Minnesota Vikings

Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium | Coach: Mike Zimmer
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense7th121.1 (8th)248.2 (10th)
Defense3rd88.3 (2nd)205.1 (5th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
20Alexander, Mackensie CB5-1019211/12/19932Clemson
55Barr, Anthony OLB6-52553/18/19924UCLA
81Bell, Blake TE6-62528/7/19913Oklahoma
61Berger, Joe G6-53055/25/198213Michigan Tech
90Bower, Tashawn DE6-42502/18/1995RLSU
5Bridgewater, Teddy QB6-221511/10/19924Louisville
24Brock, Tramaine DB5-101888/20/19888Belhaven College
40Brothers, Kentrell OLB6-12422/8/19932Missouri
31Brown, Mack RB5-112139/24/19912Florida
13Coley, Stacy WR6-01955/13/1994RMiami (Fla.)
76Collins, Aviante T6-42924/21/1993RTCU
14Diggs, Stefon WR6-019111/29/19933Maryland
62Easton, Nick G6-33036/16/19923Harvard
65Elflein, Pat C6-23037/6/1994ROhio State
73Floyd, Sharrif DT6-33115/28/19915Florida
18Floyd, Michael WR6-322011/27/19896Notre Dame
2Forbath, Kai K5-111979/2/19876UCLA
42Gedeon, Ben OLB6-224410/16/1994RMichigan
97Griffen, Everson DE6-327312/22/19878Southern California
30Ham, C.J. RB5-112357/22/19931Augustana (S.D.)
41Harris, Anthony SS6-119210/9/19913Virginia
69Hill, Rashod T6-63131/12/19922Southern Mississippi
99Hunter, Danielle DE6-525210/29/19943LSU
63Isidora, Danny G6-33066/5/1994RMiami (Fla.)
94Johnson, Jaleel DT6-33167/12/1994RIowa
98Joseph, Linval DT6-432910/10/19888East Carolina
27Kearse, Jayron SS6-42152/11/19942Clemson
7Keenum, Case QB6-12152/17/19885Houston
54Kendricks, Eric MLB6-02322/29/19923UCLA
59Lamur, Emmanuel LB6-42456/8/19896Kansas State
47McDermott, Kevin LS6-52401/12/19905UCLA
21McKinnon, Jerick RB5-92055/3/19924Georgia Southern
89Morgan, David TE6-42655/19/19932Texas-San Antonio
25Murray, Latavius RB6-32301/18/19905UCF
23Newman, Terence CB5-101979/4/197815Kansas State
4Quigley, Ryan P6-22051/26/19905Boston College
71Reiff, Riley T6-630512/1/19886Iowa
72Remmers, Mike T6-53104/11/19895Oregon State
29Rhodes, Xavier CB6-12186/19/19905Florida State
96Robison, Brian DE6-32594/27/198311Texas
82Rudolph, Kyle TE6-626511/9/19897Notre Dame
34Sendejo, Andrew SS6-12109/9/19877Rice
35Sherels, Marcus CB5-101759/30/19877Minnesota
78Sirles, Jeremiah G6-63158/8/19914Nebraska
1Sloter, Kyle QB6-42182/7/1994RNorthern Colorado
22Smith, Harrison FS6-22142/2/19896Notre Dame
93Stephen, Shamar DT6-53102/25/19914Connecticut
19Thielen, Adam WR6-22008/22/19904Minnesota State
11Treadwell, Laquon WR6-22156/14/19952Ole Miss
26Waynes, Trae CB6-01907/25/19923Michigan State
91Weatherly, Stephen DE6-52653/19/19942Vanderbilt
50Wilson, Eric LB6-12309/26/1994RCincinnati
17Wright, Jarius WR5-1019111/25/19896Arkansas
Injured Players
8Bradford, Sam (IR) QB6-422411/8/19878Oklahoma
33Cook, Dalvin (IR) RB5-102108/10/1995RFlorida State
43Sankey, Bishop (IR) RB5-102139/15/19923Washington
57Washington, Shaan (IR) LB6-322012/29/1993RTexas A&M
Practice Squad
12Adams, Rodney WR6-11899/15/1994RSouth Florida
63Bradley, Dylan DT6-12862/4/1995RSouthern Mississippi
86Carter, Kyle TE6-324512/17/19921Penn State
72Edison, Cornelius C6-33097/10/19932Portland State
16Jones, Cayleb WR6-32093/21/19931Arizona
 Lang, Cedrick T6-72695/12/19921Texas-El Paso
60Odenigbo, Ifeadi DL6-32584/8/1994RNorthwestern
38Richardson, Horace CB5-111999/28/1993RSouthern Methodist
 Tocho, Jack CB6-02022/8/1996RNC State
 Williams, Antwione LB6-32405/26/19932Georgia Southern
 
