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.
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.
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.
|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
|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
Questionable- Brown, Jackson