Minnesota Vikings

Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium | Coach: Mike Zimmer
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense5th123.3 (8th)249.2 (11th)
Defense5th77.7 (2nd)212.8 (11th)
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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 DE6-52502/18/1995RLSU
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 15 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns while also hauling in his only target for one yard in Sunday's 24-7 win over the Rams.

Murray and Jerick McKinnon notably came within just one carry of a 50/50 split of rushing touches, but the former was clearly the more effective of the two. The five-year veteran equaled his best yards-per-carry figure of the season (6.3) while also logging his third and fourth rushing scores in the last four contests. Murray has yet to reach the 20-carry mark in any game this season, but the 27-year-old appears to finally be at full health following offseason ankle surgery if his recent explosiveness is any indication. He'll look to continue surging against the Lions in a Thanksgiving Day divisional clash.

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.

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.

Riley Reiff
News
Reiff (knee) is listed as active Sunday against the Browns in London.

Reiff entered last Sunday's game versus the Browns with an ankle injury and left with a knee issue, forcing one absence from practice this week. He'll nonetheless play through his health concerns and protect Case Keenum's blind side yet again.

Laquon Treadwell
News
Treadwell had two catches for 10 yards on three targets in Sunday's 24-7 win over the Rams.

Treadwell played a season-low 16 snaps on offense as his role could be shrinking in favor of Jarius Wright and Michael Floyd. Still, none of the three are getting more than 20 snaps per game or more than a few balls thrown their way as Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs get almost all the targets among wide receivers.

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 led the Vikings in tackles with 10 (five solo) in its victory over the Redskins on Sunday.

Kendricks has now logged double-digit tackles in three of the previous four games. He was one of three Vikings defenders to play all 75 snaps and figures to continue being heavily involved going forward.

Kyle Rudolph
News
Rudolph brought in five of seven targets for 58 yards in Sunday's 24-7 win over the Rams.

Rudolph checked in second behind Adam Thielen in receptions and yardage on the afternoon and extended what is now an impressive six-game stretch. Factoring in Sunday's production, the seven-year pro has at least five receptions on no less than seven targets in six consecutive games. While his yardage totals won't make or break any owner's fantasy week, the 28-year-old is one of the more dependable options at the tight end position league-wide. He'll look to keep up his production versus the Lions in a Thanksgiving Day divisional clash.

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 (foot) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Griffen missed last week's game with the injury, but was able to participate in practice all week though limited. Griffen's 10 sacks on the season are tied for third in the NFL, and he's supplemented that pass rushing with 29 total stops and two forced fumbles.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for Week 12 at Detroit
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 (calf) did not participate at the Vikings' walk-through Monday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Rhodes sat out a total of 14 defensive snaps in Sunday's victory over the Rams after injuring his calf in the first half. The Vikings could just be expressing caution with short turnaround to the Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Lions, but his practice reps Tuesday and Wednesday should provide a bit more clarity.

Injury
Calf - Questionable for Week 12 at Detroit
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 walk-through, 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.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 12 at Detroit
Mike Remmers
News
Remmers (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Remmers was only able to manage limited participation in practice this week, which will result in the Vikings holding him out for a second consecutive game. Rashod Hill will presumably make another start at right tackle in Remmers' stead.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 12 at Detroit
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 brought in four of six targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 24-7 win over the Rams.

Diggs saw fellow wideout Adam Thielen explode for a 123-yard receiving day while he had one of his quieter days of the campaign. Diggs' receiving yardage total was his third lowest of the season, as was his 8.0 YPC. The talented 23-year-old is prone to the occasional downturn in production, but he'll undoubtedly continue to be one of the top targets of whoever is behind center. He'll look to get his numbers back up against the Lions in a key Thanksgiving Day showdown.

Adam Thielen
News
Thielen brought in six of nine targets for 123 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-7 win over the Rams.

Thielen provided the highlight of the day when he took a short Case Keenum pass 65 yards to paydirt in the fourth quarter, giving the Vikings a commanding 20-7 lead. The fourth-year wideout continues to serve as Minnesota's most consistent big-play threat, and he's now posted back-to-back 100-yard receiving efforts while also logging a touchdown in three straight contests. Thielen has seen fewer than eight targets only once all season as well, rendering him one of the most dependable fantasy assets at the receiver position in any format. He'll look to play a key role once again versus the Lions in a Thanksgiving Day divisional showdown.

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 notched his fourth sack of the season in Sunday's victory over the Redskins.

Hunter added four solo tackles to go along with his sack. The 23-year-old almost had a second sack lead to a forced fumble and a touchdown, but the play was reversed upon review.

