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Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints: Final injury reports

Five players ruled out for the Vikings

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The final injury reports for both the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints are out in anticipation of tomorrow’s Christmas Day matchup in New Orleans. Let’s take a look at the reports for both sides, starting with the visiting team, as that’s how we generally do it.

Minnesota Vikings Week 16 Injury Report

Player Position Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Sunday Status
Player Position Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Sunday Status
Troy Dye LB Concussion/Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Jalyn Holmes DE Groin DNP DNP DNP Out
Eric Kendricks LB Calf DNP DNP DNP Out
Alexander Mattison RB Concussion DNP DNP DNP Out
Kyle Rudolph TE Ankle DNP DNP DNP Out
Todd Davis LB Ribs DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
C.J. Ham FB Quad DNP DNP LP Questionable
Armon Watts DT Ankle DNP LP LP Questionable
Cameron Dantzler CB Foot LP LP FP --
Jaleel Johnson DT Knee LP LP FP --
Hercules Mata'afa DL Low Back LP LP FP --
Ifeadi Odenigbo DE Ankle LP LP FP --

Yes, the Vikings have already ruled five players out of tomorrow’s game, and have another listed as doubtful in linebacker Todd Davis. With Davis, Troy Dye, and Eric Kendricks likely out for Friday, the linebacking corps consists of Eric Wilson, Ryan Connelly, Blake Lynch, and Hardy Nickerson (from the practice squad). That’s. . .rough. To put it mildly.

Now, on to the home team.

New Orleans Saints Week 16 Injury Report

Player Position Injury Thursday Friday Saturday Monday Status
Player Position Injury Thursday Friday Saturday Monday Status
Nick Easton OL Concussion DNP DNP DNP Out
Tre'Quan Smith WR Ankle DNP DNP DNP Out
Marcus Williams S Ankle DNP DNP DNP Out
Malcolm Brown DT Calf LP LP LP Questionable
Trey Hendrickson DE Neck LP LP DNP Questionable
Andrus Peat G Ankle DNP LP DNP Questionable
Carl Granderson DE Neck LP LP FP --

Nobody of any significance will be missing this one for New Orleans, from the looks of it, save for 2017 NFC Divisional Round hero Marcus Williams. It looks like the Saints are about as healthy as they can get going into this one.

Those are your final injury reports for the second-to-last game of the regular season, folks. The Vikings are going to be short-handed going into this one, particularly on defense, but maybe they’ll be able to overcome that.