Coming off a Monday night game, the Minnesota Vikings are looking to get some of their injured and dinged-up players back as soon as possible before playing the Houston Texans on Sunday, the last game before the Vikings get their bye week.
TE Kyle Rudolph returned to practice on Thursday on a limited basis after missing Wednesday with a rib injury, but WR Stefon Diggs, the team’s leading receiver, continued to sit out with his ailing groin injury.
“He played last week. He had a groin last week,” head coach Mike Zimmer said.
Diggs has been on the injury report the last two weeks with his groin injury but has played through it, even if he has had time off from practice.
Joining him as non-participants in Thursday’s practice were starting right tackle Andre Smith (elbow), TE David Morgan (knee), TE Rhett Ellison (knee) and DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) – all of whom missed Wednesday’s practice as well.
“We’ve still got another day of practice. We’ll see,” Zimmer said when asked about the injured players.
For the Texans, WR Braxton Miller (hamstring) practice fully after being limited on Wednesday, and LB Max Bullough missed practice with an illness. TE Stephen Anderson (hamstring) and RB Jonathan Grimes (ankle) didn’t practice and G Oday Aboushi (toe), T Duane Brown (knee), TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (knee), CB Kareem Jackson (hamstring) and T Derek Newton (knee) were limited again.
|Andre Smith||71||T||Triceps||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Kyle Rudolph||82||TE||Clavicle/Rib||Did Not Part.||Limited Part.|
|Rhett Ellison||85||TE||Knee||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Stefon Diggs||14||WR||Groin||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|David Morgan||89||TE||Knee||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Sharrif Floyd||73||DT||Knee||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Anthony Barr||55||LB||Wrist||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Xavier Rhodes||29||CB||Knee||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Jeremiah Sirles||78||T||Ankle||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Stephen Anderson||89||TE||Hamstring||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Jonathan Grimes||41||RB||Ankle||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Oday Aboushi||78||G||Toe||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Duane Brown||76||T||Knee||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|C.J. Fiedorowicz||87||TE||Knee||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Kareem Jackson||25||CB||Hamstring||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Braxton Miller||13||WR||Hamstring||Limited Part.||Full Part.|
|Derek Newton||72||T||Knee||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Brian Cushing||56||LB||Knee||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Charles James||31||CB||Hand||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Max Bullough||53||LB||Illness||-----------||Did Not Part.|
|John Simon||51||LB||Wrist||------------||Full Part.|