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Several key players return to Minnesota Vikings practice

The Minnesota Vikings are getting more starters back at practice after an extensive initial injury report to start the week.

The Minnesota Vikings’ extensive injury report coming off a Thursday night game is looking better by the day as they prepare for the Dallas Cowboys this Thursday night.

After getting the team’s leading receiver, Stefon Diggs, and middle linebacker Eric Kendricks back practicing on a limited basis on Monday, more starters joined the practice regimen on Tuesday.

Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith (neck) and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (ankle) were back on a limited basis Tuesday, as was linebacker Chad Greenway, who was absent on Monday to attend the birth of his fourth daughter, Carsyn. However, DE Everson Griffen was added to the injury report, being listed as limited on Thursday with a shoulder injury.

If all of those players are available for the Vikings on Thursday night, it would be a big boost as they face the NFL’s leading rusher, Ezekiel Elliott, and the top rookie quarterback this year, Dak Prescott.

The Vikings have the third-ranked defense (14th against the run and fourth against the pass), while the Cowboys have the fourth-ranked offense (second rushing and 16th passing).

In addition, CB Terence Newman (neck) and T Jeremiah Sirles (hip) were full participants after being limited on Monday.

While numerous defenders now appear on track to play Thursday, the Vikings were still without starting center Joe Berger, who suffered a concussion on Thursday, as well as punt returner Marcus Sherels (ankle) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee).

If Berger isn’t able to play, Nick Easton, who played 43 snaps last Thursday in relief of Berger, would get the start at center.

“He played very well last week. We expect the same this week,” head coach Mike Zimmer said.

The full injury report, with designations of questionable, doubtful and out will be coming on Wednesday.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Player # Pos. Injury 28-Nov 29-Nov
Joe Berger 61 C Concussion Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Marcus Sherels 35 CB Rib Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Harrison Smith 22 S Ankle Did Not Part. Limited Part.
Captain Munnerlyn 24 CB Ankle Did Not Part. Limited Part.
Sharrif Floyd 73 DT Knee Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Chad Greenway 52 LB Not Injury Related Did Not Part. ---------
Sam Bradford 8 QB Ankle Limited Part. Limited Part.
Mackensie Alexander 20 CB Groin Limited Part. Limited Part.
Jeremiah Sirles 78 T Hip Limited Part. Full Part.
Terence Newman 23 CB Neck Limited Part. Full Part.
Stefon Diggs 14 WR Knee Limited Part. Limited Part.
Eric Kendricks 54 LB Hip Limited Part. Limited Part.
Adam Thielen 19 WR Shoulder Full Part. Full Part.
Everson Griffen 97 DE Shoulder ----------- Limited Part.

DALLAS COWBOYS

Player # Pos. Injury 28-Nov 29-Nov
Morris Claiborne 24 CB Groin Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Justin Durant 56 LB Hamstring Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Chaz Green 79 T Back Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
J.J. Wilcox 27 S Thigh Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Barry Church 42 S Forearm Limited Part. Limited Part.
Jack Crawford 58 DE Foot Limited Part. Limited Part.
David Irving 95 DE Illness Limited Part. Full Part.
DeMarcus Lawrence 90 DE Back Limited Part. Limited Part.
Terrell McClain 97 DT Thigh Limited Part. Limited Part.
Tyron Smith 77 T Back/Hip Limited Part. Limited Part.
Sean Lee 50 LB Illness ----------- Did Not Part.


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