 
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Position Listing
Jeremiah Sirles
News
Sirles (knee) practiced without limitations Friday and is in line to play Sunday against the Rams.

Sirles will reprise his role as a reserve lineman and likely won't see action unless one of the starters sustains an injury.

Anthony Harris
News
Harris had seven total tackles, forced and recovered a fumble and had a pass defensed in Sunday's win over the Rams.

Harris started at strong safety in place of the injured Andrew Sendejo and made a significant impact. He stripped the ball away from Cooper Kupp as he was about to score a touchdown in a play that likely changed the game. He may return to a more limited role this week if Sendejo can return from groin/hamstring ailments.

Rashod Hill
News
Hill (knee) was a full participant in practice Thursday.

Hill missed Monday's win over the Bears and was limited in practice on Wednesday, but his full participation bodes well for his game status against the Packers this Sunday.

Latavius Murray
News
Murray rushed nine times for 14 yards and caught both of his targets for six yards in Sunday's 31-24 loss to Carolina.

Murray got two more touches than Jerick McKinnon, but gained 35 fewer yards from scrimmage. The former Raiders running back came in with 323 yards and four touchdowns on the ground over the previous four weeks, so this performance should be viewed as an outlier rather than a precursor of more struggles to come.

Kyle Sloter
News
Sloter isn't expected to dress for Sunday's game against the Redskins, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Sloter had been acting as the Vikings' No. 2 quarterback behind starter Case Keenum the past three games while Sam Bradford (knee) was unavailable. Though Bradford was placed on injured reserve and isn't likely to return this season, the team activated fellow signal caller Teddy Bridgewater (knee) from the Physically Unable to Perform list in a corresponding move, pushing Sloter down a rung on the depth chart. He could be inactive for each of the Vikings' final eight games if both Keenum and Bridgewater remain healthy.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 14 at Carolina
Dalvin Cook
News
Cook (knee) began walking without the assistance of crutches last week, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Cook is still in the early stages of his recovery from Oct. 10 surgery to address a torn ACL in his left knee, so while he's ready to begin weight-bearing activities, it could be several months before he's cleared to run at full speed. That being said, with no setbacks in his recovery to date, Cook is tentatively on track to be fully healthy by the time the 2018 regular season commences.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Stacy Coley
News
Coley took over as the primary kickoff returner in Sunday's 23-10 win over Green Bay and had one return for 19 yards. He also played 16 snaps on offense, but didn't have a ball thrown his way.

Jerick McKinnon was removed from kickoff duties since he's emerged as the primary running back after Dalvin Cook's season-ending knee injury. Coley has also moved ahead of Rodney Adams for the No. 6 receiver role. However, he won't have a viable role on offense in that role.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 14 at Carolina
Riley Reiff
News
Reiff (ankle) was wearing a walking boot following Sunday's loss to the Panthers, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Reiff exited Sunday's game with the left ankle injury and did not return to the contest. Rashod Hill replaced him at left tackle, but Reiff's availability for Week 15 is likely to remain a question mark until the Vikings start practicing this week.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 15 vs. Cincinnati
Laquon Treadwell
News
Treadwell had one reception for nine yards in Sunday's 14-9 win at Atlanta.

Treadwell played just 19 snaps on offense as his playing time has decreased the last two weeks as Jarius Wright and Michael Floyd are also being mixed into the offense. However, no receiver after Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen is getting enough playing time for viable fantasy value in most formats.

Sam Bradford
News
The Vikings placed Bradford (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday.

