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).
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.
|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.|
|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.|