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S Robert Blanton missed Sunday's loss to the Lions with a pair of injuries to his left leg, but he said he expects to play in Week 16 and might return to practice Wednesday. DE Brian Robison, who sprained his right ankle against Detroit, also said he expects to play at Miami this weekend. We'll keep an eye on their statuses throughout the week. Neither is a top-shelf IDP option, but each would carry matchup upside. HC Mike Zimmer declined Monday to give outlooks on LB Anthony Barr and DT Sharrif Floyd for the Dolphins game. Each guy missed the Detroit contest with a knee injury.

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The Vikings on Friday ruled out LB Anthony Barr (knee), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) and S Robert Blanton (knee/ankle) for Sunday's game at Detroit. That at least means that IDP owners won't need to decide whether to take a chance on any in their fantasy lineups. Barr's absence keeps Gerald Hodges in the lineup a week after he notched 9 tackles and 2 passes defensed -- including an INT he returned for a TD -- against the Jets. Hodges makes for a decent IDP option if you're searching. Andrew Sendejo will likely fill in for Blanton and has been a strong tackle producer in the past. He's certainly not a safe play in what would be his 1st start of the season, though, especially since we don't know exactly what his playing time would look like.

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The Vikings might need to go without 3 defensive starters in Sunday's rematch with the Lions. LB Anthony Barr continues to miss practice time with the knee injury that cost him all of Week 14 and half of the previous game. S Robert Blanton got his left leg caught underneath a player in last Sunday's game, which forced him out with ankle and knee trouble. DT Sharrif Floyd continues to deal with a thigh bruise that kept him out for the 2nd half of each of the past 2 games. Floyd seems most likely of the 3 to play on Sunday, considering he has begun each of the past 2 games. All might need to put in a full Friday practice to make it into your Week 15 IDP considerations, though.

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For the 2nd straight week, Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd spent the 2nd half on the sideline Sunday after aggravating his knee injury. Last time, however, he left a game his team was winning handily. This time, Floyd watched as his team needed an overtime TD to knock off the Jets. That makes this aggravation more worrisome for Floyd's outlook. IDP owners who have been using him will need to secure an insurance option this week. Minnesota also watched S Robert Blanton leave Sunday's game with a left leg injury. He's scheduled for an MRI.

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As expected, the Vikings' D will miss rookie LB Anthony Barr for today's matchup with the Jets. Barr was doubtful with a knee injury that forced him out of last week's game early. DT Sharrif Floyd is active, however, after sitting out much of the 2nd half in Week 13. He probably would have played longer if the Vikes hadn't been blowing out the Panthers, though, and is a fine IDP bet for Week 14.

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The Vikings will miss LB Anthony Barr on Sunday. The rookie is doubtful for the Jets' visit because of a knee injury that forced him out of the Week 13 game early. DT Sharrif Floyd is expected to play, however. He's probable with his knee trouble after putting in limited workouts all week. The Vikings D overall continues to look good against the Jets.

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The Vikings watched 2 defensive starters spend most of Sunday's 2nd half on the sideline because of knee injuries. Rookie OLB Anthony Barr said his knee "locked up" at halftime, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and then left for good midway through the 3rd quarter. “It’s been bugging me for a little bit, but it didn’t bug me as much as it did today,” Barr said afterward. Floyd's knee injury cost him Week 12 and the 1st 2 practice days leading up to Sunday's win over the Panthers, but he returned to a 3rd-down pass-rushing role vs. Carolina. HC Mike Zimmer said the staff decided to take Floyd out after he "pulled something" with the Vikes leading 28-6.

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