Minnesota Vikings promote Anthony Harris, send Antone Exum to IR

The Vikings placed safety Antone Exum on injured reserve and promoted Anthony Harris from the practice squad as part of a series of defensive moves with injuries taking their toll.

In a series of roster moves made in response to their rash of defensive injuries, the Minnesota Vikings made several moves on Tuesday, two days in advance of their Thursday night appearance against the Arizona Cardinals, who have the top-ranked offense in the NFL.

The Vikings promoted safety Anthony Harris to the 53-man roster with injuries to starting safeties Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo and fill-in Antone Exum. Exum was placed on season-ending injured reserve with rib and shoulder injuries suffered in Sunday’s game. He had started the last two games for Smith and Sendejo, respectively.

Sendejo might be able to play on Thursday (he was limited in practice Tuesday), but Smith is unlikely to play because of a hamstring he injured 10 plays into Sunday’s game.

The Vikings added more depth to their defensive backfield by re-signing defensive back Shaun Prater, who was with the team last year.

In order to make room for promoting Harris and signing Prater, in addition to placing Exum on injured reserve, the Vikings waived defensive end Justin Trattou.

In addition to the Exum, Sendejo and Smith injuries, the Vikings will likely be without linebacker Anthony Barr and nose tackle Linval Joseph on Thursday night. The designations of out, doubtful, questionable and probable aren't made until Wednesday.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS INJURY REPORT

Player # Pos. Injury 7-Dec 8-Dec
Linval Joseph 98 DT Foot Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Andrew Sendejo 34 S Knee Did Not Part. Limited Part.
Anthony Barr 55 LB Groin/Hand Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Harrison Smith 22 S Knee/ Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Hamstring
Brandon Watts 58 LB Rib Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Robert Blanton 36 S Knee Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Antone Exum Jr. 32 S Rib/ Did Not Part. IR
Shoulder
Scott Crichton 95 DE Ankle Limited Part. Limited Part.

ARIZONA CARDINALS INJURY REPORT

Player # Pos. Injury 7-Dec 8-Dec
Andre Ellington 38 RB Toe Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Jermaine Gresham 84 TE Knee Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Tony Jefferson 22 S Hamstring Did Not Part. Limited Part.
Jerraud Powers 25 CB Calf Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Frostee Rucker 92 DT Ankle Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
John Brown 12 WR Hamstring Limited Part. Limited Part.
Larry Fitzgerald 11 WR Ankle Limited Part. Limited Part.
Michael Floyd 15 WR Hamstring Limited Part. Limited Part.
Rashad Johnson 26 S Ankle Limited Part. Limited Part.
Mike Leach 82 LS Knee Limited Part. Full Part.
Cory Redding 90 DT Ankle Limited Part. Limited Part.
Stepfan Taylor 30 RB Shoulder Limited Part. Limited Part.
Earl Watford 78 T/G Hand --------------- Did Not Part.

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