Minnesota Vikings Week 17 injury designations: 4 defensive starters ruled OUT

Erik Schlitt
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The Detroit Lions (5-10) Week 17 opponent, the Minnesota Vikings (6-9), have released their injury designations ahead of Sunday’s game and they will be without several starters.

Here’s a look at the Vikings’ full injury designations list.

Injury designations

Player

Position

Injury

Designation

Dalvin Cook

RB (starter)

Not-injury related

OUT

Alexander Mattison

RB

Concussion

Cleared to play

C.J. Ham

FB

Quad

Cleared to play

Riley Reiff

LT (starter)

COVID-19

Reserve/COVID-19

Ifeadi Odenigbo

DE (starter)

Chest

OUT

Jalyn Holmes

DE (starter)

Groin

OUT

Armon Watts

DT

Ankle

Cleared to play

Eric Kendricks

LB (starter)

Calf

OUT

Troy Dye

LB

Concussion/Hamstring

Cleared to play

Todd Davis

LB

Ribs

Cleared to play

Cameron Dantzler

CB (starter)

Hamstring

OUT

Chris Jones

CB

Groin

OUT

Dan Bailey

K (starter)

Back

Questionable

Cook’s father passed away on Tuesday and he has returned home to be with his family. He will not play in this weekend’s game. Cook’s absence means Mattison — who was just cleared from the league’s concussion protocol — will get the start at running back.

Rieff was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday, but the timeline for when he was identified is unclear. If he is not able to clear league protocols, the Vikings will turn to Rashod Hill at left tackle.

Odenigbo and Holmes were not the Vikings EDGE starters at the beginning of the year, but after Danielle Hunter went on I.R. and Yannick Ngakoue was traded, they were elevated into starting roles. With both ruled out, the Vikings will be on their third set of EDGE rushers for this matchup.

Kendricks is one of the best linebackers in the NFL and his absence will leave another massive hole in the Vikings front-7.

Last week, the Vikings starting three cornerbacks were: rookies Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler, along with Chris Jones — yes, former Lion Chris Jones. With Dantzler and Jones ruled out, the Vikings will start Gladney and likely Harrison Hand — yet another rookie corner.