Final Saints-Vikings injury report rules out LB Eric Kendricks, WR Tre’Quan Smith

John Sigler
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Neither the New Orleans Saints nor the Minnesota Vikings will take the field playing at full strength in Week 16’s matchup on Christmas Day. Both squads filed their final injury reports on Thursday before Friday’s kickoff, with the Vikings ruling out several key players — including star linebacker Eric Kendricks (calf). Tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot), who pushed the Saints out of the playoffs last season with his last-second touchdown grab, is also not playing.

Meanwhile, the Saints’ already-thin receiving corps will be without Tre’Quan Smith (ankle), the fourth-year pro who leads the position group in snaps played (673). Free safety Marcus Williams (ankle) has also been ruled out. Smith could be on the mend for some time, but we’re waiting on official word from the Saints to decide how long his ankle injury will keep him out of action. Hopefully it’s not a year-ending issue for him.

Here’s what you need to know from the Friday injury report:

From the Saints

Position

Name

Injury

Tues.

Wed.

Thurs.

Game status

WR

Tre'Quan Smith

Ankle

DNP

DNP

DNP

Out

G

Andrus Peat

Ankle

DNP

Limited

DNP

Questionable

G

Nick Easton

Concussion

DNP

DNP

DNP

Out

S

Marcus Williams

Ankle

DNP

DNP

DNP

Out

DE

Carl Granderson

Neck

Limited

Limited

Full

DT

Malcom Brown

Calf

Limited

Limited

Limited

Questionable

DE

Trey Hendrickson

Neck

Limited

Limited

DNP

Questionable

From the Vikings

Position

Name

Injury

Tues.

Wed.

Thurs.

Game status

LB

Todd Davis

Ribs

DNP

DNP

DNP

Doubtful

LB

Troy Dye

Concussion/hamstring

DNP

DNP

DNP

Out

FB

C.J. Ham

Quad

DNP

DNP

Limited

Questionable

DE

Jalyn Holmes

Groin

DNP

DNP

DNP

Out

LB

Eric Kendricks

Calf

DNP

DNP

DNP

Out

RB

Alexander Mattison

Concussion

DNP

DNP

DNP

Out

TE

Kyle Rudolph

Foot

DNP

DNP

DNP

Out

DT

Armon Watts

Ankle

DNP

Limited

DNP

Questionable

CB

Cameron Dantzler

Foot

Limited

Limited

Full

DT

Jaleel Johnson

Knee

Limited

Limited

Full

DT

Hercules Mata'afa

Lower Back

Limited

Limited

Full

DE

Ifeadi Odenigbo

Ankle

Limited

Limited

Full