Though the arthroscopic procedure Bradford required on his left knee Tuesday wasn't expected to sideline him for more than a handful of weeks, the Vikings weren't comfortable playing the waiting game and opted to replace him on the 53-man roster with former starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is back to full health after suffering a devastating knee injury in training camp last year. Case Keenum has performed admirably while Bradford has missed all but two games this season due to chronic knee pain and will remain the starter for Sunday's game against the Redskins, but Bridgewater is now next in line should Keenum falter or succumb to an injury of his own. Bradford is set to become a free agent this offseason and seems unlikely to be retained by the Vikings if the team is satisfied with Bridgewater's health heading into 2018.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Eric Kendricks
News
Kendricks (hip) is active for Sunday's game at Atlanta, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Kendricks missed practice Wednesday and was limited Thursday and Friday, but head coach Mike Zimmer had said he expected him to play.

Kyle Rudolph
News
Rudolph caught three of five targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-24 loss to Carolina.

Rudolph caught an 18-yard touchdown in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7. With four trips to the end zone in the past three weeks, the 28-year-old tight end's heating up at the perfect time for fantasy owners.

Marcus Sherels
News
Sherels returned two punts for an average of 5.5 yards in Monday's win over the Saints.

Sherels won the team's punt return job again and also could be used at times on kickoffs. He won't get significant playing time on defense unless injuries strike but he remains a valuable special teams player.

Bishop Sankey
News
Sankey underwent surgery on his torn ACL last week and has begun rehab, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Sankey was waived and reverted to injured reserve after tearing his ACL in the Vikings' preseason opener. With his rehab already underway, Sankey should be able to recover in time for the start of the 2018 season. However, a serious injury like this could put his NFL future in serious jeopardy.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Everson Griffen
News
Griffen racked up four solo tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble in Thursday's 30-23 win over the Lions.

Griffen continued to be a workhorse on the Vikings' defensive front, playing 55 of 59 defensive snaps. The eighth-year pro has equaled a career best with 12 sacks and set a new high-water mark with three forced fumbles this season, but his consistency is what's most promising. Griffen only has one game in 2017 without a sack, making him a valuable weekly IDP option.

Eric Wilson
No Updates
Ifeadi Odenigbo
News
The Vikings selected Odenigbo in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 220th overall.

Odenigbo is undersized for an end at just 258 points, and his lack of arm length will make it difficult for him to shed blocks. However, he is an impressive athlete with above-average metrics in nearly every Combine drill. Minnesota's depth up front means that Odenigbo has his work cut out for him if he wants to make the 53-man roster as a rookie.

Kentrell Brothers
News
Brothers (hamstring) returned to practice Saturday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Brothers is in the midst of a battle for snaps at weak-side linebacker with Emmanuel Lamur and Edmond Robinson, so he'll need to stay healthy.

Xavier Rhodes
News
Rhodes posted a season-high five solo tackles, two pass breakups and one interception in Thursday's 30-23 win over the Lions.

Rhodes helped seal Thursday's win with his interception with under three minutes left to play. It was just Rhodes' second pick of the season, though, and his inconsistency makes it tough to see him as a weekly IDP threat.

Shamar Stephen
News
Stephen (back) was a full participant at Saturday's practice, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

With a full practice under his belt this week, Stephen looks like he'll be able to give it a go Monday. How well he will hold up is still unknown, however.

Rodney Adams
News
The Vikings signed Adams to their practice squad Wednesday.

After being cut loose from the 53-man roster earlier this week following the Vikings' pickup of running back Mack Brown, Adams will remain in the organization as a practice player after going unclaimed off waivers. A fifth-round rookie out of South Florida, Adams suited up for the Vikings' Week 8 win over the Browns, but didn't play any snaps on offense or special teams.

Ryan Quigley
No Updates
Mackensie Alexander
News
Alexander (ankle) was a non-participant at Monday's practice, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Alexander presumably injured his ankle in Sunday's victory over the Bears. He tallied two solo tackles and a pass defended in the contest. Monday's practice was only a walkthrough, so the team may have just been allowing the 24-year-old time to recover. Tramaine Brock would likely see extra snaps should Alexander ultimately be unable to go Thursday.

