Sendejo (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Sendejo did not participate in practice throughout the week, foreshadowing his Week 6 absence. The Vikings have a trio of players to choose from as they look to Jayron Kearse, Anthony Harris or George Iloka to replace Sendejo at strong safety next to Harrison Smith.
Sendejo was absent from practice Wednesday due to a groin injury.
Sendejo's groin issue wasn't apparent in Sunday's game against the Eagles, but a full absence from practice isn't a good sign. He still has some time to retake the field ahead of Sunday's contest against the Cardinals, with Friday's injury report revealing more about the probability of him suiting up.
Sendejo started at strong safety, had three total tackles and played all 67 of the defense's snaps in Sunday's win over the 49ers. He was credited with breaking up one pass, according to Pro Football Focus.
Sendejo got all the snaps at safety despite some thought he may lose playing time after the Vikings signed George Ilkoa late in the preseason. Ilkoa didn't play on defense Sunday, so Sendejo may not have any competition in the near future.
Sendejo had a tackle and played 30 snaps on defense in Friday's preseason game, according to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Sendejo looks set to start at strong safety, but he could see fewer snaps this season after the Vikings signed free agent George Ilkoa. Minnesota only signed Ilkoa in the past week after he was cut from the Bengals, so it's not clear yet what role he'll have in the secondary. However, Ilkoa could have a larger role given his previous history with head coach Mike Zimmer in Cincinnati.
Sendejo (calf) was held out of OTAs and minicamp this spring, Sam Ekstrom of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
It isn't certain if Sendejo's absence is related to the calf injury he suffered against the Eagles in January's NFC championship game. Furthermore, it isn't clear if the safety will be back on the field in time for training camp in late July. If he isn't, either Jayron Kearse or cornerback Terence Newman -- who saw reps at safety during spring workouts -- will presumably fill in with the starters.
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