The Minnesota Vikings dug deep into the roster of game-day active players, as three players got their first action of the season as injury fill-ins.
QB Shaun Hill was on the field for 21 snaps as a replacement for Teddy Bridgewater, who suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter. Zac Kerin got one snap filling in for Brandon Fusco when he was injured momentarily and taken off the field (it was the first offensive play Fusco has missed this season). And linebacker Brandon Watts, promoted from the practice squad two weeks ago, saw the field for seven defensive snaps and 21 on special teams. He was playing on defense because rookie starting middle linebacker Eric Kendricks was out with a rib injury and fill-in Audie Cole was lost for the season when he suffered a fracture ankle during the game.
Kendricks’ injury had Chad Greenway playing easily his most snaps of the season – all 72 defensive snaps – as the weakside linebacker in the base defense when Cole was available and middle linebacker in the nickel defense. When Cole was lost for the game, Greenway took over the middle linebacker duties in the base defense, too, and Watts played Greenway’s usual spot at weakside linebacker.
CB Trae Waynes saw the second-most snaps of his rookie season, filling in for an injured Terence Newman, who was kicked in the helmet by a hurdling Todd Gurley. Waynes played in 32 defensive snaps. His season high came against San Diego, when he played 42 snaps for an injured Xavier Rhodes.
Rhett Ellison played in a season-high 47 offensive plays as the Vikings used two-tight end sets often early in the game.
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