Mike Remmers
News
Remmers (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Remmers will miss his fifth straight game, and this is the second game he'll miss due to this back injury, as the other three games were due to a concussion. Rashod Hill will start at right tackle.

Injury
Back - Inactive for Week 14 at Carolina
Blake Bell
News
Bell was claimed by the Vikings on Sunday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

A recent string of injuries led the Vikings in search of another tight end. Kyle Rudolph (leg) should be fine for the season opener, but Bell provides the team with an emergency body should he be needed.

Stefon Diggs
News
Diggs turned 10 targets in six catches for 64 yards in Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Panthers.

Diggs was the intended receiver on a fourth-quarter interception thrown by Case Keenum, and was once again outplayed by both Adam Thielen and tight end Kyle Rudolph in the passing game. The third-year man out of Maryland started the season hot with four touchdowns in three games, but has only reached the end zone once since.

Adam Thielen
News
Thielen caught six of 13 targets for 105 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-24 loss to Carolina.

Thielen was the intended target on an opening-drive Case Keenum interception and dropped a would-be four-yard touchdown in the front corner of the end zone just before halftime. He seemed to make amends two plays later, but further review revealed that he failed to possess the ball to the ground, resulting in his second dropped touchdown of the drive. Thielen's 52-yard score in the fourth quarter erased any ill will Vikings fans or fantasy owners had after his poor performance in the first half, however. The breakout star has 632 yards and four touchdowns over the past six weeks.

Nick Easton
News
Easton (calf) was a full participant at the Vikings' practice Wednesday, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Easton has sat out the last three games but appears fully recovered following the Vikings' Week 9 bye. The 25-year-old should reclaim his starting spot at left guard, but that likely is dependent on sustained practice participation through the rest of the week.

Dylan Bradley
No Updates
Cornelius Edison
News
Edison was waived by the Vikings on Monday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Edison was signed by the Vikings on Saturday and was not active for Sunday's win over the Browns. The 24-year-old is a practice squad candidate if he clears waivers.

Danielle Hunter
News
Hunter had one solo tackle and one sack in Thursday's 30-23 win over the Lions.

Hunter now has a sack in each of his last three games, and four of his last five. However, the third-year pro only has 28 tackles (15 solo) through 11 games, making him lean heavily on a sack count that just started to gain some consistency. Against questionable offensive lines, though, Hunter is a solid IDP asset.

Shaan Washington
Injury
Leg - Injured Reserve
Emmanuel Lamur
News
Lamur (foot) was wearing a walking boot following Sunday's loss to the Panthers, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Lamur was also seen using crutches post-game, but there is no other indication as to the severity of the injury at this point. The 28-year-old's status for Week 15 is likely to be unclear until Wednesday when the Vikings resume practice.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for Week 15 vs. Cincinnati
Joe Berger
No Updates
David Morgan
News
Morgan hasn't cleared concussion protocol yet and will miss Sunday's game against the Panthers, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Head coach Mike Zimmer said Thursday that Morgan had cleared concussion protocol, when actually he just passed one test, which isn't enough to make him available Sunday. Morgan is rarely targeted anyway, as he's behind Kyle Rudolph on the depth chart, so Blake Bell will likely be summoned more Sunday for run-blocking duties.

Injury
Concussion - Inactive for Week 14 at Carolina
C.J. Ham
News
Ham had three carries for eight yards in Sunday's win over the Rams.

Ham had a season high in carries, but played just 19 snaps on offense. He could carve out a larger role if anything were to happen to Jerick McKinnon or Latavius Murray. Otherwise, the Vikings don't use him much as a fullback in the offense.

Stephen Weatherly
News
Weatherly (knee) is active for Sunday's game against Washington.

Weatherly was able to practice in full after missing time on Wednesday and Thursday. Expect him to see his normal role as a backup defensive end for the Vikings.

Sharrif Floyd
News
Floyd (knee) has no set timeline for return, Matthew Coller of ESPN.com reports.

Floyd only suited up for one regular season game in 2016 before sitting out the rest with nerve damage in his knee. He's not expected to play Week 1, but the 2013 first-round pick is slated to be the top nose tackle when he returns.

