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Minnesota Vikings

Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium | Coach: Mike Zimmer
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense31st72.4 (32nd)224.4 (25th)
Defense3rd103.5 (17th)199.9 (4th)
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20Alexander, Mackensie CB5-1019211/12/1993RClemson
44Asiata, Matt RB6-02197/24/19875Utah
55Barr, Anthony OLB6-52553/18/19923UCLA
64Beavers, Willie G6-532210/2/1993RWestern Michigan
61Berger, Joe C6-53055/25/198212Michigan Tech
76Boone, Alex G6-83105/4/19877Ohio State
8Bradford, Sam QB6-422411/8/19877Oklahoma
40Brothers, Kentrell OLB6-12422/8/1993RMissouri
68Clemmings, T.J. T6-530911/18/19912Pittsburgh
57Cole, Audie MLB6-52486/1/19895North Carolina State
14Diggs, Stefon WR6-019111/29/19932Maryland
62Easton, Nick C6-23036/16/19922Harvard
85Ellison, Rhett TE6-525010/3/19885USC
73Floyd, Sharrif DT6-33115/28/19914Florida
5Forbath, Kai K5-111979/2/19875UCLA
63Fusco, Brandon G6-43067/26/19886Slippery Rock
52Greenway, Chad OLB6-32371/12/198311Iowa
97Griffen, Everson DE6-327312/22/19877USC
41Harris, Anthony SS6-119210/9/19912Virginia
79Harris, Michael G6-533812/5/19885UCLA
6Heinicke, Taylor QB6-12103/15/19932Old Dominion
69Hill, Rashod T6-63091/12/1992RSouthern Mississippi
13Hill, Shaun QB6-32301/9/198015Maryland
99Hunter, Danielle DE6-525210/29/19942Louisiana State
12Johnson, Charles WR6-22172/27/19894Grand Valley State
92Johnson, Tom DT6-32888/30/19846Southern Mississippi
98Joseph, Linval DT6-432910/10/19887East Carolina
27Kearse, Jayron SS6-42152/11/1994RClemson
54Kendricks, Eric MLB6-02322/29/19922UCLA
67Kerin, Zac G6-53058/13/19912Toledo
59Lamur, Emmanuel LB6-42456/8/19895Kansas State
48Line, Zach FB6-12334/26/19904Southern Methodist
18Locke, Jeff P6-01959/27/19894UCLA
47McDermott, Kevin LS6-52401/12/19904UCLA
21McKinnon, Jerick RB5-92055/3/19923Georgia Southern
89Morgan, David TE6-42655/19/1993RTexas-San Antonio
24Munnerlyn, Captain CB5-91954/10/19888South Carolina
23Newman, Terence CB5-101979/4/197814Kansas State
84Patterson, Cordarrelle WR6-22203/17/19914Tennessee
29Rhodes, Xavier CB6-12186/19/19904Florida State
51Robinson, Edmond OLB6-32452/23/19922Newberry
96Robison, Brian DE6-32594/27/198310Texas
82Rudolph, Kyle TE6-626511/9/19896Notre Dame
34Sendejo, Andrew SS6-12109/9/19876Rice
35Sherels, Marcus CB5-101759/30/19876Minnesota
78Sirles, Jeremiah T6-63158/8/19913Nebraska
22Smith, Harrison FS6-22142/2/19895Notre Dame
93Stephen, Shamar DT6-53102/25/19913Connecticut
19Thielen, Adam WR6-22008/22/19903Minnesota State
94Trattou, Justin DE6-42588/28/19885Florida
11Treadwell, Laquon WR6-22156/14/1995RMississippi
26Waynes, Trae CB6-01907/25/19922Michigan State
91Weatherly, Stephen DE6-52653/19/1994RVanderbilt
17Wright, Jarius WR5-1019111/25/19895Arkansas
Injured Players
5Bridgewater, Teddy (IR) QB6-221511/10/19923Louisville
95Crichton, Scott (IR) DE6-327310/30/19913Oregon State
32Exum, Antone (IR) CB6-02192/27/19913Virginia Tech
75Kalil, Matt (IR) T6-73177/6/19895USC
72Long, Jake (IR) T6-73225/9/19859Michigan
28Peterson, Adrian (IR) RB6-12203/21/198510Oklahoma
25Price, Jabari (IR) CB5-112008/31/19923North Carolina
71Smith, Andre (IR) T6-43251/25/19878Alabama
Practice Squad
30Ham, C.J. RB5-112357/22/1993RAugustana (S.D.)
69Johnson, Toby DT6-43259/1/19911Georgia
81Boehringer, Moritz WR6-422510/16/1993RNo College
83Pruitt, MyCole TE6-22583/24/19922Southern Illinois
 Roberson, Tre DB6-020010/22/1992RIllinois State
 Fruechte, Isaac WR6-32103/7/19911Minnesota
 Sankey, Bishop RB5-102099/15/19923Washington
 Bailey, Sterling DE6-32969/13/1992RGeorgia
 Shepherd, Austin T6-43275/28/19922Alabama
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
Jeremiah Sirles
The Chargers traded offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles to the Vikings, a source told NFL.com. Sirles started one game last season.
Moritz Boehringer
Boehringer was signed to the Vikings practice squad, NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano reports.

