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Vikings Friday injury report: Mackensie Alexander OUT vs Saints

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The secondary is in a world of hurt

NFL: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve already talked briefly today about the Minnesota Vikings placing cornerback Mike Hughes on injured reserve, but a brief look at the final injury report going into Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints shows even more trouble for the Minnesota secondary.

Here is the full report for the purple:

Out

  • CB Mackensie Alexander (knee)

Questionable

  • DE Ifeadi Odenigbo (hamstring)

Not given injury designation

  • RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder)
  • S Jayron Kearse (foot)
  • LB Eric Kendricks (quad)
  • RB Alexander Mattison (ankle)
  • CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle)
  • S Andrew Sendejo (illness)
  • DT Shamar Stephen (knee)
  • DE Stephen Weatherly (illness)

Yes, the Vikings will not only be without Hughes, but they’ll also be without Alexander. Alexander had been listed with a knee injury prior to the regular season finale against Chicago and, for some reason, played 50 of the 75 snaps on defense. That’s not looking like such a wise decision now, and it means that the Vikings’ secondary is in a whole lot of trouble against a team you probably don’t want to have secondary issues against.

On the bright side. . .such as it is. . .Eric Kendricks appears to be a go after dealing with his quad injury. The Vikings are certainly going to need his presence on Sunday afternoon. Neither Dalvin Cook nor Alexander Mattison were given an injury designation, and both Andrew Sendejo and Stephen Weatherly appear to be over whatever illness they were dealing with earlier in the week.

That’s your final injury report of Wild Card Week, folks. We’ll be tracking some more stories here as we get closer to kickoff.