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Key defenders still limited for Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are optimistic many of their key defensive players will be healthy enough to play on Sunday night, but they remained limited in Thursday’s practice.

Despite continued optimism that the Minnesota Vikings would be close to full strength, there wasn’t much change in their injury report on Thursday.

Key defensive players Harrison Smith (knee/hamstring), Anthony Barr (knee), Linval Joseph (foot) and Everson Griffen (shoulder) all remained limited on Thursday.

Barr had been listed on the injury report in previous weeks with groin and hand injuries, but that changed to a knee injury this week, although Zimmer indicated it wasn’t a new injury.

“It was a knee-groin,” Zimmer said. “He’s fine. He’ll be alright.”

Smith said he was optimistic he would play, but Zimmer said some of his decisions on who plays and who doesn’t might be based on the Vikings’ playoff standing by the time they take the field Sunday night.

“If the guy is iffy health-wise and we we’re already in the playoffs, then I may sit him for another week,” Zimmer said.

On offense, running back Adrian Peterson (ankle/shoulder) didn’t practice and neither did blocking tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle). Zimmer said before practice that he anticipated Peterson would “get some work in today,” but he didn’t practice.

Cornerback Josh Robinson (concussion) was limited after not participating on Wednesday, and running back Jerick McKinnon was added to the injury report with a hamstring ailment.


Player # Pos. Injury 23-Dec 24-Dec
Josh Robinson 21 CB Concussion Did Not Part. Limited Part.
Adrian Peterson 28 RB Ankle/ Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Rhett Ellison 85 TE Ankle Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Harrison Smith 22 S Knee/ Limited Part. Limited Part.
Anthony Barr 55 LB Knee Limited Part. Limited Part.
Linval Joseph 98 DT Foot Limited Part. Limited Part.
Everson Griffen 97 DE Shoulder Limited Part. Limited Part.
Sharrif Floyd 73 DT Not Injury Related Limited Part. ----------------
Charles Johnson 12 WR Ankle Full Part. Full Part.
Jerick McKinnon 31 RB Hamstring --------------- Limited Part.


Player # Pos. Injury 23-Dec 24-Dec
Dwayne Harris 17 WR Shoulder Did Not Part. Limited Part.
Devon Kennard 59 LB Foot Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Markus Kuhn 78 DT Knee Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Cooper Taylor 30 S Concussion Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Orleans Darkwa 26 RB Illness Limited Part. Full Part.
James Morris 46 LB Quad Limited Part. Did Not Part.
George Selvie 93 DE Concussion Limited Part. Full Part.
Ereck Flowers 76 T Illness --------------- Did Not Part.

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