The Minnesota Vikings are playing out the string, and this week, they'll do it without the best running back in the NFL. Adrian Peterson came up lame with a high ankle sprain, and he'll be on the sidelines when his team takes on the Atlanta Falcons. Toby Gerhart will take on Atlanta's underrated front four and one of the best run defenses in the game, and he'll do it with a depleted offensive line.
In other early news, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb is out with a toe injury again, leaving John Skelton to try and rebound from last Sunday's dismal performance against the San Francisco 49ers, and making us wonder just how excited the Cards are to get Kolb back in the first place. The St. Louis Rams should provide an easier mark for Skelton. Michael Vick is out against the Patriots, and New England's Chad Ochocinco is out for the first time this season. As we detailed earlier this morning, Ocho's injury should be a bigger deal than it actually is.
Here are all the early inactives; thanks as always to Brian McIntyre of Mac's Football Blog for the quick work!
Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons
Minnesota: RB Adrian Peterson, TE Kyle Rudolph, T DeMarcus Love, G Anthony Herrera, DE D'Aundre Reed, CB Chris Cook, S Husain Abdullah
Atlanta: T Kirk Chambers, C Brett Romberg, DT Carlton Powell, DE Cliff Matthews, LB Spencer Adkins, CB Darrin Walls, CB Kelvin Hayden
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland: QB Thaddeus Lewis, FB Owen Marecic, T Oniel Cousins, C/G Steve Vallos, DE Jayme Mitchell, LB Quinton Spears, S T.J. Ward
Cincinnati: RB Ryan Whalen, TE Donald Lee, T Anthony Collins, G Clint Boling, DE Carlos Dunlap, LB Dontay Moch, S Robert Sanders
Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts
Carolina: QB Jimmy Clausen, WR Darvin Adams, T Lee Ziemba, DT Frank Kearse, LB Omar Gaither, LB Jason Phillips, CB Brandon Hogan,
Indianapolis: QB Peyton Manning, TE Dallas Clark, TE Brody Eldridge, G/T Joe Reitz, DT Drake Nevis, DE Mario Addison
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Houston: QB Kellen Clemens, FB Lawrence Vickers, TE Garrett Graham, T Andrew Gardner, G Thomas Austin, DE Tim Bulman, CB Brandon Harris
Jacksonville: QB Dan LeFevour, WR Brian Robiskie, TE Fendi Onobun, C/G John Estes, DE Aaron Kampman, DT Terrance Knighton, DE Matt Roth
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
Buffalo: WR Naaman Roosevelt, WR Derek Hagan, T Demetrius Bell, NT Torell Troup, DE Kyle Moore, S George Wilson, K Rian Lindell
NY Jets: QB Kevin O'Connell, RB LaDainian Tomlinson, WR Jeremy Kerley, T Austin Howard, DL Martin Tevaseu, DL Kenrick Ellis, CB Ellis Lankster
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams
Arizona: QB Kevin Kolb, FB Reagan Maui'a, WR Stephen Williams, TE Rob Housler, T D'Anthony Batiste LB Joey Porter, S Kerry Rhodes
St. Louis: RB Cadillac Williams, WR Danario Alexander, T Mark LeVoir, G Bryan Mattison, DT Justin Bannan, LB Josh Hull, LB Ben Leber
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans
Tampa Bay: WR Michael Spurlock, T James Lee, G Derek Hardman, DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, DE Michael Bennett, LB Zac Diles, CB Anthony Gaitor
Tennessee: QB Rusty Smith, RB Jamie Harper, WR Donnie Avery, T David Stewart, C/G Kevin Matthews, DT Zach Clayton, LB Barrett Ruud