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.
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.
|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
Questionable- Johnson, McKinnon, Sendejo
|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
Questionable- Ansah, Barnes, Decker, Ngata, Reiff, Riddick, Slay