The Arizona Cardinals will be without playmaking safety Tyrann Mathieu as he continues to deal with a shoulder injury that made him limited throughout the week of practice. Mathieu was officially ruled out on Sunday morning.
Last year when the Vikings played the Cardinals, Minnesota was the team without several key defenders, forcing CB Terence Newman to play safety, but this time around the Vikings are about as healthy as they have been with their active roster in several weeks.
Starting MLB Eric Kendricks (hip), CB Captain Munnerlyn (ankle) and punt returner Marcus Sherels (ankle) are all active after being listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report. Kendricks was knocked out of last Sunday’s game in the first quarter with the hip injury, and Munnerlyn and Sherels weren’t active because of their ankle injuries. This week, all three are active and expected to resume their normal role.
That leaves only DT Sharrif Floyd, who left the facility last week to rehab his knee, as the only player on the Vikings’ 53-man roster who won’t be available because of injury. Along with Floyd, the Vikings made WR Jarius Wright, QB Taylor Heinicke, LB Edmond Robinson, G Zac Kerin, T Rashod Hill and TE David Morgan inactive.
Along with Mathieu, the Cardinals listed S Deone Bucannon (ankle) and CB Tharold Simon (ankle) as questionable on Friday. Bucannon is active while Simon is inactive. DT Corey Peters (foot) was doubtful and is also inactive, along with WR Chris Hubert, G Cole Toner, DT Olsen Pierre and DT Robert Nkemdiche.
Vikings inactives: Heinicke, Wright, Robinson, Kerin, Hill, Floyd, Morgan.
Cardinals inactives: Hubert, Mathieu, Simon, Toner, Pierre, Nkemdiche and Peters.