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Injuries forcing more changes on Minnesota Vikings offense, defense vs. Lions

The Minnesota Vikings were missing two starters who were still in the concussion protocol on Friday and ruled out, forcing more lineup changes. The Vikings will see the fifth starting combination on the offensive line and the first real change on defense.

Approaching their eighth game of the season, the Minnesota Vikings will have their fifth different starting lineup on the offensive line.

Guard Alex Boone and linebacker Eric Kendricks, both starters, remain in the concussion protocol and were ruled out on Friday, forcing lineup changes on offense and defense. For the offense, it’s hardly anything new.

The Vikings have had three different starters at left tackle – Matt Kalil, T.J. Clemmings and Jake Long – and three different starters at right tackle – Andre Smith, Jeremiah Sirles and Clemmings.

While Sirles has started at right tackle, he also filled in for Boone at left guard for 35 snaps against the Carolina Panthers when the starter went out with a hip injury. Since then, Boone has been listed on the injury report with shoulder, knee and concussion injuries, too – and all of the latter three continue to ail him.

Sirles is expected to replace Boone on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Center Joe Berger is the only offensive lineman that has played every offensive snap this season.

Up until last week, when rookie Jayron Kearse started for the injured Andrew Sendejo (ankle), the defensive starting lineup has remained largely the same all year with the exception of when the team has started in the nickel or base defense.

That will change this week.

Kendricks has missed the entire week of practice as he goes through the concussion protocol, despite him playing in all 61 defensive snaps on Monday night. With him being ruled out on Friday, Audie Cole will get the start as the middle linebacker in the base defense and Chad Greenway would stay in during nickel situations, whereas he usually goes out and Kendricks and Anthony Barr stay in then.

The Vikings have been hit hard by injuries since before the season started, losing Teddy Bridgewater for the year on Aug. 30, then Adrian Peterson and Matt Kalil in Week 2, and Andre Smith in Week 4 – all of them on injured reserve – but now the defense could be forced to mix up their starting lineup for the first time this season.

In addition to Boone and Kendricks being ruled out, so are backup guard Zac Kerin (hand) and DT Sharrif Floyd (knee).

Tom Johnson (concussion), Jerick McKinnon (ankle) and Andrew Sendejo (ankle) were limited in practice Friday and are listed as questionable.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Player # Pos. Injury 2-Nov 3-Nov 4-Nov
Alex Boone 76 G Concussion/Shoulder/Knee Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Eric Kendricks 54 LB Concussion Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Tom Johnson 92 DT Concussion Did Not Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Zac Kerin 67 G Hand Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Jerick McKinnon 21 RB Ankle Did Not Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Sharrif Floyd 73 DT Knee Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Xavier Rhodes 29 CB Calf Limited Part. Full Part. Full Part.
Captain Munnerlyn 24 CB Foot Limited Part. Full Part. Full Part.
Anthony Barr 55 LB Groin Limited Part. Full Part. Full Part.
Marcus Sherels 35 CB Wrist Limited Part. Limited Part. Full Part.
Andrew Sendejo 34 S Ankle Limited Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Audie Cole 57 LB Finger Full Part. Full Part. Full Part.
Jarius Wright 17 WR Ankle Full Part. Full Part. Full Part.
MyCole Pruitt 83 TE Knee Full Part. Full Part. Full Part.

Friday Injury Report
Out- Boone, Kendricks, Kerin, Floyd
Doubtful-
Questionable- Johnson, McKinnon, Sendejo

DETROIT LIONS

Player # Pos. Injury 2-Nov 3-Nov 4-Nov
DeAndre Levy 54 LB Knee/Quad Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Riley Reiff 71 T Illness Did Not Part. Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Ezekiel Ansah 94 DE Ankle Limited Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Adairius Barnes 38 CB Hamstring Limited Part. Did Not Part. Limited Part.
Taylor Decker 68 T Ribs Limited Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Marvin Jones Jr. 11 WR Foot Limited Part. Full Part. Full Part.
Haloti Ngata 92 DT Shoulder Limited Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Theo Riddick 25 RB Ankle Limited Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Darius Slay 23 CB Hamstring Limited Part. Limited Part. Limited Part.
Corey Robinson 70 T Ankle Full Part. Full Part. Full Part.

Friday Injury Report
Out- Levy
Doubtful-
Questionable- Ansah, Barnes, Decker, Ngata, Reiff, Riddick, Slay


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