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Cincinnati Bengals at Minnesota Vikings: Final Injury Reports for both teams

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Lots of names listed for both teams this week

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UPDATE: Bengals’ running back Joe Mixon has not passed the league’s concussion protocol and is officially out for Cincinnati as of Saturday morning.

It’s time for us to take a look at the injury reports for both the Minnesota Vikings and the Cincinnati Bengals going into this week’s contest at U.S. Bank Stadium, folks. Both teams have a lot of players listed on their reports this week, and both teams are going to be down some pretty significant pieces when they step on the field this Sunday.

We’ll start, as we always do, with the visiting team.

Cincinnati Bengals Injury Report

Player Position Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Sunday Status
Player Position Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Sunday Status
Vontaze Burfict LB Concussion DNP DNP DNP Out
Dre Kirkpatrick CB Concussion DNP DNP DNP Out
Kevin Minter LB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Nick Vigil LB Ankle DNP DNP DNP Out
T.J. Johnson C Pec ------ ------ FP Doubtful
Joe Mixon HB Concussion DNP LP FP Questionable
Shawn Williams S Hamstring LP DNP FP Questionable
Giovani Bernard HB Knee LP DNP FP ------
Darqueze Dennard CB Knee DNP LP FP ------
Carlos Dunlap DE Chest LP DNP FP ------
Tyler Kroft TE Hamstring DNP LP FP ------
Cedric Ogbuehi T Shoulder LP DNP FP ------
Pat Sims DT Heel LP DNP FP ------
Andre Smith T Not injury Related ------ ------ FP ------
Eric Winston T Hip ------ LP FP ------

According to our friends over at Cincy Jungle, the Bengals have actually placed Kevin Minter on the injured reserve list, so his season is done. All three of the Bengals’ starting linebackers (Minter, Vontaze Burfict, and Nick Vigil) will miss this one, which is a bad thing for a Cincinnati run defense that’s already ranked #32 in the NFL. Dre Kirkpatrick is also a pretty significant loss for the Bengals, as he’s been a solid #2 corner across from William Jackson for the Cincy defense.

Now, on to the home team.

Minnesota Vikings Injury Report

Player Position Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Sunday Status
Player Position Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Sunday Status
Mackensie Alexander CB Ribs DNP DNP DNP Out
Riley Reiff T Ankle DNP DNP LP Doubtful
Kyle Rudolph TE Ankle DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
Emmanuel Lamur LB Foot DNP LP LP Questionable
Blake Bell TE Shoulder DNP DNP IR ------
Pat Elflein C Shoulder LP LP FP ------
Linval Joseph NT Knee LP FP FP ------
Jerick McKinnon RB Shoulder LP FP FP ------
David Morgan TE Concussion LP FP FP ------
Mike Remmers T Low Back LP LP FP ------
Xavier Rhodes CB Hip DNP LP FP ------
Jermiah Sirles G Knee LP LP FP ------
Shamar Stephen NT Shoulder LP LP FP ------
Adam Thielen WR Knee LP FP FP ------

Like the Bengals, the Vikings also made a move to put a player on injured reserve after the injury reports came out, as tight end Blake Bell is now done for the 2017 season. We’ll go through the Vikings’ roster moves today in a separate post. The Vikings used the “doubtful” designation for the first time all season, using it on both Riley Reiff and Kyle Rudolph. Mike Zimmer has already stated that he doesn’t think Rudolph is going to play, but in the spirit of (Lloyd) Christmas, I guess he’s sayin’ there’s a chance. It doesn’t sound like Reiff will play, so Rashod Hill will be getting another start. However, he’ll be starting at left tackle, as Mike Remmers is finally back from his injuries and will start at his right tackle spot. Pat Elflein looks as though he’s going to be back at center as well.

That’s a look at the fairly lengthy injury reports for both the Minnesota Vikings and the Cincinnati Bengals going into this weekend’s contest. Both teams are sort of banged up, but it looks like the Bengals are more the worse for wear going into this one.