We are 48 hours away from game time between the Minnesota Vikings and the Houston Texans from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, and that means it's time to take a look at the final injury reports that both teams have put out. Let's take a look at both of those, starting with the visiting team as we always do.
Brown is the Texans' normal starting left tackle, but suffered a pretty bad leg injury in Week 17 of the regular season last year and has not yet played this season. Brown has told reporters that he is going to play this week, but that the team would "play it by ear" as to the number of snaps he'd get. He's a very good offensive lineman, and will give Everson Griffen and the rest of the Vikings' pass rushers issues if he's all the way back from his injury.
And now, let's move on to the home team.
Mike Zimmer said that the team would "wait and see" on Diggs, but historically during Zimmer's tenure players that haven't practiced all week don't play. It wouldn't surprise me if we saw Diggs on the inactive list on Sunday afternoon. Sirles will be the starter at right tackle in Smith's place. The team hasn't placed Smith on IR yet, as we reported earlier could happen, but Zimmer said the team would re-evaluate him next week. As it stands now, Rudolph and MyCole Pruitt are the only healthy tight ends on the roster, but the team hasn't been using as many three-TE sets lately, so that might not be as much of an issue as it would have been earlier in the season.
That's a look at the final injury reports for the Houston Texans and the Minnesota Vikings leading up to Sunday afternoon's contest in Minneapolis. We'll have more coverage of this weekend's game leading all the way up to kickoff.