Because the Minnesota Vikings don’t take the field until Monday night, they won’t have their final injury report out until tomorrow afternoon. However, given the rash of injuries the team dealt with last season, the limited number of names on the injury report so far is a pretty welcome sight.
In Friday’s practice session, every member of the 53-man roster was able to take part in practice in at least a limited capacity. Only three players were even limited: offensive lineman Danny Isidora (knee), cornerback Tramaine Brock (groin), and defensive end Brian Robison (groin). Isidora had sat out of Thursday’s practice session, but was able to take part in at least some of Friday’s practice. Marcus Sherels (foot) and Anthony Harris (quad) are also both listed on the injury report, but both of them have been full participants in both of the last two practices.
Contrast that with the way the team started last season, when going into their opener against the Tennessee Titans, the team had eight players listed on the injury report and had already declared two of them to be out for the season opener. The team does appear to be fairly healthy going into this year’s first game, though the Robison injury is a bit concerning. The longest-tenured Viking didn’t play at all in the preseason, and though he’s going to be ceding his starting job to Danielle Hunter, Robison was still expected to play an important role in the Vikings’ defense this season as a reserve.
Again, we’ll have the final injury reports for both the Vikings and their opponents, the New Orleans Saints, when they are released tomorrow.