The timing couldn’t be better, considering the Vikings are 20th against the run and Greenway’s replacement at weakside linebacker, Gerald Hodges, wasn’t practicing because of a hamstring injury suffered Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
Greenway started the first three games of the season, but a broken hand and three broken ribs limited his effectiveness before he finally left the field in the fourth quarter of the New Orleans game in Week 3. He hasn’t played since.
He declined to talk to reporters after Wednesday’s practice, but this is the first Wednesday he has practiced fully since before the New England game in Week 2. Wednesday’s practice was also in full pads. Safety Harrison Smith, who was listed as questionable for last Sunday’s game with an ankle injury but played the entire game, also practice fully on Wednesday.
“It’s pretty good. I’m not trying to get it too tired and hurt in practice. It’s feeling a lot better than it did at this time last week,” Smith said.
“I’m doing everything I’d normally do, but every now and then if I feel I’m going to get it fatigued, just take a play off here or there.”
In addition to Hodges not practicing, rookie CB Jabari Price (hamstring) and DE Corey Wootton (lower back) also sat out.
DT Sharrif Floyd (elbow/ankle) and Linval Joseph (ankle) were limited. Floyd has had an elbow injury for two weeks. He was limited in Wednesday and Thursday’s practices last week but practice fully on Friday. He appeared to tweak his ankle in Wednesday’s practice.
Joseph is a new addition to the injury report.
QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) was removed from the injury report while WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) and TE Chase Ford (foot) were full participants.
For the Bills, DT Marcell Dareus didn’t practice for personal reasons, and WR Marcus Easley (knee) and LB Ty Powell (ankle) also didn’t practice.
DT Kyle Williams (knee), LS Garrison Sanborn (knee), S Da’Norris Searcy (knee), LB Brandon Spikes and S Aaron Williams (wrist/neck) were limited.