DSince this week's game for the Minnesota Vikings will take place on Monday Night Football, today is the day that both they and their opponents, the Chicago Bears, are releasing their final injury reports. We've finally gotten a hold of those reports for both teams, so let's take a look at them now. Remember, when looking at these reports, DNP = Did Not Practice, LP = Limited Participation, and FP = Full Participation.
We start, as always, with the visiting team.
With McKinnon being out for this one, it would appear that Matt Asiata will be getting the start at running back for the Vikings, with Ronnie Hillman likely getting much more into the mix as well. Patterson still has not officially passed the NFL's concussion protocol, according to Mike Zimmer, but Zimmer said he expects Patterson to play on Monday. Sherels is going to be an interesting case. . .generally players that don't practice at all during the week haven't played on game days under Mike Zimmer, but Sherels is only listed as "questionable" at this point, denoting a 50/50 chance that he'll play. I believe that Adam Thielen is the backup punt returner, but that could change given his increased role in the Minnesota offense. With Sendejo out for this one, it appears that seventh-round pick Jayron Kearse is in line to get his first NFL start next to Harrison Smith at safety.
And now, let's take a look at our hosts for this one.
|Deiondre Hall||CB||Ankle||DNP||DNP||DNP||-- (?)|
Long and Goldman are both pretty significant hits for the Bears on each side of the ball. Long is easily the Bears' best offensive lineman, and Goldman has done a pretty good job in the middle of Chicago's defensive line. The Bears have quite a few players liusted as questionable, as you can see on the report, and it will be interesting to see who they end up deactivating on Monday night. I'm not sure why Hall wasn't given some sort of designation after not practicing all week, but that's just from me not being totally up on the Bears' injury situation.
There are a whole lot of players with bumps and bruises going into this Halloween night matchup, folks. As we get closer to kickoff, we can talk a bit about how those might affect the contest. We'll have that and a lot more coverage of the Monday Night Football contest leading up to kickoff.