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Minnesota Vikings Injury Updates

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 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.

The Vikings have ruled DT Linval Joseph out for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys with a knee injury. A Week 12 bye could factor into whether Minnesota brings Joseph back for next week's home date with Denver.

The Vikings have removed OLB Anthony Barr from the injury report. He missed last week's game with a knee injury, allowing Eric Wilson to take over full-time snaps and deliver a big IDP outing (11 tackles, 2 sacks). But with Barr ready to face the Bears, expect Wilson to return to playing about half the game and not offering much IDP value.

The Vikings have ruled LB Eric Kendricks out for Sunday's game against the Lions because of a hamstring injury. Kendricks' absence enhances the fantasy outlook for OLB Anthony Barr, raising his tackle floor.

As expected, Vikings MLB Eric Kendricks is active for tonight's game against the Seahawks. He missed most of the practice week with a rib injury, but HC Mike Zimmer said Kendricks would be "fine" for the game.

Vikings MLB Eric Kendricks is questionable for Monday night's game against the Seahawks with a rib injury. He missed practice Thursday and Friday before returning to a limited Saturday workout. The team expects him to play against Seattle, though. HC Mike Zimmer told the Pioneer Press that Kendricks "will be fine." Plan to have Kendricks available for your IDP lineups. We'll confirm his status Monday evening.

Vikings S Andrew Sendejo (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions. He practiced all week, putting in a full workout Friday after missing the past 3 games and not practicing at all over that span. Sendejo looks on track to play, but it's not a great matchup. Consider him an option but not a special target. CB Xavier Rhodes is also questionable for the game with a foot injury that limited him in practice all week and cost him the Week 8 clash with New Orleans. We'll check Rhodes' status Sunday. He's not an IDP option even if active, but his absence would help Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay.

The Vikings announced Tuesday that DE Everson Griffen will return to the team Wednesday. He missed the past 5 games while dealing with both a knee injury and off-field issues. If Griffen proves ready to return to the lineup this week, he'll be worth considering right away for IDP purposes. We'd rather wait at least through Week 8, with a tough sack matchup against the Saints awaiting. Go ahead and add Griffen in leagues of at least moderate depth, though. He's a top-10 fantasy lineman at full strength.

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.

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 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 MLB Eric Kendricks left in the 1st quarter of Sunday's loss at Washington with a hip injury. He initially left on the team's 1st defensive possession after colliding with teammate Anthony Barr. Kendricks returned but left again shortly thereafter. We'll check on his status this week heading into a high-volume matchup with the Cardinals in Week 11. Barr and Chad Greenway each played nearly 100% of the snaps with Kendricks sidelined.

Vikings S Andrew Sendejo (ankle) is active for today's game against the Lions. He missed last week after suffering his injury in the 1st half of the prior week's loss at Philly. There's likely some re-injury risk here, but Sendejo managed limited practice participation all week. There's also tackle upside against a pass-favoring Lions offense -- especially in a bad matchup for an already shaky Detroit run game. We've added him to the Week 9 DB rankings.

Vikings S Andrew Sendejo will miss Monday night's game against the Bears with the ankle injury that knocked him out of the Week 7 loss at Philly. Rookie Jayron Kearse is expected to make his 1st pro start in Sendejo's place. He made 2 tackles in relief of Sendejo last week and shouldn't be in your IDP plans for Week 8.

Vikings S Andrew Sendejo left Sunday's game at Philadelphia with an ankle injury. He walked off the field before heading to the locker room on a cart. We'll see about his status during the week, but Sendejo's a replaceable asset both for IDP owners and the Minnesota D.

The Vikings on Saturday placed S Michael Griffin on IR with a back injury. That clears the way for S Andrew Sendejo to continue starting next to S Harrison Smith. ESPN reports that Griffin plans to get a 2nd opinion on his back. There's a chance he could gain release from the Vikings and be free to sign elsewhere, but odds stand against him proving fantasy-relevant for IDP owners in 2016.

 
 
 

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