The Minnesota Vikings defense will short-handed once again.
After practicing on a limited basis on Wednesday and Thursday, safety Harrison Smith only stretched at the start of Friday’s practice before heading off the practice field, presumably to receive treatment on his ailing hamstring and knee, and has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. So is linebacker Anthony Barr, who appeared to give it a try on Friday before being ruled out.
“There’s no setback, just not quite where I wanted it to be,” Smith said.
In addition to Smith and Barr, the Vikings also ruled out a couple of backups, receiver Charles Johnson, who was added to the injury report Thursday because of an ankle injury, and defensive end Scott Crichton with a concussion and neck injury.
Head coach Mike Zimmer said the playoffs being on the horizon aren’t a consideration when deciding to sit or play guys that are hurt, and Smith said that’s the case with him, too.
“That’s kind of what everybody else has said to me, but I really don’t,” Smith said. “I want to play as soon as I can. That’s all I want to do.”
Rookie Anthony Harris, who started for Smith last week, could get his second start, this time alongside Andrew Sendejo, who was limited with a knee injury on Wednesday but practiced fully on Thursday and was practicing again on Friday. He is listed as probable, along with reserve safety Robert Blanton (knee). Backup linebacker Brandon Watts (rib) is also probable.
The Bears issued their injury report around noon, listing WR Alshon Jeffery (calf), LB Pernell McPhee (knee), TE Zach Miller, CB Tracy Porter. DL Will Sutton and CB Sherrick McManis all as questionable.
Bears CB Bryce Callahan (quadricep) is listed as doubtful.
|Linval Joseph||98||DT||Foot||Did Not Part.||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Anthony Barr||55||LB||Groin/Hand||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.||Limited Part.|
|Everson Griffen||97||DE||Shoulder||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.||Limited Part.|
|Scott Crichton||95||DE||Concussion/Neck||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Harrison Smith||22||S||Knee/||Limited Part.||Limited Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Brandon Watts||58||LB||Rib||Limited Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Andrew Sendejo||34||S||Knee||Limited Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Robert Blanton||36||S||Knee||Full Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Charles Johnson||12||WR||Ankle||---------------||Did Not Part.||Limited Part.|
Friday Injury Report
Out-Smith, Crichton, Barr, C. Johnson
Probable-Watts, Sendejo, Blanton
|Bryce Callahan||37||CB||Quadricep||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Sherrick McManis||27||CB||Concussion||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.||Limited Part.|
|Zach Miller||86||TE||Ribs||Did Not Part.||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Alshon Jeffery||17||WR||Calf/Illness||Limited Part.||Did Not Part.||Limited Part.|
|Pernell McPhee||92||LB||Knee||Limited Part.||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Tracy Porter||21||CB||Ankle||Limited Part.||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Will Sutton||93||DL||Knee||Limited Part.||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
Friday Injury Report