Shaan Washington
Injury
Leg - Injured Reserve
Emmanuel Lamur
News
Lamur (concussion) is not listed on the Vikings' injury report Thursday.

Lamur exited the Vikings third preseason game with concussion-like symptoms and did not play in the preseason finale against the 49ers. The 28-year-old will most likely be a depth linebacker for Mike Zimmer and the Vikings this season.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 12 at Detroit
Joe Berger
No Updates
David Morgan
News
Morgan scored a one-yard touchdown on his only reception and target in Sunday's win at Washington.

After no targets in his first seven games, Morgan has four receptions in his last two games. It's unlikely he'll be utilized much more in the passing game, but he's worth tracking for deep leagues that require two tight ends.

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) may not be able to resume his football career, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The 2013 first-round pick suffered nerve damage while having a relatively minor procedure on his knee last September. The unfortunate situation has resigned Floyd to the Non-Football Injury list all season, and he hasn't been spotted by reporters at the Vikings' team facility since summer.

Injury
Knee - Out for Week 12 at Detroit
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/hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Sendejo was unable to practice this week after suffering the injuries in the Week 10 win over the Redskins, resulting in his early departure from that contest. With Sendejo set to miss his third game of the season, Anthony Harris (hamstring) and Jayron Kearse could see expanded roles at safety.

Injury
Groin - Questionable for Week 12 at Detroit
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 will serve as the Vikings' starting center to begin 2017, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Elflein was battling Nick Easton for the starting role, but it appears the rookie third-round pick is in line to start Saturday's preseason contest, foreshadowing his role as the team's starting center.

Kai Forbath
News
Forbath converted just one of three field-goal attempts, but made all three of his extra-point tries en route to six points in Sunday's 24-7 win over the Rams.

Forbath entered Sunday's contest having made 22 of 23 field goals on the season, so his two misses were rather uncharacteristic. As it stands, his 89 points see him tied for sixth league-wide.

Cedrick Lang
No Updates
Michael Floyd
News
Floyd had two receptions for 16 yards on two targets in Sunday's 24-7 win over the Rams.

Floyd played 16 snaps on offense after playing just eight combined the previous two games. It was good to see him get off the bench, but there's little sign he'll have more than a token role in the offense as he's buried on the depth chart.

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
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer admitted that it would be difficult to remove Keenum from the starting role, Chip Scoggins of The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "It's going to be hard to yank him out of there right now," Zimmer acknowledged after Sunday's 24-7 win over the Rams.

As much as the team wants to see Teddy Bridgewater in a game, there's no way the Vikings can justify benching Keenum when he hasn't turned in a poor outing since Week 4. The team's status as a clear favorite in the NFC North and potential top-two seed means talent evaluation for the future isn't a priority. Bridgewater may still be viewed as the likely quarterback for 2017 and beyond, but he won't get a shot in a game situation unless Keenum starts to struggle or the Vikings have a meaningless Week 17 contest. Keenum figures to start in Detroit on Thanksgiving, kicking off a stretch of three straight road games against fellow NFC contenders. Thursday's game will be followed by trips to Atlanta in Week 13 and Carolina in Week 14.

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 Vikings.com 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 a fifth straight win. The team will continue to evaluate its quarterbacks on a week-to-week basis, looking at Keenum's performance on Sunday and Bridgewater's work in practice. 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 inactive for Sunday's game against the Rams, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The loss of Robison will be offset by the return of Everson Griffen after he missed one game with a foot injury.

Injury
Back - Questionable for Week 12 at Detroit
Tashawn Bower
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 one reception for 23 yards on his only target in Sunday's 24-7 win over the Rams.

Wright has had just one target in each of the last three games, even though he's been efficient with two receptions for 30 yards and a touchdown. He played just 11 snaps on offense Sunday and is unlikely to have more than a token role in the offense as Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs get almost all the targets among wide receivers.

Jerick McKinnon
News
McKinnon rushed 14 times for 48 yards and brought in five of seven targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 24-7 win over the Rams.

McKinnon's final line wasn't awful by any stretch, but he did check in significantly behind backfield Latavius Murray's 95 rushing yards. On a brighter note, his five catches were tied for second on the team, but his 2.4 YPC left much to be desired. Even though Murray has outproduced him on the ground over the last two weeks, the Vikings are still splitting rushing touches fairly evenly between the two, which when combined with McKinnon's passing game role, keeps him a viable fantasy asset. He'll look to contribute in a key Thanksgiving Day divisional clash with the Lions.

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.

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.