We will have the full injury reports for the Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals leading up to Sunday’s contest later today, but we’ve already gotten one significant piece of news on that front.
While talking with the media on Friday, Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer declared that starting left tackle Riley Reiff would not play on Sunday against the Cardinals.
Reiff has been battling a foot injury for several weeks now, and left the Vikings’ victory over the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday early in the second quarter. The injury is now, apparently, to the point where the team has decided that he needs at least a week off to rest.
In light of this, the most likely offensive line configuration for the Vikings will be the one that we saw after Reiff departed last week’s game. Rashod Hill, who normally starts at right tackle, will flip over to the left side. That means that rookie Brian O’Neill, the team’s second round pick in April’s NFL Draft, is in line to get his first ever NFL start at right tackle.
Again, we will have the full injury reports for both sides when they are officially released. However, this piece of news is important enough to have it’s own story on here.