Since it's officially NFL kickoff eve. . .eve. . .that means we're right around 48 hours away from seeing the Minnesota Vikings do battle with the Tennessee Titans in Nashville to get the regular season underway for both teams. That also means that it's time to look at the official injury reports for both sides. This season, we're going to include the practice status throughout the week for the players on the injury report so that everyone can get a fuller picture of why players might be sitting out or iffy for a particular game.
As always, we're going to start with the road team.
As we mentioned a while back, there is no longer a classification for "Probable" on the injury report. So, even though Ellison, Harris, Kalil, and Rhodes might have been listed and/or been limited in practice earlier in the week, the extent of their injuries apparently doesn't merit them being listed as "questionable" or worse on the injury report, so it's safe to assume they'll be full go for Sunday.
Easton being out would mean, presumably, that Zac Kerin is the backup center in case something happens to Joe Berger. Pruitt being out means that the Vikings' three tight end sets will consist of Kyle Rudolph, Ellison, and rookie David Morgan. Head coach Mike Zimmer said in practice that McKinnon should be ready for Sunday. No word on Charles Johnson's status one way or another at this point.
And now, on to the home side. Don't blink, or you might miss this one.
The Titans declared Wright to be out of this one back on Wednesday or Thursday. Yes, that's it. . .that's the Titans entire injury list. They didn't even have anyone on there prior to today listed as being a limited participant in practice or not practicing. They're pretty much as healthy as a team can be right now.
That's a look at all the bumps and bruises for each team going into the 2016 NFL regular season opener, ladies and gentlemen. We'll have more coverage of this weekend's game as we get closer to kickoff.