Injury
Knee - Out for Week 15 vs. Cincinnati
Anthony Barr
News
Barr (concussion) was a limited participant at the Vikings' practice Thursday.

It's an improvement for Barr after sitting out practice Wednesday, but he has yet to clear the league's concussion protocol, according to Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. Progress is progress, but until the 25-year-old is fully cleared, his practice participation is a secondary concern.

Mack Brown
News
Brown was claimed off waivers by the Vikings on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Brown was waived by the Redskins on Saturday in order to make room for offensive lineman Arie Kouandijio. Brown will help add depth to the Vikings' running back unit, as the team only had two healthy tailbacks prior to the transaction.

Kevin McDermott
No Updates
Horace Richardson
No Updates
Andrew Sendejo
News
Sendejo (groin) is listed as active Thursday at Detroit.

Sendejo managed one full practice this week, clearing him to man his typical strong safety spot for the first time since Week 10. On the season, he's notched 46 tackles (31 solo) and one interception among four passes defended across seven games.

Jayron Kearse
News
Kearse (groin) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Barring any setbacks, Kearse should be ready for Sunday's game against the Packers. If active for the contest, he'll likely work in a depth role in the secondary.

Pat Elflein
News
Elflein (shoulder) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Elflein was able to practice in a limited fashion throughout the week, so his inability to suit up on Sunday comes as a bit of a surprise. Starting left guard Nick Easton will move over to center in Week 14 during Elflein's absence.

Injury
Shoulder - Inactive for Week 14 at Carolina
Kai Forbath
News
Forbath did not attempt a field goal but made both his extra-point tries in Sunday's 14-9 win over the Falcons.

Forbath's mere two points marked his lowest output since Week 4. While he faces another tough matchup this weekend against the Panthers, Forbath's season average of over eight points provides optimism for improvement.

Cedrick Lang
No Updates
Michael Floyd
News
Floyd had two receptions for 20 yards on three targets in Sunday's 14-9 win at Atlanta.

Floyd played just six snaps on offense but had two receptions for the second time in three games. No receiver after Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen is getting enough playing time for viable fantasy value in most formats.

Ben Gedeon
News
Gedeon started at weak-side linebacker but had just two tackles in Monday's win over the Saints. He played just 16 of 62 snaps on defense.

Gedeon beat out Edmond Robinson and Emmanuel Lamur for the starting job. The 2017 fourth-round draft pick may not have a lot of fantasy value, however, as the weak-side linebacker comes off the field in nickel packages.

Case Keenum
News
Keenum completed 27 of 44 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 31-24 loss to Carolina. He also scrambled five times for 40 yards and lost a fumble.

While Keenum was picked off on a deep ball intended for Adam Thielen on the opening drive, he made amends with an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph on the next possession. The quarterback threw another interception while targeting Stefon Diggs in the fourth quarter, but looked Thielen's way with more success on a 52-yard touchdown on the next drive and added a successful two-point conversion to Blake Bell. While a late winning drive by Carolina ended up rendering Minnesota's comeback moot, Keenum once again provided a serviceable fantasy performance despite the mistake-filled effort.

Tramaine Brock
News
Brock (hamstring) is active for Sunday's matchup with the Ravens.

Brock was limited in practice Thursday and Friday after participating in full on Wednesday. He hasn't seen any time on defense the past few weeks and will likely not see much time beyond special teams against Baltimore.

Danny Isidora
News
Isidora (knee) has been ruled out for Monday's season opener against the Saints, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

When healthy, Isidora projects as a backup to starting right guard Joe Berger. He will now look to improve on his health heading into Week 2.

Cayleb Jones
No Updates
Teddy Bridgewater
News
Bridgewater will again serve as Case Keenum's backup Sunday against the Rams, Craig Peters of the Vikings' official site reports.

