With the bye week firmly in the rear view mirror, the Minnesota Vikings started practicing for their big Sunday Night Football matchup against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night at Soldier Field, and there were signs both encouraging and worrisome.
On the positive side, wide receiver Stefon Diggs was a full participant in practice after missing the Vikings’ last game before the bye against the Detroit Lions. Diggs has said that he fully intends to play on Sunday night, and he appears to be on track to do just that.
Now that we’ve gotten all the positive stuff out of the way, let’s move on to the bad stuff.
After missing multiple games before the bye week and having the entire bye week to heal up, both linebacker Anthony Barr and safety Andrew Sendejo were non-participants in Wednesday’s practice. Barr has been battling a hamstring injury, while Sendejo has had a groin issue for several weeks. If the Vikings were hoping to get either or both of those men back after the bye week, it doesn’t appear that either of them are off to a promising start.
The only other non-participant on Wednesday was tight end David Morgan, who is expected to miss a few games with a knee injury he suffered against Detroit.
Wide receiver Adam Thielen, who I don’t believe has appeared on a Vikings’ injury report at any point this season, was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. The injury is listed as a “low back/calf” injury, and I would have to go back and look to see if Thielen had any issues during the Lions’ game or not. Nothing immediately comes to mind, but it’s possible that I just missed it.
Here is the full breakdown of the Vikings’ Wednesday injury report:
Full participation: WR Stefon Diggs (rib), DT Linval Joseph (ankle/shoulder)
Limited participation: G Tom Compton (knee), G Mike Remmers (low back), CB Xavier Rhodes (foot), WR Adam Thielen (low back/calf)
Did not practice: LB Anthony Barr (hamstring), TE David Morgan (knee), S Andrew Sendejo (groin)
There are a lot of injury situations that we will be keeping an eye on over the next couple of days, and if we get more news on any of them we will bring them to you here as soon as we can.