A workout superstar, Boehringer recorded a 4.43 40-yard dash and 39-inch vertical -- checking in at 6-4, 227 pounds -- at Florida Atlantic University's pro day in March. Even with those measurables, the 22-year-old German was always a better bet for the practice squad than the active roster, as his competition overseas didn't compare to NCAA Division 1 football.

Anthony Harris
Harris had four total tackles and played 48-of-61 snaps on defense in Monday's loss to Chicago.

Jayron Kearse got the start at strong safety with Andrew Sendejo out with an ankle injury, but he played just 15 snaps on defense after some early struggles. It looks like Harris could take over the starting job and get the bulk of playing time if Sendejo remains sidelined.

Rashod Hill
Hill was signed by the Vikings on Tuesday.

Hill was brought on to replace Jake Long (Achilles), who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. The rookie has spent the season on the Jaguars' practice squad but now has a real opportunity to become a starter on a depleted Vikings' offensive line.

Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 13 vs. Dallas
Charles Johnson
Johnson had three receptions for 36 yards on five targets in Thursday's loss to Dallas.

Johnson played 26 snaps on offense as he likely got more opportunities with Stefon Diggs being eased back a bit from a knee injury. Unfortunately, Johnson had a bad drop when a ball hit his hands late in the game on what would have been a key first down. That drop may move him back to the bench next week with Diggs ready for a larger workload.

Shaun Hill
Hill saw his first action since Week 1 in Thursday's loss to Dallas, completing his only pass for six yards while playing two plays for a temporarily injured Sam Bradford.

Bradford returned to play the second half, so Hill should remain on the bench next week against Jacksonville.

Justin Trattou
Vikings defensive end Justin Trattou is inactive Sunday against the Vikings.

Trattou backs up Everson Griffin at right defensive end and the Vikings will be without needed depth. Depth is more of an issue than usual with the game being played at high altitude.

Chad Greenway
Greenway traveled to Detroit and is active for Thursday's game against Detroit despite the impending birth of his child, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Greenway said he could miss Thursday's game at Detroit if his wife gives birth to the couple's fourth child before the game. He'll start but may not get significant playing time as he's likely to come off the field in passing situations with Eric Kendricks healthy.

Andre Smith
Bengals starting right tackle Andre Smith will be limited this spring and won't participate in team drills, but he'll be ready for training camp, reports the team's website. Smith, 28, is coming back from a torn triceps that limited him to nine games last season.
Triceps - Injured Reserve
Laquon Treadwell
Treadwell played 11 snaps in Thursday's loss to Dallas but did not have a reception.

Treadwell appeared to run an incorrect route on a pass that was thrown his way and went out of bounds, which could hurt his ability to get more playing time. He's had ten or more snaps on offense the past three weeks, so he's getting some opportunity - but he'll need to capitalize on small chances.

Sam Bradford
Bradford completed 32 of 45 passes for 247 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in Thursday's 17-15 loss to the Cowboys. He also gained 10 yards on two rushes and fumbled once but recovered.

