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Vikings Much Healthier than Giants Going Into Season Finale

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The Vikings, compared to many other NFL teams, haven't had a lot in the way of injuries this season.  They dealt with the foot injury to Antoine Winfield for about two months, and had the season-ending injury to linebacker E.J. Henderson, but other than that the Vikings have remained fairly healthy during the 2009 season.  On the other hand, some teams have had to deal with numerous injuries to key personnel.  Few teams exemplify that like Minnesota's opponents on Sunday, the New York Giants.

Here is the Giants' injury report:


New York Giants Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Eli Manning foot 01/01/2010
Fred Robbins leg 01/01/2010
Hakeem Nicks hamstring 01/01/2010

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Rich Seubert knee 01/01/2010
Justin Tuck knee 01/01/2010
Ahmad Bradshaw ankle 01/01/2010
Mario Manningham shoulder 01/01/2010

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brandon Jacobs knee 12/31/2009
Darcy Johnson shoulder 12/23/2009
Antonio Pierce neck 11/30/2009
Gerris Wilkinson wrist 11/11/2009
Jay Alford knee 09/05/2009
Aaron Ross hamstring 12/31/2009
Kenny Phillips knee 09/24/2009
Andre Brown achilles-tendon 09/01/2009

Jacobs is their starting running back, Phillips is one of their starting safeties, Ross is one of their starting CBs, Pierce was their starting middle linebacker.  Those four players are all on injured reserve.  In addition, NFL.com is showing Corey Webster, the Giants' other starting corner, as out, as well as defensive tackle Chris Canty and starting offensive tackle Kareem McKenzie.  All of the other injuries are accurate as shown above when compared to the NFL.com report.

Compare that to Minnesota's injury report:


Minnesota Vikings Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Steve Hutchinson shoulder 01/01/2010
Antoine Winfield foot 01/01/2010
Eric Frampton ankle 01/01/2010
John Sullivan knee 01/01/2010

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Visanthe Shiancoe thigh 01/01/2010
Pat Williams elbow 01/01/2010

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
E.J. Henderson fibula 12/09/2009


The only difference between this report and the one from NFL.com is that DT Jimmy Kennedy is listed as being out for Sunday's game.  There have been rumors floating around that the Vikings are going to move Antoine Winfield inside and give Benny Sapp the start at corner, as Winfield might not be all the way back from his foot injury yet (as evidenced by his performances against Carolina and Chicago).

The Giants are going to have a lot of back-ups on the field tomorrow afternoon, but as we saw last week, that's no guarantee that the Vikings are simply going to roll them over.  The Vikings simply need to perform the way they've performed at the Metrodome all season, where they've yet to be held under 27 points by any opponent.  If they can do that, then they'll be in position to sneak back into that #2 seed if things work out the way we want them to.