The Minnesota Vikings are in a strange predicament at the moment.
With nothing to play for, Minnesota will head to Detroit to play the Lions in Week 17. There is a compelling case for the team to rest its starters this week. Regardless of whether the team does that, it will be without some key players.
That leaves the opportunity for younger, more inexperienced players to step up and earn more reps. Minnesota is 6-9 overall, but it has a chance to get better for 2021.
Here are four Vikings players who may get a bigger role than usual against the Lions on Sunday.
RB Mike Boone
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With Dalvin Cook back home after the death of his father and Alexander Mattison still on the injury report, Mike Boone could see some action on Sunday. He's played well in limited time this season, even making plays on special teams.
K Taylor Bertolet
Bertolet, who resides on the Vikings' practice squad, may get a chance to hit some kicks with the Vikings. Kicker Dan Bailey remains on the injury report at the moment and there have been no reports on the NFL transaction wire of the team bringing in other kickers this week.
T Rashod Hill
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The Vikings placed Riley Reiff on the COVID-19/reserve list this week. He might not be available for the game Sunday. If that's the case, Minnesota OC Gary Kubiak said Hill will start.
LB Blake Lynch
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Similar to last week, Lynch could receive a bigger role in the Vikings defense due to injuries. Eric Kendricks, Todd Davis and Troy Dye are all on the injury report this week.