It’s injury report day again in the National Football League, ladies and gentlemen, and the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers have both released their final injury reports in advance of this Sunday’s matchup in Carolina. Let’s take a look at how things shake out for both team, starting with the visitors as we always do.
Minnesota Vikings Injury Report
|Mike Remmers||T||Low Back||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
Mike Remmers will miss his fifth consecutive game with his second different injury. He missed three games following a concussion, and this is the second straight game that a bad back will keep him out for. Rashod Hill will once again start at right tackle on Sunday. David Morgan had reportedly cleared the concussion protocol the other day, but missed practice again on Friday and will not play on Sunday. Pat Elflein practiced all week, and it sounds like he’s going to play. If he can’t go, the Vikings would move one of their guards (whether it be Joe Berger or Nick Easton) to center, and presumably Jeremiah Sirles would slot in at whichever guard spot had been vacated by that switch. No other Vikings were given injury designations on this week’s report.
Now, we move on to the home team.
Carolina Panthers Injury Report
|Cam Newton||QB||Right Shoulder||LP||LP||FP||------|
The Panthers have quite a few players listed as questionable on their injury report. Perhaps the most notable is center Ryan Kalil. . .aka “the good one”. . .who has missed a significant amount of time recently. He says that he expects to start, which is a good sign for the Panthers given that Tyler Larsen has been Kalil’s replacement. Larsen didn’t practice all week and is also listed as questionable. Greg Olsen attempted to come back from a foot injury in Week 12, but wound up re-aggravating the injury and missed the Panthers’ game in Week 13. He expects to play on Sunday as well. Devin Funchess has served as the Panthers’ #1 wide receiver since the Kelvin Benjamin trade, but he did not practice on Friday. We’ll have to see how that plays out for the Panthers.
That’s a look at the final injury reports for Minnesota and Carolina going into this week’s game in Charlotte, folks. If any other news breaks about this one, we’ll have it here for you as soon as possible.