Keenum earned at least one more start with his four-touchdown performance in Sunday's 38-30 win over Washington. He did throw interceptions on consecutive drives in the second half, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Vikings from earning their fifth straight win. The team may continue to evaluate its quarterbacks on a week-to-week basis, taking into account both Keenum's performance in future contests as well as how Bridgewater looks during practices. With Keenum, Bridgewater and Sam Bradford (knee) all in line to become unrestricted free agents this offseason, the Vikings undoubtedly would like to take a look at Bridgewater post-surgery before deciding whether they want to move forward with the 2014 first-round pick as their franchise quarterback. It's an unusual situation, especially for a red-hot team with a 7-2 record.

Antwione Williams
News
Williams was waived by the Lions on Saturday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.

This is a surprising development given the experience Williams received in his rookie year coupled with the fact he seemed to be in the mix for a starting role in 2017. The Lions are probably hoping he'll clear waivers and be able to stash him on their practice squad.

Aviante Collins
No Updates
Brian Robison
News
Robison (back) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Lions.

Robison wasn't able to play Week 11 against the Rams but seems likely to suit up this time around after practicing without limitations Wednesday. If Robison is unavailable, Stephen Weatherly will presumably take on added snaps again.

Tashawn Bower
Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 14 at Carolina
No Updates
Kyle Carter
News
Carter caught a 16-yard touchdown for his only reception in Sunday's preseason win over the 49ers.

He'll likely begin the season as the No. 3 tight end, though it's not clear if both he and Bucky Hodges will make the final roster.

Jarius Wright
News
Wright had three receptions for 18 yards on three targets in Sunday's 14-9 win at Atlanta.

Wright played 14 snaps on offense, which is lower than the last two games, but he's had three targets each of the last two games. Still, no receiver after Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen is getting enough playing time for viable fantasy value in most formats.

Jerick McKinnon
News
McKinnon rushed seven times for 46 yards and caught two of three targets for nine more in Sunday's 31-24 loss to Carolina.

McKinnon was far more effective on a per-touch basis than Latavius Murray, averaging 6.6 yards per rush compared to Murray's 1.6. Neither running back was able to get into a rhythm with Minnesota never holding a lead in this one, but the team's 10-3 record suggests gameflow won't be an issue most weeks. If McKinnon keeps outplaying Murray, he'll get a greater share of the workload moving forward after being out-touched 11-9 in this one.

Terence Newman
News
Newman played 41 snaps and worked as the slot corner ahead of Mackensie Alexander in Monday's win over the Saints, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He had four total tackles.

It looks like Newman will get more playing time as a result. However, we'd expect the Vikings to be judicious with the 39-year old's playing time later in the season.

Harrison Smith
News
Smith had three tackles, a tackle for a loss, a QB hit and an interception in Monday's win at Chicago.

Smith's interception late in the fourth quarter ultimately resulted in Minnesota winning the game. He's had an interception in two of his last three games.

Trae Waynes
News
Waynes had four tackles (three solo) and an interception in Sunday's 34-17 win over the Buccaneers.

It was Waynes' first interception of the season and fourth in his career. The pick came on a deep pass intended for DeSean Jackson in the second quarter, snuffing out a big-play opportunity for a Bucs offense that uncharacteristically struggled throughout the afternoon.

Linval Joseph
News
Joseph upped his season sack to total to 2.5 in Sunday's 33-16 win over the Browns.

Joseph had two solo tackles in the victory and played 36 of 59 defensive snaps. The Vikings defense will take on Kirk Cousins and the Redskins following their Week 9 bye.

Jaleel Johnson
News
The Vikings selected Johnson in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 109th overall.

Johnson adds another big body inside for the Vikings front, checking in at 6-foot-3, 316 pounds. His subpar combine, including a mere 19 reps on the bench that ranked in just the fifth percentile among defensive linemen, made him a Day 3 pick. That said, he has impressive tape and was able to rush the passer from the interior with 7.5 sacks as a senior. Johnson figures to add depth at the right defensive tackle spot behind Sharrif Floyd, whose future is a bit cloudy due to nerve damage in his knee.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 14 at Carolina
Jack Tocho
News
Tocho, who Minnesota selected in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, will move to safety, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

It's probably not a huge distinction as Tocho may play special teams more than defense if he's able to win a spot on the final roster. Tocho ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds at the Combine, so he may not have the speed to play cornerback regularly.