Getting set to face the NFL’s No. 1 offense on a short week would be difficult enough. The Minnesota Vikings were preparing to do so on Monday without any safeties on their active roster participating in practice.
Harrison Smith injured his hamstring 10 plays into Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, Andrew Sendejo (knee) was inactive, and Antone Exum has a broken rib and injured AC joint, according to ESPN.
On Monday, Robert Blanton joined them in the infirmary with a sleeve on his knee after being lost for one play on Sunday.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Newman was used at safety only as an emergency measure and “won’t have to” play safety on Sunday.
“We only three safeties up and two of them were hurt so we had to just stick him in there for a couple plays,” Zimmer said.
But the injuries on defense didn’t stop in the backfield. Seven players missed practice on Monday.
Nose tackle Linval Joseph remained a non-participant after being inactive on Sunday because of a foot injury. Linebacker Anthony Barr missed practice with a groin injury after he was knocked out of Sunday’s game after seven plays, and Edmond Robinson, who was inactive on Sunday, was getting reps at strongside linebacker on Monday. Jason Trusnik took on that duty in the game because Robinson was inactive.
Reserve linebacker Brandon Watts (rib) was also missing from Monday’s practice.
Defensive end Scott Crichton was limited on Monday with an ankle injury.
“This is the NFL and guys get banged up all the time,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “We’re not the only team that has guys hurt so we line up and go play. Figure out what they can do and do it good.”
|Linval Joseph||98||DT||Foot||Did Not Part.|
|Andrew Sendejo||34||S||Knee||Did Not Part.|
|Anthony Barr||55||LB||Groin/Hand||Did Not Part.|
|Harrison Smith||22||S||Knee/||Did Not Part.|
|Brandon Watts||58||LB||Rib||Did Not Part.|
|Robert Blanton||36||S||Knee||Did Not Part.|
|Antone Exum Jr.||32||S||Rib/||Did Not Part.|
|Scott Crichton||95||DE||Ankle||Limited Part.|
|Andre Ellington||38||RB||Toe||Did Not Part.|
|Jermaine Gresham||84||TE||Knee||Did Not Part.|
|Tony Jefferson||22||S||Hamstring||Did Not Part.|
|Jerraud Powers||25||CB||Calf||Did Not Part.|
|Frostee Rucker||92||DT||Ankle||Did Not Part.|
|John Brown||12||WR||Hamstring||Limited Part.|
|Larry Fitzgerald||11||WR||Ankle||Limited Part.|
|Michael Floyd||15||WR||Hamstring||Limited Part.|
|Rashad Johnson||26||S||Ankle||Limited Part.|
|Mike Leach||82||LS||Knee||Limited Part.|
|Cory Redding||90||DT||Ankle||Limited Part.|
|Stepfan Taylor||30||RB||Shoulder||Limited Part.|