The Minnesota Vikings were hoping to get cornerback Xavier Rhodes back into the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. He missed last week’s game against New Orleans after suffering an ankle injury against the New York Jets, and was limited in practice all week.
However, apparently not all “limited” practices are created equal, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.
From @gmfb: Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes tweaked his ankle yesterday, so his status for tomorrow vs. the #Lions is truly questionable. pic.twitter.com/57WTCpQpGp— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 3, 2018
According to Garafolo, Rhodes “tweaked” his ankle in Friday’s practice and had to leave practice early. This means that while Rhodes has been listed as “questionable” on this week’s injury report, there’s a larger shadow being cast over his potential availability for Sunday’s divisional matchup.
Even after trading Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this week, the Lions still have a pretty formidable pair of wide receivers in Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay. Having Rhodes back in the secondary would be a positive sign for the Vikings, but we don’t know at this point how limited he might be even if he’s active.
We’ll keep an eye on this situation, and if there are any further clarifications or updates, we will have them here for you.