While the final stat line looks serviceable in both a real-world and fantasy football sense, it was notably helped by a two-minute drill that Bradford and the Vikings successfully ran to get within two points of the Cowboys with 25 seconds remaining. However, Bradford badly missed high on the subsequent two-point conversion attempt, and what looked like a missed call by the refs of a hit to his helmet as he let go of the ball sealed Minnesota's fate on the night. Despite his numbers being helped by the aforementioned final drive, the veteran quarterback's 5.49 YPA was actually his second-lowest figure in that category this season, and the Vikings will clearly need more from him down the stretch to keep their playoff hopes alive. He'll try to rebound in a Week 14 road tilt against the Jaguars.

Eric Kendricks
Kendricks (hip) is active for Thursday's game against Detroit, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Kendricks was able to participate in all activities during the week, so his hip injury doesn't appear to be a major concern.

Audie Cole
Cole will start at middle linebacker Sunday against Detroit with Eric Kendricks inactive due to a concussion.

Cole will not see the bulk of snaps however, as Chad Greenway will likely stay on the field in nickel and dime situations with Cole sitting out. Cole may not be an ideal IDP replacement for Kendricks as a result.

Tre Roberson
Roberson was released by the Vikings.

He suffered a broken bone in his right hand during training camp which hurt his chances to make the final roster.

Hand - Questionable for Week 14 at Jacksonville
Kyle Rudolph
Rudolph secured six of 12 targets for 45 yards in Thursday's 17-15 loss to the Cowboys.

After a downturn in involvement following former offensive coordinator Norv Turner's exit on Nov. 2, Rudolph has bounced back with a pair of double-digit target games. He's secured 15 of 22 looks for 109 yards over the last two contests, reclaiming his place as one of Sam Bradford's most trusted targets. Despite the largely conservative nature of the Vikings offense regardless of who's calling the plays, Rudolph still shapes up as one of the better fantasy options at the fickle tight end position for the balance of the campaign.

Marcus Sherels
Sherels (ribs) has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Cowboys, ESPN reports.

Sherels is tending to a fractured rib. Expect Adam Thielen to take over punt return duties for at least one more game.

Ribs - Inactive for Week 13 vs. Dallas
Sterling Bailey
No Updates
Bishop Sankey
Sankey signed with the Vikings' practice squad Friday.

Sankey spent the summer with the Titans and has since made stops in both New England and Kansas City. If something were to happen to Jerick McKinnon or Matt Asiata, expect the former second-rounder to receive a call from Vikings brass.

Everson Griffen
Griffen had seven total tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack in Sunday's loss to Detroit.

Minnesota's three-game losing streak and struggles on defense can't be blamed on Griffen as he has two sacks and 13 tackles the past three games. He has six sacks on the season.

Kentrell Brothers
The Vikings selected Brothers in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 160th overall.

Brothers was one of the more highly-regarded linebackers in the class heading into the Combine, but miserable pre-draft athletic testing pushed Brothers this far down the order. A bit undersized at 6-foot, 245 pounds, Brothers ran a 4.89-second 40-yard dash while logging problematic jumps -- 28.5 inches in the vertical and 110 in the broad jump. Still, he was quite productive at Missouri, posting 274 tackles over his last two seasons.

Xavier Rhodes
Rhodes had two interceptions, including a 100-yard return for a touchdown, along with three tackles in Sunday's win over Arizona.

Rhodes' interception return for a touchdown was a huge turnaround as he picked off a pass in the end zone and returned it all the way for a touchdown. Rhodes has been a difference maker in the secondary when healthy this year, but he's missed two games and played through injuries in several more. He looks healthy and in top form for the final six games, however.

Shamar Stephen
Stephen had a tackle while playing 32 of 74 snaps on defense in Sunday's win at Carolina.

Stephen is mostly a run stuffer and gets time in the defense line rotation behind Linval Joseph, so don't expect many tackles or sacks.

T.J. Clemmings
No Updates
Mackensie Alexander
Alexander is inactive Thursday due to a groin injury.

Alexander was limited in practice all week and will be missing his first game of the season. His absence shouldn't impact the defense greatly.

Groin - Inactive for Week 13 vs. Dallas
Captain Munnerlyn
Munnerlyn (ankle) is active for Thursday's game in Detroit.

With Terrence Newman (neck) out of commission, Munnerlyn could experience an uptick in snaps, despite Trae Waynes entering the starting lineup. As a result, the potential exists for Munnerlyn to muster more than his typical tackle count (4.0 per game).

Antone Exum
Exum (leg) was placed on Minnesota's injured reserve list on Wednesday.

