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Stefon Diggs is doubtful for Minnesota Vikings against Texans

The Minnesota Vikings likely will be without their leading receiver, Stefon Diggs, who hasn’t practiced all week and is listed as doubtful.

The Minnesota Vikings are expected to be without their top receiver against the NFL’s top pass defense.

Stefon Diggs has missed all three days of full practice this week with a groin injury and was listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.

Two weeks ago, Diggs played after not practicing on a Friday because of that lingering groin injury. In that instance, he wasn’t even on the injury report, meaning he was assured of being available. Last week, Diggs was limited on Friday before a Monday night game and practiced fully on Saturday. Once again, he wasn’t listed as even questionable.

This time, however, he has fully missed three straight days of practice.

If Diggs doesn’t play, it would likely the signal that Jarius Wright is active and Adam Thielen would have a bigger role. The last time Diggs’ availability – or at least his ability to play a full game – was in question, Wright was active for the only time this season and rookie receiver Laquon Treadwell was inactive.

Zimmer said Wright’s demeanor has been “very good,” despite being inactive for three of the first four games.

“He’s always a great kid, works hard and prepares himself every week,” Zimmer said.

In addition to Diggs, starting right tackle Andre Smith wasn’t practicing because of a triceps injury suffered on the sixth play of Monday night’s game and has been ruled out. Jeremiah Sirles replaced Smith in that game and likely would do the same on Sunday, meaning he would be matched up often against former first-round pick Jadeveon Clowney.

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The Vikings also will be short-handed at tight end. Kyle Rudolph (clavicle/rib), the team’s second-leading receiver, was practicing for the second straight day, this time as a full participant, but the Vikings were without Rhett Ellison (knee) and David Morgan (knee) at the position, and practice squad tight end Kyle Carter also wasn’t practicing. That leaves MyCole Pruitt and Rudolph as the only relatively sure tight ends to play on the active roster.

Ellison is listed as doubtful and Morgan has been rule out, along with former starting defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee), who hasn’t played since the season opener and had arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

The Vikings re-signed TE Brian Leonhardt to the practice squad this week after he spent the offseason and preseason with the team. He could be promoted to the active roster if they feel the need to have a third tight end ready, and fullback Zach Line could see an increased role.

SMITH SERIOUS?

NFL Media reported that Andre Smith’s triceps injury could cause the Vikings to put him on injured reserve.

“Not for this week,” Zimmer said. “We’ll take a look next week and see what’s up.”

After playing the Texans on Sunday, the Vikings have their bye in Week 6.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Player # Pos. Injury 5-Oct 6-Oct 7-Oct
Andre Smith 71 T Triceps Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Kyle Rudolph 82 TE Clavicle/Rib Did Not Part. Limited Part. Full Part.
Rhett Ellison 85 TE Knee Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Stefon Diggs 14 WR Groin Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
David Morgan 89 TE Knee Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Sharrif Floyd 73 DT Knee Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Anthony Barr 55 LB Wrist Full Part. Full Part. Full Part.
Xavier Rhodes 29 CB Knee Full Part. Full Part. Full Part.
Jeremiah Sirles 78 T Ankle Full Part. Full Part. Full Part.
Alex Boone 76 G Knee ---------- ------------- Limited Part.

Friday Injury Report

Out- Smith, Morgan, Floyd

Doubtful- Diggs, Ellison

Questionable-

HOUSTON TEXANS

Player # Pos. Injury 5-Oct 6-Oct 7-Oct
Stephen Anderson 89 TE Hamstring Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Jonathan Grimes 41 RB Ankle Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Oday Aboushi 78 G Toe Limited Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Duane Brown 76 T Knee Limited Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
C.J. Fiedorowicz 87 TE Knee Limited Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Kareem Jackson 25 CB Hamstring Limited Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Braxton Miller 13 WR Hamstring Limited Part. Full Part. Full Part.
Derek Newton 72 T Knee Limited Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Brian Cushing 56 LB Knee Full Part. Full Part. Full Part.
Charles James 31 CB Hand Full Part. Full Part. Full Part.
Max Bullough 53 LB Illness ----------- Did Not Part. Full Part.
John Simon 51 LB Wrist ------------ Full Part. Full Part.

Friday Injury Report

Out- Anderson, Grimes

Doubtful-

Questionable- Brown, Jackson

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