Following their practice on Thursday afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings added a couple more names to their injury report. . .one of whom was quite the surprise and another for whom this is, sadly, appearing to become the norm.
In news that has no doubt caused the pucker factor to increase throughout Vikings’ territory, defensive end Danielle Hunter did not practice on Thursday, and he was listed with a groin injury. When asked about Hunter’s status, head coach Mike Zimmer stated that missing practice on Thursday was “part of the plan”. . .whatever that plan might be. . .and that he wasn’t concerned about being thin on the defensive line on Sunday against the New York Jets.
In addition, practice squad defensive end Jonathan Wynn did not practice on Thursday, either. Tashawn Bower was once again a full participant after missing two games with an injury.
Offensive tackle Riley Reiff, safety Andrew Sendejo, and defensive tackle Linval Joseph each sat out their second consecutive practices, and they’re getting into dangerous territory as to whether or not they’ll be able to go on Sunday having not practiced all week.
In other news, running back Dalvin Cook was out of Thursday’s practice after being a full participant on Wednesday. Nobody knows for sure what’s going on with Cook’s hamstring. . .and, apparently, that includes Cook. . .but we’ll once again be waiting to see whether or not he plays on Sunday, and he may again be a game-time decision.
The Vikings and Jets will both release their final injury reports tomorrow afternoon, and the purple now have plenty of situations that are worth monitoring as we wait for that to come down.