Prior to their game on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams, the Minnesota Vikings have only declared one player as out of action (not counting defensive end Everson Griffen, whose situation has already been well-documented), but they have plenty of other questions.
Cornerback and punt returner Marcus Sherels will miss his second straight game with a rib injury, as the team has already declared him as “Out” for Thursday’s game. Mike Hughes will once again handle punt return duties in Sherels’ absence.
The two biggest names on the list for the Vikings are running back Dalvin Cook and left tackle Riley Reiff, both of whom the Vikings have listed as “questionable” for tomorrow night. Cook missed the game against Buffalo with his hamstring issue, and was limited in practice on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Reiff, on the other hand, has not practiced all week with a foot issue, and for much of the Mike Zimmer regime the rule has been that if you don’t get into the last practice before a game, you don’t play. If Reiff has to sit out, we’re going to have to see how the Vikings will configure an offensive line that’s already had its issues.
Also listed as “questionable” on the injury report for the Vikings are defensive tackle Tom Johnson (ankle) and safety Anthony Harris (hamstring). Harris was limited all week, while Johnson was added to the injury report on Tuesday and has been limited as well.
The full Vikings’ injury report for Thursday night is below. We’ll have the Rams’ injury report here shortly.
Minnesota Vikings injury report vs Los Angeles Rams
|Everson Griffen||DE||Not Injury Related||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
* - The Vikings did not actually practice on Monday, but this is what the Vikings estimate the injury report would have looked like if they had.