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Vikings: 8 starters in Week 1 out or doubtful
Chris Cook (Hannah Foslien/Getty)
Posted Nov 6, 2013
The Vikings’ injury report is looking like a M*A*S*H* unit. Eight starters from the opening day are listed as out or doubtful for their Thursday night game against the much healthier Redskins.
The Vikings started the season with
unable to play because of injury and
suspended, but their list of missing starters is growing.
Eight starters from their opening game have either been ruled out or doubtful for Thursday night’s game against the
On offense, that includes TE
, who is out four to six weeks with a fractured foot, RT
, who suffered a concussion Sunday against the
, who suffered an elbow injury and has been declared doubtful.
The hits are worse on defense.
, who was starting the opener for Williams, is out with a knee injury, and NT
is doubtful with chest and knee injuries.
The worst of it is in the secondary, where starting safeties
are both out. Sanford will miss his second straight game with a groin injury and Smith is out until at least December with turf toe. Cornerback
will miss his second straight game with a hip injury and his third game of the season, continuing an injury-riddled career to this point.
Others making appearances on the Vikings’ final injury report are RB
(shoulder), who has been ruled out, and TE
, another opening-day starter who is questionable with an ankle injury that has caused him to miss the last two games.
(chest) are both listed as probable and will be the likely starters, at least in the nickel defense. Linebacker
has played through a wrist injury and is once again listed as probable.
The Redskins are in much better shape for Thursday’s game.
is the only player listed as questionable, and no others are doubtful or out. Thompson has a shoulder injury and was a full participant the last two days of practice. The other five players listed on Washington’s injury report, including LB
(knee), are all probable and have practiced fully the last two days.
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