeadHamstringQUESTIONABLEHead coach Adam Gase expects Pead (hamstring) to be sidelined for at least two weeks, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

    Pead had roughed up his hamstring during Thursday's preseason tilt against the Falcons, but it was initially thought to be minor. That is evidently not the case anymore, and the Dolphins now have a tough decision to make regarding Pead's future with the team. Though he enjoyed a solid preseason, Miami's RB depth chart is a gallery of tailbacks susceptible to injury and there simply may not be room for an already-injured body.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/27/16DLTerrence FedeKneeQUESTIONABLEFede suffered a sprained MCL versus the Falcons on Thursday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

    Fede would've been on the low end of a defensive line rotation but this injury could find him on the cutting room floor before the season begins.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/27/16LBJelani JenkinsKneeQUESTIONABLEThe procedure Jenkins had on his knee was termed to be a minor knee scope, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

    The Dolphins are hopeful that Jenkins will be able to play Week 1 but even if that timetable is to optimistic he shouldn't miss more than a game or two.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/24/16DBIfo Ekpre-OlomuKneeOUTEkpre-Olomu was waived/injured by the Dolphins on Monday, Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

    Ekpre-Olomu has not been able to play an NFL snap since suffering an ACL in the 2014 Rose Bowl as part of the Oregon Ducks. Once an All-American cornerback at the college level, Ekpre-Olomu will have to prove he is healthy enough to play at a high level before he finds another NFL home, as the knee injury has been one that he just has not been able to shake yet.

    (Updated 08/08/2016)
    08/05/16RBKenyan DrakeHamstringQUESTIONABLEDrake (hamstring) said Tuesday he still isn't 100 percent healthy, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

    Despite his admission, Drake is expected to make his first NFL appearance in Thursday's preseason finale against the Titans. As a third-round rookie, Drake is a lock to make the final roster, but he's clearly behind Jay Ajayi and Arian Foster on the depth chart. If the Dolphins keep four running backs, Drake could open the regular season as a gameday inactive.

    (Updated 08/30/2016)
    08/05/16DBJordan LucasLegQUESTIONABLELucas left practice early Friday due to a leg injury, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

    There was no immediate word as to the severity of the injury or to how long Lucas would be out of camp. The sixth-round pick has a chance to make an impact this season if he can impress the coaching staff in camp as the Dolphins are thin at corner.

    (Updated 08/05/2016)
    07/31/16DLDion JordanKneeOUTJordan (knee) will be placed on the reserve/non-football injury list to start the season, ruling him out for the first six weeks, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

    Picked No. 3 overall in 2013, the 26-year-old Jordan was suspended for all of 2015 due to a repeat violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. Although he was conditionally reinstated by the league, Jordan hasn't been able to practice while recovering from offseason knee surgery. He has just three sacks in 16 career appearances.

    (Updated 08/30/2016)
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