After surgeries that have taken Adrian Peterson, Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Kalil and Sharrif Floyd out of the lineup or saw them placed on injured reserve, the Minnesota Vikings are dealing with one more important player that wasn’t practicing on Friday.
WR Stefon Diggs, who leads the NFL with 285 yards receiving, sat out of Friday’s practice with a groin injury. He was standing on the sidelines with a hoodie on, moving around fine and without any braces or tape.
However, head coach Mike Zimmer said that was only “precautionary” and he was confident Diggs will play, despite a groin injury that popped up this week. The fact that he wasn’t listed as questionable, doubtful or out on Friday’s injury report means he is fully expected to play.
In addition to Peterson (knee) and Floyd (knee) being out, the Vikings listed CB Xavier Rhodes (knee) and TE MyCole Pruitt (knee) as questionable for Sunday’s game. They were both limited in every practice this week.
Rhodes hasn't played yet this season.
“I’ll be honest. I don’t know what’s going on,” Rhodes said Friday. “We’re just practicing, still limited. Whatever he calls when the time comes, it’s up to the coaches at this point.
“I have no clue. I’m giving you the honest happenings of what’s going on. You never know what’s going on in Zim’s head.”
TE Kyle Rudolph (groin), DE Danielle Hunter (knee), LB Eric Kendricks (ankle), RB Jerick McKinnon (toe) and FB Zach Line (neck) were all full participants in practice Friday and are expected to play.
For the Carolina Panthers, LB Jeremy Cash (hamstring) is doubtful and and RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) has been declared out.
DT Kawann Short (shoulder) and G Trai Turner (ankle) are both listed as questionable.
|Adrian Peterson||28||RB||Knee||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Sharrif Floyd||73||DR||Knee||Did Not Part||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Kyle Rudolph||82||TE||Groin||Limited Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Danielle Hunter||99||DE||Knee||Limited Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Eric Kendricks||54||LB||Ankle||Limited Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Xavier Rhodes||29||CB||Knee||Limited Part.||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|MyCole Pruitt||83||TE||Knee||Limited Part.||Limited Part||Limited Part.|
|Zach Line||48||FB||Neck||Full Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Jerick McKinnon||21||RB||Toe||Full Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Stefon Diggs||14||WR||Groin||---------------||--------------||Did Not Part.|
|Jeremy Cash||57||LB||Hamstring||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Kawaan Short||99||DT||Shoulder||Did Not Part.||Limited Part.||Full Part.|
|Jonathan Stewart||28||RB||Hamstring||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Trai Turner||70||G||Ankle||Did Not Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|