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
|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.|
|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|
|Scott Crichton||95||DE||Ankle||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
ARIZONA CARDINALS INJURY REPORT
|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.|