Kalil had been practicing fully this week, but head coach Mike Zimmer said Kalil has a “minor aggravation” and decided to give him the day off. Both Zimmer and Kalil anticipated that the left tackle would be able to play.
“It’s been something that’s been bothering him a little bit and I just thought we’d give him a day off,” Zimmer said. “He’s had good work all week this week and we just figured it would be best if we just give him a little extra day of rest before we the game.”
Kalil had offseason knee surgery, but Zimmer declined to say if the aggravation was in the knee.
Receiver Greg Jennings (ribs) returned to practice on Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday, and Zimmer said he “anticipates” that Jennings will play. Jennings said he was feeling “good” after Friday’s practice, but he was listed as questionable on the injury report, too.
Receiver Jarius Wright (hamstring) was on the field at the start of practice for the second straight day after missing Wednesday (he was limited on Thursday) and he, too, is listed as questionable.
RB Jerick McKinnon (low back) continued to practice after sitting out Wednesday, but RB Matt Asiata (concussion) still wasn’t back in action Friday and was declared out.
On the other side of the ball, Sharrif Floyd (knee) didn’t practice for the second straight day after being limited on Wednesday and was among the four Vikings listed as questionable. Crutches were leaning up against his locker on Thursday and Friday, and Floyd said the injury happened when he banged knees with a player during Wednesday’s full-pads practice.
“It feels good. I know there’s nothing wrong, MRI said everything is good,” Floyd said Friday. “So, it’s just (coach’s) call, not mine.”
Kalil is expected to play, but if he is limited it could put Mike Harris into the rotation after he became an emergency fill-in at right guard earlier in the season when the Vikings lost John Sullivan and Vladimir Ducasse to injury on the same play. Harris had never played guard before, but the offensive tackle was also limited on Thursday with an ankle injury.
“The left side, you’ve really got to have perfect technique and you’ve got to play hard,” said Harris, who started 10 games as a rookie at left tackle. “I know if I do get there in, my fellow linemen will be there to help me. We just all have to be on the same page and if we do that we’ll be fine.
“(Green Bay’s) scheme, they want to try to confuse you with blitz packages. They’ve got two good edge rushers in Clay (Matthews) and (Julius) Peppers, so you’ve just got to be ready to go up against them. It’s just going to be a good game for our offense. I feel if we come to play and we’re on the same page, we should have a good day.”
For the Packers, TE Brandon Bostick (hip) is out. CB Jarrett Bush (groin), LB Jayrone Elliot (hamstring), DE Datone Jones (ankle) and LB Nick Perry (shoulder) are questionable. Clay Matthews (groin) was limited in Friday’s practice but listed as a probable, along with guards T.J. Lang (ankle) and Josh Sitton (toe).