Heading into their Monday Night Football matchup against the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings have released their final injury report, and there is one mild surprise. . .a positive one, actually.
Here is the complete final report:
- RB Dalvin Cook (chest)
- RB Alexander Mattison (ankle)
Not given injury designation
- DT Linval Joseph (knee)
- S Jayron Kearse (toe)
- CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle)
- DT Shamar Stephen (knee)
Cook did not practice again on Saturday, and I think we all anticipated him being listed as out for this one.
Mattison did go through some drills on Saturday and was limited in practice overall. He’s dealing with a high ankle sprain, and his status may ride on whether or not the Vikings have a playoff spot locked up by the time they take the field on Monday night. If the Los Angeles Rams lose on Saturday night and the Vikings are assured of a spot in the postseason, it wouldn’t be surprising to see both Mattison and Cook sit out of this game and the regular season finale against Chicago to allow them to heal up. Mattison might still be a scratch for Monday anyway, but he would definitely be a scratch if the Vikings were no longer worried about securing a playoff spot.
We’ll have to see if the Vikings make a move to bring running back Tony Brooks-James up from the practice squad in the next 24 hours or so. Right now, the Vikings have Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah on the running back depth chart, as well as fullback C.J. Ham.
Everyone outside of Cook and Mattison was a full participant in Saturday’s practice. So, aside from the running back position, the Vikings are about as healthy a team as you could hope for 16 weeks into the season.