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Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Vikings DE Danielle Hunter has received 2 recommendations that he sit out the rest of the season because of the herniated disc in his neck. The 1st opinion came after Hunter visited the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York last week. The 2nd comes from his personal trainer. We'll see what the player and team decide, but don't expect to have Hunter available for your IDP lineup anytime soon.

Vikings S Harrison Smith got ejected late in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's win over the Texans for a "flagrant" helmet-to-helmet hit on Houston TE Jordan Akins. That hit left Akins concussed. We'll see if it means any further discipline for Smith.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Vikings DE Danielle Hunter isn't expected to be ready to play when he's eligible to return from IR next week. Hunter's dealing with a herniated disc in his neck and is reportedly "regaining strength and getting closer to returning." Pelissero adds that optimism is "still high that he's back this season." That's good, but it also falls short of telling us that Hunter will definitely be back this season. We'll keep an eye out for updates on his status. You might soon have a roster decision to make on Hunter if you can't keep him stashed in an IR slot.

The Vikings have ruled CB Mike Hughes out for Sunday's game against the Titans with a neck injury. That further dings a CB corps that hasn't played well so far. Minnesota will also miss rookie CB Cameron Dantzler, who played a top 3 corner role in Week 1.

The Vikings are expected to sign free-agent LB Todd Davis on Wednesday, according to Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver. Davis got cut by the Broncos as they got down to their 53-man regular season roster. We don't expect Davis to threated the playing time of LB Eric Wilson, who's in for full-time duty with Anthony Barr (pectoral tear) out for the year. We'll see about Davis' role.

Vikings OLB Anthony Barr will miss the rest of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle in Sunday's loss to the Colts. That should mean full playing time for weak-side starter Eric Wilson going forward. Wilson wound up playing 92% of the snaps vs. Indy, totaling 7 tackles and grabbing an INT. He saw 7 other games of 70% playing time or more over the previous 2 seasons when other LBs went down. Wilson finished all 3 such games last season with 8+ tackles.

The Vikings have placed DE Danielle Hunter on IR. By this year's altered rules, of course, that just means he'll miss at least 3 games. We'll see beyond that. The team has only ever called Hunter's injury a "tweak," but we're at almost a month that it has kept him off the field. ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports that it's "related to a neck injury he sustained," according to an anonymous source. If you drafted Hunter in an IDP league, you'll need to find a replacement for at least the 1st few games.

NFL Network reports that Vikings DE Danielle Hunter's "status for Sunday is very much in doubt." Hunter hasn't practiced since Aug. 14 and remained off the field Wednesday, according to ESPN's Courtney Cronin. The team has been calling Hunter's issue minor all along and haven't revealed details, but this continued absence in the week leading up to the opener should obviously ramp up the worry. If he can't go, Minnesota would likely start Ifeadi Odenigbo at DE opposite Yannick Ngakoue.

The Vikings are trading a pair of draft picks to the Jaguars for DE Yannick Ngakoue, according to multiple reports. Jacksonville gets a 2021 second-rounder and a conditional 5th-round pick in 2022. According to Adam Schefter, that pick becomes a 4th if Ngakoue makes the Pro Bowl this season; a 3rd if Ngakoue makes the Pro Bowl and the Vikings win the Super Bowl. Ngakoue has delivered 8+ sacks and 14+ QB hits in each of his 4 seasons. He should quickly take over the right DE job from Ifeadi Odenigbo, who has been replacing the departed Everson Griffen. The Jaguars, meanwhile, now have more edge snaps available for 1st-round pick K'Lavon Chaisson. He has reportedly impressed HC Doug Marrone since returning from an early-camp hamstring injury.

Vikings DE Danielle Hunter hasn't practiced since Aug. 14, the team's official opening to camp. That's 10 straight missed practices for Hunter. According to multiple reports, HC Mike Zimmer has revealed only that Hunter is dealing with "a little tweak." Zimmer told ESPN's Courtney Cronin earlier this week that Hunter is "getting a little better every day" and that he'll return when head trainer Eric Sugarman deems the DE ready. The situation obviously adds some risk to the guy currently leading our DL rankings. But the lack of info makes it tough to tell just how much we need to worry. For now, we'd wait a little longer to draft Hunter than normal, though we're not pushing any other D-linemen ahead of him. If you'd rather pass on the uncertainty in your draft, of course, that's a reasonable path. We'll keep an eye out for Hunter's return.

The Associated Press reports that the Vikings will name Gary Kubiak their new OC. Kubiak spent 2019 on the Minnesota staff as an offensive adviser and assistant to HC Mike Zimmer. The move gives Minnesota continuity from the scheme that helped usher in RB Dalvin Cook's 2019 breakout while deploying 1 of the league's most run-heavy approaches. We'd expect plenty more running under an OC who has historically liked his RBs. QB Kirk Cousins, meanwhile, finished 2019 low in QB2 territory, reaching 2 TD passes in just 7 of 15 games. Expect him to remain in QB2 territory in our 2020 fantasy football rankings, and approach Cousins as a platoon option in the double-digit rounds of early best-ball drafting. He and Minnesota's WRs do, at least, present a nice week-to-week ceiling.

Vikings MLB Eric Kendricks left in the 1st half on the Monday night game against the Packers with a quad injury. He's officially questionable to return, but Kendricks could be seen in a sweatshirt on the sideline in the 3rd quarter. He's probably not wearing that back into the game.

Vikings S Harrison Smith (hamstring), DT Linval Joseph (knee) and S Anthony Harris (groin) are active for tonight's game against the Seahawks. Each entered the day questionable but is ready if you waited on him for IDP use.

Vikings DT Linval Joseph (knee), S Harrison Smith (hamstring) and S Anthony Harris (groin) are questionable for Monday night's game against the Seahawks. Joseph and Smith each progressed to full Saturday workouts and look likely to make it back for the game. Harris spent the full week limited and isn't worth waiting on for IDP lineups.

Vikings S Harrison Smith left Sunday's win over the Broncos late with a left hamstring injury. He gets a well-timed Week 12 bye, so we'll see about Smith's status for Week 13.

The Vikings have ruled S Anthony Harris out for Sunday's game against the Broncos because of a groin injury. He put in a limited practice Wednesday before sitting out the next 2 days. Jayron Kearse figures to get the start in his place. Minnesota will also go without DT Linval Joseph for the 2nd straight game. He had an operation on his right meniscus last week but might be back after the Week 12 bye.

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