Although the Minnesota Vikings have had at least their fair share of injuries that have placed nine players on injured reserve, including five starters, they are getting close to full strength among the players on their active roster participating in practice.
The Vikings got starting middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (hip) and cornerbacks Terence Newman (illness) and Captain Munnerlyn (ankle) back in Thursday’s practice on a limited basis after they sat out on Wednesday.
That’s good news for a defense that had started to experience some of the injury troubles of the offense, even if none of them were as serious as the offensive side of the ball, where the Vikings have lost three starting tackles – Matt Kalil, Andre Smith and Jake Long – to injured reserve and two more that likely would have been starters if they hadn’t retired (Phil Loadholt) or fallen ill (Mike Harris).
For now, at least, the return of Kendricks, Newman and Munnerlyn puts the Vikings near full strength on defense. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who hasn’t played since Week 1, is the only player on the active roster that wasn’t practicing on at least a limited basis Thursday.
|Eric Kendricks||54||LB||Hip||Did Not Part.||Limited Part.|
|Captain Munnerlyn||23||CB||Ankle||Did Not Part.||Limited Part.|
|Sharrif Floyd||73||DT||Knee||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Terence Newman||23||CB||Illness||Did Not Part.||Limited Part.|
|Xavier Rhodes||29||CB||Concussion||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Zac Kerin||67||G||Hand||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Mackensie Alexander||20||CB||Shoulder||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Matt Asiata||44||RB||Shoulder||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Laquon Treadwell||11||WR||Hamstring||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Marcus Sherels||35||CB||Ankle||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Linval Joseph||98||DT||Shoulder||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Andrew Sendejo||34||S||Ankle||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Audie Cole||57||LB||Hand||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Deone Bucannon||20||S||Ankle||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Larry Fitzgerald||11||WR||Knee/Ankle||Did Not Part.||Full Part.|
|Chandler Jones||55||LB||Not Injury Related||Did Not Part.||Full Part.|
|Alex Okafor||57||LB||Knee/Calf||Did Not Part.||Limited Part.|
|Carson Palmer||3||QB||Not Injury Related||Did Not Part.||Full Part.|
|Corey Peters||98||DT||Foot||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Joplo Bartu||54||LB||Hamstring||Limited Part.||Full Part.|
|Gabe Martin||50||LB||Hamstring||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Tyrann Mathieu||32||S||Shoulder||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Tharold Simon||29||CB||Ankle||Limited Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Justin Bethel||28||CB||Foot/Wrist||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Brandon Williams||26||CB||Finger||Full Part.||Full Part.|