Exum injured his leg in Sunday's preseason game and was waived in the days after. Now that he's cleared waivers he was eligible for placement on the IR and is done for the season.

Leg - Injured Reserve
Matt Asiata
Asiata had six carries for 30 yards and lost three yards on one reception in Thursday's loss to Dallas.

Asiata ended a streak of three games without a touchdown, and unfortunately most of his fantasy value comes as a goal-line back. He got six carries while Jerick McKinnon had nine carries as Asiata continues to get slightly less than half the workload in the timeshare.

Tom Johnson
Johnson (concussion) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Johnson was a limited participant in practice heading into the weekend which left his status up in the air, but he'll be in the Week 9 lineup as Shamar Stephen's backup at defensive tackle.

Edmond Robinson
Robinson 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.

Stefon Diggs
Diggs (knee) corralled all eight of his targets for 59 yards in Thursday's 17-15 loss to the Cowboys.

Diggs was back in action after missing the Thanksgiving tilt versus the Lions and looked to be at full health while leading the team in receptions on the night. The second-year speedster is still hampered by the limitations of the Vikings offense overall, but has now reached the 75-reception mark on the season, while also breaking the 800-yard milestone with Thursday's production. The one major concern for fantasy owners is his significantly low touchdown equity, as Diggs has only visited the end zone twice in 2016, and not since Week 8 against the Bears. He'll look to break that string when the Vikings visit the Jaguars in Week 14.

Adam Thielen
Thielen corralled seven of nine targets for 86 yards in Thursday's 17-15 loss to the Cowboys. He also lost a key fumble in the fourth quarter that led to a Dallas touchdown.

Thielen continued his ascent fantasy-wise Thursday, but his early fourth-quarter fumble deep in Vikings territory directly led to a go-ahead eight-yard touchdown pass from Dak Prescott to Dez Bryant on the very next play following the miscue. On the bright side, Thielen now has 15 receptions on 20 targets for 139 yards over the last two weeks, and Thursday's solid numbers encouragingly came with Stefon Diggs on the field. He'll look to continue his emergence against the Jaguars in Week 14.

Nick Easton
Easton (ankle) will play in the Vikings' Week 2 home opener against the Packers.

Easton was unable to lace up in the season opener, but managed to practice in full capacity on Friday after logging limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday. He projects to assume a backup center role.

Scott Crichton
Chrichton (undisclosed) was placed on the Vikings Injured Reserve list on Wednesday.

Crichton was waived with an injury designation on Tuesday, and has since cleared waivers. His placement on IR means the former third-round pick will be shut down for the season.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Taylor Heinicke
Heinicke (foot) was activated Tuesday from the non-football injury list, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Heinicke returned to practice Oct. 19 and had to be activated within a 21-day window. The Vikings decided to bring him back at the last second, but he'll only be No. 3 on the depth chart, clearly stuck behind both Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill.

Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 13 vs. Dallas
Danielle Hunter
Hunter had two sacks and three quarterback hits in Sunday's win over Arizona.

Hunter has three sacks the past two games as Minnesota's pass rush bounced back Sunday after struggling in a four-game losing streak. Hunter now has seven sacks and continues to improve from the six sacks in his strong rookie season.

Isaac Fruechte
No Updates
Adrian Peterson
Peterson (knee) ran several short sprints at Tuesday's practice, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports.

Peterson's workload at Tuesday's practice may not seem significant at first glance, but it is a sign that he has been cleared to resume running as he continues to work his way back from late-September knee surgery. Peterson will not be playing in this week's game against the Cowboys and will have to practice before he even has any shot to suit up again, but he appears to be making sound progress in his recovery and will at least have a chance to return to action before the season ends as the Vikings have hoped.

Knee - Meniscus - Injured Reserve
Emmanuel Lamur
Lamur had three total tackles and played 16 snaps on defense in Sunday's loss to Detroit.

Lamur had played just six snaps on defense in eight games before Sunday, but saw action with Eric Kendricks out with a concussion.

Joe Berger
Berger (concussion) has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Cowboys, ESPN reports.

Berger suffered a concussion last Thursday against the Lions and remains under protocol. In his place, Nick Easton projects to get the start at center.

Concussion - Inactive for Week 13 vs. Dallas
David Morgan
Morgan (knee) was not listed on the Vikings' injury report Wednesday.

