McKinnon left Sunday's game against the Eagles in the third quarter because of an ankle injury, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
McKinnon had 48 scrimmage yards on 12 touches before leaving the game and was seen slamming his helmet down in disgust as the trainers examined his ankle. While his evaluation is still in the preliminary stages, a sense of optimism over his availability in Week 8 versus the Bears has already prevailed. In the event that he is unable to go, Matt Asiata would likely lead the backfield next Sunday.
McKinnon once again led the
McKinnon put together a strong overall performance Monday night, showing his ability to replace some of the production lost from Adrian Peterson's (knee) absence. He averaged close to five yards per carry and caught a trio of passes, but his four-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown rush was probably the most satisfying part of his Week 4 showing. Yes, teammate Matt Asiata vultured a one-yard touchdown plunge to start the game, but McKinnon's 21 total touches once again trumped Asiata's eight, and McKinnon proved he too can score in the red zone, which could open even more opportunities going forward.
McKinnon posted an unimpressive average of 2.8 yards per carry, but did get 16 attempts while supposed starter Matt Asiata got only six. If the 2014 third-rounder continues to see the majority of work in Adrian Peterson's (knee) extended absence, his career 4.9 yards per carry make him a very intriguing fantasy option moving forward. He's also a solid receiver out of the backfield, as illustrated by his 48 receptions in a limited role through two NFL seasons.
Matt Asiata is listed as the starting running back for Sunday's game against Carolina, ESPN reports. McKinnon is active and expected to share playing time.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer had said earlier in the week that McKinnon would be the starter with Adrian Peterson out with a knee injury. However, it's Asiata that gets the starting nod. Still, Asiata and Jerick McKinnon are expected to split carries
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