The Vikings have dealt with key absences for much of the season, but it seemed to make a big difference against the Buccaneers.
Sure, Minnesota’s kicking game, which was healthy, was abysmal, but the team’s defense also did not seem to give the Tampa Bay offense all that much trouble.
Linebacker Eric Kendricks has been a big loss. Minnesota has fought through the absences of Danielle Hunter, Anthony Barr, Mike Hughes and others this season, but Kendricks is arguably the unit’s most important player.
Kendricks missed the Jaguars matchup after he suffered a pregame calf injury. He was out for the Buccaneers game as well. Hopefully for the Vikings’ sake, the team gets him back this week. Follow along as the injury report progresses to get a good idea of what happens.
Here is the injury report as of Wednesday:
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Status: DNP (quad)
LB Eric Kendricks
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Status: DNP (calf)
RB Alexander Mattison
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Status: DNP (illness)
TE Kyle Rudolph
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Status: DNP (foot)
DT Armon Watts
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Status: DNP (back)
DE Jordan Brailford
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Status: Limited (back)
DE D.J. Wonnum
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Status: Full (ankle)