Minnesota Vikings Injury Updates | Shark Bites

Minnesota Vikings Injury Updates | Shark Bites

Vikings LB Eric Kendricks still has yet to practice since suffering his calf injury. He remained out for Tuesday's workout, heading toward Friday's game at New Orleans. We'll see about his next couple of days, but don't plan to have Kendricks available for your Week 16 IDP lineup. Todd Davis has been decently productive in Kendricks' place, posting 11, 7 and 8 tackles over his 3 fill-in games. Davis has gone just 3, 3 and 4 in solo tackles but added a sack and a pass breakup in Sunday's loss to Chicago. He'll be in play vs. the Saints if Kendricks sits again.

Vikings LB Eric Kendricks sustained a calf injury during pregame warm-ups for Sunday's win over the Jaguars. Kendricks was on the active roster but didn't play a snap. We'll see about his status heading into Week 14. Todd Davis started in Kendricks' place, played every snap and tallied 11 tackles (3 solo).

According to multiple reports, the Vikings are trading DE Yannick Ngakoue to the Ravens for a 3rd-round pick in 2021 and a conditional 5th-rounder in 2022. Minnesota, of course, just acquired Ngakoue from Jacksonville before the season for a 2nd-round 2021 pick plus the same conditional-level selection. The veteran pass-rusher has produced, delivering 5 sacks in 6 games. Ngakoue will play OLB in Baltimore's 3-4 alignment, but he should retain his DL eligibility in IDP leagues. He figures to take playing time from OLBs Jaylon Ferguson and Tyus Bowser, across from Matt Judon. Minnesota, meanwhile, now counts Ifeadi Odenigbo and Jalyn Holmes as its top 2 DEs -- unless Danielle Hunter is nearing a return from his neck injury. Both teams are on bye this week, so we'll see what else we learn about both situations before their Week 8 contests.

Vikings CB Holton Hill (foot) is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Seahawks. The late kickoff makes him not worth waiting for in most IDP leagues. CB Mike Hughes is off the final injury report after missing the past 2 games with a neck injury.

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 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.

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 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.

 
 
 

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