It's injury report day in the National Football League, ladies and gentlemen, and both the Minnesota Vikings and the Indianapolis Colts have released their final reports leading into this Sunday's contest. As always, we'll take a quick look at both sides of things, starting with the visiting team.
The Colts have a fairly long and impressive injury report. They have almost as many players listed on their injury report as the Vikings have on theirs. They do have some significant ones as well.
- Good and Reitz are the starting right side of the Colts' offensive line, and both of them are out on Sunday. This means that the Colts could, potentially, be starting three rookies on the offensive line on Sunday with center Ryan Kelly, tackle Le'Raven Clark, and utility man Joe Haeg.
- Moncrief is a significant loss for the Colts as well, as he's their #2 wide receiver behind the explosive T.Y. Hilton. Phillip Dorsett will serve as the second receiver for Indianapolis, which our friends at Stampede Blue declare to be "not a great situation."
- The Colts had a few veteran players, including tackle Mike Adams, cornerback Vontae Davis, and running back Frank Gore, that got "veteran days off" on Wednesday. They were not included on the Colts' final injury report.
And now, on to the home team.
As has been the case for most of the season, the Vikings have some key names on the injury report.
- The rumors of Smith coming back this week appear to have been pretty premature, but it might be something to keep an eye on for next week in Green Bay.
- With Fusco being out with his concussion, it's unclear how the Vikings are going to handle the offensive line. Zac Kerin replaced Fusco against Jacksonville and played well, and that could be an option on Sunday. The team could also slot the returning Joe Berger in at Fusco's right guard spot and keep Nick Easton at center. We don't know for sure how it's going to go yet, but the Vikings will be starting their seventh different o-line combination in fourteen games. That's bad.
- MARCUS SHERELS IS (apparently) BACK! He was limited earlier in the week, but practiced in full on Friday and was not given an injury designation. With all due respect to Adam Thielen, it will be nice to see #35 go back to return punts on Sunday.
- Waynes being out means that Xavier Rhodes, Terence Newman, and Captain Munnerlyn are going to have to do the heavy lifting in the secondary on Sunday.
- Running back Adrian Peterson is not listed on the report, as the team has not yet officially made a move to add him to the 53-man roster. They will have to make a move at some point to make room for him.
That's a look at the injury reports for both the Vikings and the Colts, ladies and gentlemen. We'll have more on this one over the next couple of days leading up to kickoff.