Because they have to, the Minnesota Vikings started preparing today for their Week 8 matchup at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers had a field day against the Vikings’ defense in Week 1 when they were relatively healthy, and going into this one they are. . .not relatively healthy.
Here’s the full injury report for the Vikings:
Did Not Participate
- CB Holton Hill (foot)
- CB Mike Hughes (neck)
- CB Kris Boyd (hamstring/back)
- RB Dalvin Cook (groin)
- S Anthony Harris (wrist)
- G Dru Samia (wrist)
- WR Adam Thielen (shoulder)
This does not include cornerback Cameron Dantzler, who was placed on the COVID-19 list earlier today.
So, if you’re scoring at home, four of the Vikings’ top five corners. . .at least as far as we can tell. . .are limited in practice or worse. The Vikings have two rookies that are healthy in Jeff Gladney and Harrison Hand and, after that, they’ve got a bunch of guys that they’ve literally just signed over the past few days and/or brought up from the practice squad.
Should be fun! But at least Dalvin Cook is back. Sort of. For now.
Here’s the Packers’ injury report for Wednesday:
Did Not Participate
- K Mason Crosby (left calf/back)
- RB Aaron Jones (calf)
- CB Kevin King (quad)
- OT David Bakhtiari (chest)
- LB Krys Barnes (shoulder/biceps)
- LS Hunter Bradley (groin)
- RB Tyler Ervin (wrist)
- LB Rashan Gary (ankle)
- S Raven Greene (oblique)
- DT Tyler Lancaster (shoulder)
- TE Marcedes Lewis (knee)
- TE John Lovett (knee)
- LB Kamal Martin (knee)
- S Darnell Savage (knee)
- LB Preston Smith (shoulder)
- LB Za’Darius Smith (ankle)
- WR Equanimeous St. Brown (knee)
- TE Robert Tonyan (ankle/knee)
- CB Jaire Alexander (hand/knee)
The Packers have listed about half the roster on their injury report, though the Vikings could catch a bit of a break if Jones doesn’t play. Then again, it doesn’t seem as if the Packers are going to have to run the ball much on Sunday given the situation with the Vikings’ secondary.
So, that’s the first injury report of the week, folks. Will it get any better? Probably not, but we’ll keep checking back on it anyway.