Everson Griffen active for Minnesota Vikings; Antone Exum to start

The Minnesota Vikings got one piece of good injury news on Sunday, as DE Everson Griffen is active and will start after being questionable. But lineup shuffling was needed in other places.

With former first-round defensive backs Harrison Smith and Trae Waynes already declared out for the Minnesota Vikings’ matchup with the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings got a bit of good news on the injury front.

Defensive end Everson Griffen, listed as questionable on Friday with hip and shoulder injuries, will play and start Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

Griffen didn’t practice on Wednesday and Thursday and was limited in Friday’s practice. That was the same designations for Smith as he worked through a knee injury, and Smith, too, was listed as questionable on Friday, along with Waynes, before the defensive backs were declared out on Saturday.

With Smith out, second-year pro Antone Exum will get the first start of his career at safety, and with Waynes out Josh Robinson is active for the first time this season after spending the first half of the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.


In addition to Smith and Waynes, QB Taylor Heinicke, LB Edmond Robinson, C Nick Easton, T Jeremiah Sirles and DE Justin Trattou are inactive for the Vikings.

The Falcons had listed starting RB Devonta Freeman out on Friday, along with WR Leonard Hankerson and K Matt Bryant, and all of their other players on the injury report were probable. 

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