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Minnesota Vikings without at least two starters for Monday night

The Minnesota Vikings will be missing at least two starters for their Monday night game against the Chicago Bears.

The Minnesota Vikings will be without at least two starters Monday night against the Chicago Bears – one on offense and one on defense.

RB Jerick McKinnon and SS Andrew Sendejo have been ruled out, both with ankle injuries, along with DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) and backup OL Zac Kerin (wrist).

McKinnon is the Vikings’ leading rusher, but head coach Mike Zimmer said on Saturday his absence doesn’t affect the running game, which has been struggling most of the season. The Vikings are averaging only 2.6 yards per carry. McKinnon is averaging 3.2 yards per carry.

“It’s negative yardage plays, that brings your average down,” head coach Mike Zimmer said after Saturday’s practice. “It is what it is; I can’t change it. It’s 2.6, that’s what it is. So we’ll just keep trying to do better.”

McKinnon was injured Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles and tried to return to the game, but he ultimately had to give way to the pain.  

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Sendejo was injured six plays into the game after he intercepted a pass and returned it to the 2-yard line. Rookie Jayron Kearse stepped in for Sendejo and earned an “average” review from Zimmer.

“I think the system is fairly easy and the things that we ask them to do,” Zimmer said of the safeties. “Most of the time it’s interchangeable. One guy can play either position so that allows multiple guys to play, I guess.”

In addition to those ruled out, both of the Vikings’ return men, WR Cordarrelle Patterson and CB Marcus Sherels, are questionable, along with backup TE MyCole Pruitt. Adam Thielen is likely to take over the return duties if Patterson or Sherels can’t play.

Patterson hasn’t completely passed the concussion protocol, but he did return to practice on a limited basis on Saturday and Zimmer said he is “pretty sure” Patterson will be able to play on Monday night. Sherels hurt his wrist on Sunday and special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said he believes that is why the normally sure-handed Sherels fumbled a punt he tried to return after fielding it on the bounce.

The Bears could also be without some starters. DT Eddie Goldman is doubtful with an ankle injury, G Kyle Long is doubtful with a triceps injury and WR Eddie Royal is doubtful with a toe injury. None of them practiced on Saturday.

In addition, RB Jeremy Langford (ankle), LB Pernell McPhee (knee), G Josh Sitton (ankle) and CB Tracy Porter (knee) are questionable.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Player # Pos. Injury 27-Oct 28-Oct 29-Oct
Cordarrelle Patterson 84 WR Concussion Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Limited Part.
Marcus Sherels 35 CB Wrist Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Jerick McKinnon 21 RB Ankle Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Andrew Sendejo 34 S Ankle Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Sharrif Floyd 73 DT Knee Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Audie Cole 57 LB Finger Limited Part. Limited Part. Full Part.
Alex Boone 76 G Shoulder / Knee Limited Part. Full Part. Full Part.
MyCole Pruitt 83 TE Knee Limited Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Jarius Wright 17 WR Ankle Limited Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Zac Kerin 67 G Hand Limited Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Laquon Treadwell 11 WR Thumb Full Part. Full Part. Full Part.
Anthony Barr 55 LB Ankle Full Part. Full Part. Full Part.
Jeremiah Sirles 78 T Knee Full Part. Full Part. Full Part.

Saturday Injury Report
Out- McKinnon, Sendejo, Floyd, Kerin
Doubtful-
Questionable- Sherels, Patterson, Pruitt, Wright

CHICAGO BEARS

Player # Pos. Injury 27-Oct 28-Oct 29-Oct
Bryce Callahan 37 DB Hamstring Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Eddie Goldman 91 DT Ankle Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Deiondre’ Hall 32 DB Ankle Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Nick Kwiatkowski 44 LB Illness Did Not Part. Full Part. ---------
Kyle Long 75 G Tricep Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Eddie Royal 19 WR Toe Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Josh Sitton 71 G Ankle Did Not Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Danny Trevathan 59 LB Illness Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Full Part.
Jeremy Langford 33 RB Ankle Limited Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Pernell McPhee 92 LB Knee Limited Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Cameron Meredith 81 WR Shoulder Limited Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Tracy Porter 21 DB Knee Limited Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.

Saturday Injury Report
Out- Hall
Doubtful- Goldman, Long, Royal
Questionable- Callahan, Langford, McPhee, Meredith, Porter, Sitton

 


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