Greenway playing despite death of his father

Chad Greenway’s father died Friday night after battling leukemia for more than two years, but the linebacker is active for the Vikings.

The Minnesota Vikings will be down only one starting linebacker after veteran Chad Greenway is active for Sunday’s game, despite the death of his father on Friday night.

The Vikings were already down one starting linebacker for the rest of the season because of Anthony Barr’s meniscus needing surgery, so Greenway’s willingness to play less than two days after the death of his father Alan, who was battling leukemia since 2012, is welcome news for the Vikings. Chad missed practice on Friday, but head coach Mike Zimmer said he expected Greenway to play, calling Greenway’s absence a personal matter. Greenway is expected to start.

In fact, Greenway shown was at the Vikings’ practice facility on Saturday as part of the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program.

The funeral for Greenway’s father, who was 56, is scheduled for Tuesday in his hometown of Mount Vernon, S.D.

Along with Barr, the Vikings’ inactives are S Ahmad Dixon, CB Shaun Prater, FB Zach Line, T Carter Bykowski, G Charlie Johnson and TE Kyle Rudolph.

Rudolph was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report after suffering knee and ankle injuries during last Sunday’s game with the Detroit Lions.

S Robert Blanton, who was listed as questionable with knee and ankle injuries, is active.

With Johnson out, rookie G David Yankey is active for the first time this season.

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