Where We Actually. . .Get This. . .Talk About Today's Game Against Detroit

I have to start here by giving a pretty massive apology to the good folks over at Pride of Detroit.  With all the StarCaps news and the stuff about the Williams Wall that's come out this week, I've managed to pretty much ignore this afternoon's contest.  I'll make up for as much of that as I can in this post here.

Let's start out by looking at the injury reports for both teams for today's game, and then we'll get into a few other things.  We'll start with the injury report for the Beloved Purple.


Minnesota Vikings Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kevin Williams legal/disciplinary 12.5.2008
Pat Williams legal/disciplinary 12.5.2008
Jared Allen shoulder 12.5.2008
Bryant McKinnie ankle 12.5.2008
Darren Sharper ankle 12.5.2008
Madieu Williams shoulder 12.5.2008
Letroy Guion ankle 12.5.2008

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Artis Hicks elbow 12.5.2008
Garrett Mills ankle 12.5.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
E.J. Henderson foot/toes 10.6.2008
Heath Farwell knee 8.11.2008
Kenderick Allen wrist 8.19.2008
Drew Radovich shoulder 10.13.2008
Jayme Mitchell knee 8.11.2008
Michael Boulware wrist 8.30.2008
Charles Gordon ankle 11.13.2008

This is one of Minnesota's longer injury reports of the year.  And it should be longer, because this particular report doesn't contain the name of DE Brian Robison.  Robison had arthroscopic knee surgery earlier in the week and will be out for a couple weeks.

Of the remaining players on the injury list, Hicks and Mills both had limited participation in Friday's practice, and I wouldn't be surprised to see both of them inactive this afternoon.  This would mean another start for Ryan Cook at right tackle, which would be his second in a row after getting benched just prior to the Jacksonville game.

The rest of the players shown on the injury report had full participation in Friday's practice, according to NFL.com.

Now, on to the Lions' injury report:


Detroit Lions Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Cory Redding knee 12.5.2008
Stephen Peterman knee 12.5.2008
Kevin Smith ankle 12.5.2008

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Keith Smith groin 12.5.2008
Chuck Darby calf 12.5.2008
Shaun McDonald ankle 12.5.2008
Andre Fluellen back 12.5.2008
Drew Stanton concussion 12.5.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jon Bradley shoulder 8.19.2008
Mike Furrey concussion 12.1.2008
Stanley Wilson Achilles 8.11.2008
Teddy Lehman hamstring 8.10.2008
Dan Campbell hamstring 9.9.2008
Jared DeVries hand 11.24.2008
Jon Kitna back 10.14.2008
Gerald Alexander neck 10.13.2008
Brian Calhoun undisclosed 8.30.2008
Reggie Ball knee 7.26.2008

There are three players for the Lions that NFL.com has listed as "Out" that don't appear on the report above.  Those players are LB Alex Lewis, DE Dewayne White, and QB Dan Orlovsky.  QB Drew Stanton is also unlikely to play, which means that journeyman Drew Henson will be the primary backup to Daunte Culpepper this afternoon for the Motor City Kitties.

Of the remaining players on Detroit's injury report, Peterman and Redding are both listed as having full participation in Friday's practice (as is Stanton, but he's already been ruled out), while the remaining players were all limited in their participation.

One name that you didn't see on the Vikings' injury report. . .and won't be seeing there for the rest of the year. . .is WR Robert Ferguson.  The Vikings cut the former Packer a couple of days ago in order to make room for their newest signing.  That newest signing?  That would be defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy.

Yes, the same Jimmy Kennedy that many people were angry that the Vikings passed over for Kevin Williams in the 2003 draft. . .and I'll admit to being one of those people at first.  But while Kevin Williams has gone on to become the best all-around defensive tackle in the National Football League, Kennedy has been a pretty massive flop.  (And at 6'4" and 320 pounds, "massive" is a pretty accurate description.)  By signing with the Vikings, he's already up to his fourth NFL team, having been drafted by the St. Louis Rams, then moving on to Chicago and finally to Jacksonville, who had released him after their game against Minnesota a couple of weeks ago.

Kennedy is kind of intriguing. . .he's big, and someone obviously thought that he had talent at some point in time.  If anyone can get anything out of the guy, it would be Vikings' DL coach Karl Dunbar.  With the Williams Wall being intact for this week's game, I'm not sure how many snaps he'll actually see. . .heck, I'm not even sure what number he's going to be wearing. . .but hopefully he can get some work in at some point this afternoon.

I'll get a post about what this game means for the Vikings in the playoff standings here shortly.  The game thread, as per usual, will be going up right around 10:00 AM Central time.  Keep it tuned right here, ladies and gentlemen!

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