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Vikings DT Linval Joseph (ankle, knee, shoulder) is inactive for today's game against the Jets. His absence helps the Jets' rushing outlook. Pro Football Focus grades Joseph among the top one-third of interior defenders in run D. That doesn't propel Isaiah Crowell or Bilal Powell into attractive fantasy territory, but it makes each more palatable if you need 1 of them.

Vikings S Andrew Sendejo will miss his 2nd straight game Sunday with a groin injury. DT Linval Joseph is questionable for the visit to the Jets. He's listed with ankle, knee and shoulder injuries and put in just a single limited practice on Friday. We'd try not to use Joseph in IDP lineups this week even if he's active.

Vikings DE Everson Griffen isn't expected to return to the team "anytime soon," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Griffen has reportedly been dealing with mental issues, so there's no way for us to gauge what to expect here. IDP owners will need to decide whether to just eat the dead roster spot to hang on to Griffen's upside or drop him for someone who can help now.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said Tuesday that DE Everson Griffen will not travel with the team for Thursday night's game against the Rams, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Griffen will instead stay behind to work through recent mental-health issues, which currently have him hospitalized. We'll see how long Griffen remains out. IDP owners should plan as though we'll miss Griffen for at least a few weeks. Stephen Weatherly stepped in to play 76% of the snaps in the loss to Buffalo, but we wouldn't use him against a much tougher Rams front.

According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, Vikings DE Everson Griffen "has been dealing for weeks with a serious, personal health-related issue." The team is aware of the issue and reportedly working with Griffen on it. GM Rick Spielman said in a statement that the Vikings are "certainly concerned by what we have heard" and that they are "currently focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family." KSTP-TV in Minneapolis reports that Griffen was involved in a Saturday incident at a hotel where he allegedly threatened hotel staff. Connecting the dots here, it sounds like Griffen has some mental-health issues to work through and could be facing criminal charges. We'll see what comes of the situation and how it affects his availability for IDP lineups. If you own Griffen in fantasy, go ahead and seek some roster insurance.

The Vikings have ruled DE Everson Griffen out for Sunday's game against the Bills because of a knee injury. The defense remains a top play against Buffalo's putrid offense.

Vikings DE Everson Griffen missed practice Wednesday with a toe injury. We'll watch his status through the week heading into a Bills matchup with enormous upside.

The Vikings on Friday announced that they have signed DT Sheldon Richardson. He spent a quiet 2017 with the Seahawks but remains a big talent and joins a loaded Minnesota D-line. Richardson will play alongside DT Linval Joseph and DEs Everton Griffen and Danielle Hunter. All carry IDP intrigue, and Minnesota figures to rank among the top defenses in both real life and fantasy in 2018

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Vikings OLB Anthony Barr came away from Sunday's win over the Packers with a concussion. He'll now need to pass through the league protocol before returning to action.

The Vikings will have CB Xavier Rhodes (hip) and LB Anthony Barr (hamstring) on the field for today's game against the Steelers. Each entered the day questionable. Neither is much of an IDP option.

Vikings S Harrison Smith had surgery this offseason on the high ankle sprain that ended his 2016 campaign early, according to ESPN.com. Smith had said in January that he would not need surgery. He's still expected to be ready for the 2017 season. IDP owners should keep an eye on whether he starts training camp on time, but this isn't a situation to worry about in spring.

The Vikings have placed S Andrew Sendejo (knee) on IR. That could leave either Jayron Kearse or Anthony Harris seeing time in his absence. Kearse primarily replaced Sendejo earlier this season, while Harris stepped in when Harrison Smith was out. Neither should be in your IDP plans if you're still playing out the year, but the situation doesn't alter the fantasy outlook for the Minnesota team D.

Vikings S Harrison Smith (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Packers. He missed the past 2 games but returned to the practice field this week. Smith put in a limited workout Thursday and then full participation Friday. We'll see about Smith's game status, though there's still some risk here. Smith has been a solid tackle producer when healthy this year but hasn't deliver much in the big-play departments. He'll be a just-OK IDP option if active.

The St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports that Vikings S Harrison Smith will miss Sunday's game against the Jaguars with a Grade 3 high left ankle sprain, the most severe variety. There's also reportedly a chance that Smith will miss the rest of the season. The injury certainly doesn't bode well for his participation over the next 3 weeks. IDP owners can go ahead and drop Smith for an immediate option. The Vikings' team D takes a hit with the Smith loss but remains a top fantasy option -- especially this week at Jacksonville.

Vikings S Harrison Smith had a walking boot on his left foot and left the stadium on crutches after Thursday night's loss to the Cowboys, according to USA Today's Tom Pelissero. Smith has been playing through a left ankle issue, which might have gotten worse against Dallas. Smith now gets a long week before Minnesota's next game, so we'll see about his status next week -- or sooner if the team provides any updates.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer's status for Thursday night's game against the Cowboys is "uncertain" after he underwent emergency eye surgery on the Wednesday, the team announced. It's certainly not an ideal scenario for a team that's topped 20 points in just 1 of its last 6 games. WR Stefon Diggs and TE Kyle Rudolph should be the only Vikings on your Week 13 radar.

Update: Zimmer will miss the game.

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