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Carolina Panthers At Minnesota Vikings: Final Injury Reports

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I know that we generally get to these on Fridays, but given the circumstances, I'm hoping you'll forgive us if we didn't really cover a whole lot else yesterday. We'll get caught up on everything here before Sunday's game.

It's time to take a look at the injury reports for this weekend's action. As we always do, we'll start with the visitors, that being the Carolina Panthers.

Name Position Injury Sunday Status
D.J. Moore CB Knee Out
Kenjon Barner RB Foot Doubtful
Dwan Edwards DT Hamstring Doubtful
Robert Lester S Hamstring Doubtful
Colin Cole DT Shoulder Probable
Quintin Mikell S Ankle Probable
Greg Olsen TE Foot Probable

Doesn't appear to be a whole lot of excitement on the Carolina injury report. Lester has started the last two games for the Panthers at safety, but will likely be replaced by Mikell. And is it just me, or has Colin Cole been in the NFL for about fifteen seasons? (I'm guessing it's not that many, but it seems like the guy has been around forever.)

And now, on to the home team, your Minnesota Vikings.

Name Position Injury Sunday Status
Rhett Ellison TE Knee Questionable
Blair Walsh K Hamstring Questionable
Chris Cook CB Groin Probable
Adrian Peterson RB Non-Injury Probable
Christian Ponder QB Rib Probable
Jamarca Sanford S Hamstring Probable
Joe Webb WR Illness Probable
Kevin Williams DT Knee Probable

Peterson is listed on the injury report solely because the league mandates that any player that misses a practice during the week has to be listed.

The big one here is, obviously, Blair Walsh. He "tweaked" a hamstring during practice over the course of the week, and has been resting it since. Now, if something happens to him during the game, we know that Jeff Locke can handle kickoffs, but I don't know what the team would intend to do on extra points or, heaven help us, field goal attempts. I assume it would be Locke, at which point you have two issues. . .a) is Locke actually any good at it and b) who holds, since I assume Locke can't hold for himself. There haven't been any reports of the team bringing any kickers in to this point, so they must assume that Walsh is good to go. Hopefully they're not gambling too much.

I would assume that Sanford will resume his starting role at safety, and Cook will take his at corner. Haven't gotten a lot of updates on Ellison's injury, so we'll have to keep an eye on that one.

And those are your injury reports for Sunday afternoon's contest, ladies and gentlemen.