The rookie missed two consecutive games prior to the Vikings' bye week. However, it appears the rest did him well given his return to practice in a full time role. He is seemingly on track to return to action Sunday.

C.J. Ham
Ham led the Vikings with 35 rushing yards on 12 carries wit a touchdown in Friday's preseason opener against the Bengals.

The 23-year-old rookie out of Augustana finished with an unimpressive 2.9 yards per carry despite scampering in for a 10-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He's unlikely to make much noise behind superstar Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon at the running back position.

Jake Long
Long (Achilles) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Long signed with the Vikings a little over a month ago after Andre Smith (triceps) and Matt Kalil (hip) were lost for the season. The Vikings' offensive line continues to be ravaged by injuries, with the team bringing in Rashod Hill to replace Long.

Achilles - Injured Reserve
Stephen Weatherly
The Vikings selected Weatherly in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 227th overall.

Weatherly has uncommon athleticism for a player at the 6-foot-4, 270-pound build, though he falls to this point for rawness reasons. Mike Zimmer is an ideal coach for him to land with, though.

Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 13 vs. Dallas
MyCole Pruitt
Pruitt was released by the Vikings on Tuesday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Pruitt was released to make room for QB Taylor Heinicke (foot), who was activated from the non-football injury list. The Vikings still have three tight ends on their roster, with Rhett Ellison and David Morgan providing depth behind starter Kyle Rudolph. The 24-year-old Pruitt has just one catch for seven yards this season.

Willie Beavers
No Updates
Sharrif Floyd
Floyd (knee) has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Cowboys, ESPN reports.

Floyd was unable to return to practice this week. His next chance to play will come in Week 14 against the Jaguars.

Knee - Inactive for Week 13 vs. Dallas
Anthony Barr
Barr had four total tackles and a sack in Thursday's loss at Detroit.

It was just his second sack of the season as Thursday was maybe the first game all season we've seen him be the distruptive force he was the previous two years. His tackle totals are also down significantly to 2.6 per game this season from 3.9 per game last year.

Kevin McDermott
The Vikings announced Monday that they have signed long snapper Kevin McDermott , per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. McDermott, who snapped in seven games for the Ravens last season before suffering an elbow injury, will compete with veteran snapper Cullen Loeffler

Andrew Sendejo
Sendejo (ankle) will be active for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Sendejo was unable to suit up for Week 8's loss to the Bears, but he'll return to the starting lineup this week at strong safety opposite Harrison Smith. Anthony Harris figures to be Sendejo's primary backup if he experiences any kind of setback.

Jayron Kearse
Kearse started at strong safety in Monday's loss to Chicago but played just 15 snaps, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Kearse was essentially benched after missing a tackle and allowing Jordan Howard to have a long run early in the game. Anthony Harris played most of the snaps thereafter. It looks like Harris would start if Andrew Sendejo remains out with an ankle injury.

Jabari Price
Price was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Fortunately, Minnesota has a deep enough secondary to absorb the loss of Price.

Knee - Injured Reserve
Kai Forbath
Forbath has signed with Minnesota.

He'll take over placekicking duties from Blair Walsh, who was released Tuesday.

Teddy Bridgewater
Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman said Bridgewater (knee) is now walking without crutches, ESPN.com's Ben Goessling reports.

Sugarman said the quarterback is making good progress, regaining range of motion and strength in his surgically repaired left knee. Bridgewater still has a brace and is only eight weeks into a lengthy process, but it sounds as if he's right on schedule so far. The goal is to have him ready for Week 1 next season.

Knee - Injured Reserve
Zac Kerin
Kerin (hand) was not listed on the Vikings' final injury report in advance of Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Kerin has missed the past three games with a hand injury, but now appears set to make a return.

Austin Shepherd
No Updates
Alex Boone
49ers offensive lineman Alex Boone is expected to switch from right guard to left guard for the upcoming season, the veteran said per ESPN.com. He will replace three-time Pro Bowler Mike Iupati at the position.

"It's great," Boone said. "It's different, obviously, [after] playing next to Anthony [Davis] all those years, now you move over play next to Joe [Staley]. Both great tackles. Footwork's a little diferent, handwork is a little different, but at the end of the day it’s come along real well."

