Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said on Thursday he believes left guard Alex Boone should be able to play on Monday night against the New York Giants, but Boone was held out of Thursday’s practice after suffering a hip injury in Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers.
Boone suffered the injury in the first half of Sunday’s game and didn’t return. He got an MRI on Monday and Zimmer said then the results were encouraging. But, for now, Zimmer is simply hoping the Vikings don’t have to make another change in their offensive line.
“I think, but I don’t know. We haven’t practice yet, so I don’t know,” Zimmer said when asked if Boone would be able to play on Monday.
Boone said he was feeling good walking off the practice field after observing Thursday’s practice but declined to speculate on his chances of playing on Monday.
The Vikings have already shuffled their offensive line plenty. After releasing center John Sullivan in August, Joe Berger took over that job full-time after filling in for an injured Sullivan for the entire 2015 season. Boone and right tackle Andre Smith were brought in as free-agent additions to the line this offseason, and Matt Kalil suffered a hip injury in Week 2 that is expected to be season-ending.
In addition to Boone, FB Zach Line (knee), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) and TE David Morgan (knee) all didn’t practice on Thursday, the first full day of practice in preparation for the New York Giants, who have the NFLs’ sixth-ranked offense and 10th-ranked defense. TE MyCole Pruitt, who sat out the first three games with a knee injury, was a full participant.
For the Giants, CB Eli Apple sat out with a hamstring injury, but RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) was a limited participant.
|Zach Line||48||FB||Knee||Did Not Part|
|Alex Boone||76||G||Hip||Did Not Part.|
|David Morgan||89||TE||Knee||Did Not Part.|
|Sharrif Floyd||73||DT||Knee||Did Not Part.|
|Anthony Barr||55||LB||Wrist||Full Part.|
|Jerick McKinnon||21||RB||Toe||Full Part.|
|Xavier Rhodes||29||CB||Knee||Full Part.|
|MyCole Pruitt||83||TE||Knee||Full Part.|
NEW YORK GIANTS
|Eli Apple||24||CB||Hamstring||Did Not Part.|
|Nat Berhe||29||S||Concussion||Did Not Part.|
|Marshall Newhouse||73||T||Calf||Did Not Part.|
|D. Rodgers-Cromartie||41||CB||Groin||Did Not Part.|
|Robert Thomas||99||DT||Illness||Did Not Part.|
|Darian Thompson||27||S||Foot||Did Not Part.|
|Rashad Jennings||23||RB||Thumb||Limited Part.|
|Olivier Vernon||54||DE||Wrist||Full Part.|