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It's another Friday in the National Football League. . .or, as we refer to it, injury report day. Both the Minnesota Vikings and the Oakland Raiders have released their final injury reports for this weekend's contest in Oakland, so let's go ahead and take a look at both of those. We'll start, as we always do, with the visiting team.
Zimmer has been saying in post-practice interviews all week that he was expecting both Barr and Kendricks to play this week, but Kendricks being listed as "doubtful" might put an end to that. By the letter of NFL rules, "doubtful" means that a player has a 25% chance of playing, but in most situations it means that a player is sitting out. Zimmer has also said that Bridgewater has not fully passed the league's concussion protocol, but that he has "no doubt" that Bridgewater will start for the Vikings this Sunday. Barr might end up playing with some sort of soft cast, according to reports.
Barr, Kendricks, Sherels, and Trattou were all limited participants in Friday's practice. Everyone else listed on the injury report for the Vikings was a full participant in the Friday session.
And now, on to the home team.
The big one here for the Raiders is Hudson. He's been graded as the NFL's best center by Pro Football Focus so far this season, and has been the cornerstone of an Oakland offensive line that has performed very well this season. If he's out, the Raiders will start Tony Bergstrom at center. Bergstrom, despite being drafted in 2013, had not seen any regular season action until Hudson got injured last week. If Hudson can't go, it would do wonders for the "A"-gap blitzes that the Vikings like to employ. None of the other potential injury issues for the Raiders appear to be all that serious. All of their players listed were full participants in Friday's practice except for Ball and Hudson, who did not practice at all.
And that's a look at the injury reports for both the Minnesota Vikings and the Oakland Raiders going into this weekend's contest.