Brian Robison
Robison had a sack and two total tackles in Sunday's win over Arizona.

Robison had gone five games without a sack, which corresponded with Minnesota's four-game losing streak. It looks like he and the defensive line are back on track.

Brandon Fusco
Fusco (concussion) was able to fully participate at the Vikings' practice Wednesday.

The veteran guard suffered a concussion in the Vikings' final game before their bye week. It has not been reported that Fusco has passed the league's concussion protocol at this point, but his participation in practice Wednesday is a positive sign for his status heading into Sunday.

Michael Harris
The Vikings re-signed restricted free agent tackle Michael Harris, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He played in 12 games last year, starting five due to the season-ending injury to right tackle Phil Loadholt.
Undisclosed - Out for Week 14 at Jacksonville
Jarius Wright
Wright played five snaps on offense but was not targeted in Thursday's loss at Detroit.

Wright looks buried on the depth chart as both Charles Johnson (22) and Laquon Treadwell (34) got more playing time with Stefon Diggs out.

Matt Kalil
Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil underwent arthroscopic surgical procedures to both of his knees so far this offseason, according to a report from USA Today

Kalil also had injections to help manage joint pain. Both knees were scoped in January before having a Regenexx procedure performed on them in March. Kalil also had platelet-rich plasma therapy performed, too. 

Throughout the procedures, Kalil has been working out and rehabbing at the Vikings' team facility. 

Hip - Labrum - Injured Reserve
Jerick McKinnon
McKinnon rushed for 41 yards on nine carries and secured five of six targets for 14 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 17-15 loss to the Cowboys.

McKinnon actually found some decent running room on his limited opportunities, with his 4.6 YPC figure checking in as his highest since Week 4. His five catches were also a season high, and his nifty five-yard touchdown grab with 25 seconds remaining brought the Vikings within two. Despite a relatively productive fantasy night, McKinnon's rushing attempts have now been in in the single digits in four of the last five contests, and with news that Adrian Peterson continues to ramp up his activity in the hopes of a late-season return, the former's days as a viable fantasy asset could be numbered.

Terence Newman
Newman (neck) is active for Thursday's game against the Cowboys.

Newman was inactive last week but was able to practice in full on Tuesday and wasn't expected to be held out Thursday. It's unclear if he'll be limited at all, in which case Trae Waynes would likely see some extra snaps.

Rhett Ellison
Ellison had one carry for a one-yard touchdown in Sunday's loss to Detroit. He also had one reception for four yards on his only target.

It was just Ellison's second rushing attempt of his career as he scored on a misdirection play. Ellison is mostly a blocker and will only get a touch or two per game on offense.

Harrison Smith
Smith left the locker room after Thursday's game on crutches with his left foot in a walking boot, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. While he's been battling a sore ankle in recent weeks, he said he wasn't sure if it was a new injury. "I don't know,'" he said. "I can't feel a lot.'"

Smith was able to play a full game and had five tackles. He has some extra time off with the Vikings playing on Sunday next week at Jacksonville.

Ankle - Questionable for Week 14 at Jacksonville
Zach Line
Line had three carries for six yards in Monday's win over the Giants.

It was Line's first carries of the season as the Vikings used him in several short-yardage situations. He's almost exclusively used as a blocker, but at least this shows he's not totally forgotten in the playbook.

Trae Waynes
Waynes will start at cornerback against Detroit with Terrance Newman out with a neck injury, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Waynes has had an inconsistent season with some big plays and frequent penalties. He'll likely get plenty of action from Detroit's passing game.

Cordarrelle Patterson
Patterson had two receptions for ten yards on three targets and also had two carries for six yards in Thursday's loss to Dallas.

Patterson was a clear third option at receiver as he had 47 snaps on offense compared to 63 for Adam Thielen and 58 for Stefon Diggs. Patterson and Thielen have been getting about equal playing time behind Diggs, and Thursday's game likely doesn't change that equation much despite Patterson's slight decrease in snaps and fewer targets (nine for Thielen)

Linval Joseph
Joseph (shoulder) will play Sunday against Washington, Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune reports.

Joseph was sidelined the majority of practice this week but will take the field Sunday despite his shoulder aliment. The Vikings may limit the defensive tackle's reps, in which case Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen are likely to see increased playing time.

Toby Johnson
No Updates
Jeff Locke
No Updates

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