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.
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.
|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
Questionable- Sherels, Patterson, Pruitt, Wright
|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
Doubtful- Goldman, Long, Royal
Questionable- Callahan, Langford, McPhee, Meredith, Porter, Sitton