Most notably, linebacker Chad Greenway, who has led the Vikings in tackles each of the last six seasons, broke his hand and his availability for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints is in doubt.
Greenway was among three starters on the active roster that didn’t practice on Wednesday.
“We’ll see. We don’t know exactly to what extent it’s going to affect him,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.
Last year, Greenway played much of the season with a broken right wrist and it affected his ability to tackle. He still finished with a team-leading 167 tackles.
He is also dealing with a rib injury that Zimmer termed “another little thing.” Zimmer said the Vikings “anticipate” Greenway will play.
Right tackle Phil Loadholt is also working through an ankle injury and didn’t practice Wednesday, and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd is still working through a shoulder injury that occurred in the season opener and didn’t practice.
Greenway’s injury appears to be the most concerning. He had protective plastic brace over his left hand on Wednesday.
“I’m not really sure what happened. It just started to really bother me, swelling up,” he said.
“Little bit different situation (than last year), but we’ll deal with it.”
Several Vikings were also limited Wednesday, leading off with tight end Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) and cornerback Xavier Rhodes (groin). Backup linebacker Brandon Watts (knee) returned to practice on a limited basis for the first time since the preseason, and receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring) was also limited.
ROSTER SPOT UNFILLED
The Vikings didn’t immediately fill the roster spot that opened up with Peterson being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, but they were talking about that roster move on Wednesday.
“We’ve talked about a number of different scenarios so we are just kind of working on that aspect right now,” Zimmer said.
On Saturday, the Vikings promoted Joe Banyard from the practice squad to the active roster and he played in one offensive snap at the end of Sunday’s game.
“I think that these guys have a lot of ability. Jerick McKinnon, I’m excited to see him get out there; Joe Banyard had a very good preseason,” Zimmer said. “We will keep evaluating that spot each and every time. These guys deserve an opportunity to go out and perform. So many times in the NFL when injuries happen or things happen, guys go out and they perform and they have a chance to make a great career for themselves. It happens every week with somebody because of the number of injuries and things like that.”
The Saints had five players that didn’t practice Wednesday – RB Mark Ingram (hand), S Marcus Ball (hamstring), C Jonathan Goodwin (elbow), LB David Hawthorne (ankle), FB Erik Lorig (ankle).
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