Vikings at Dolphins Wednesday Injury Report

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Anthony Barr (knee), S Robert Blanton (ankle, knee), G Charlie Johnson (ankle), DT Linval Joseph (illness), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Matt Asiata (foot), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), WR Greg Jennings (hamstring), DE Brian Robison (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Xavier Rhodes (wrist), S Andrew Sendejo (thumb)
MIAMI DOLPHINS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Nate Garner (illness), G Dallas Thomas (foot), RB Daniel Thomas (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Charles Clay (hamstring), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle), LB Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), LB Jelani Jenkins (foot), S Don Jones (shoulder), LB Koa Misi (hamstring, knee), CB Jamar Taylor (shoulder)

Video: CBS NFL Week 15 Preview – Vikings at Lions

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions.

Vikings vs Lions NFL Week 15 Game Capsule

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-7) AT DETROIT LIONS (9-4)

SERIES

VIKINGS LIONS
SERIES LEADER 69-35-2
STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Zimmer: 0-1 Caldwell: 2-0
LAST WEEK W 30-24 (OT) vs. Jets W 34-17 vs. Buccaneers
LAST GAME 10/12/14: Lions 17 at Vikings 3. Detroit RB Joique Bell rushes for 74 yards & TD & RB Theo Riddick adds 75 receiving yards & TD catch. LB Tahir Whitehead records 2 INTs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/8/13: Lions 34, Vikings 24. Detroit RB Reggie Bush rushes for 90 yards & catches four passes for 101 yards, including 77-yard TD. Bell adds 2 rushing TDs.
BROADCAST FOX (4:25 PM ET): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 92 (Min.), 135 (Det.). XM: 227 (Det.).

STATS

PASSING Bridgewater (R): 192-310-2136-10-8-82.4 Stafford: 304-494-3644-18-10-87.8
RUSHING Asiata: 118-385-3.3-6 Bell: 182-664-3.6-6
RECEIVING Jennings: 50-598-12.0-4 Tate: 84 (3C)-1186 (3C)-14.1-3
OFFENSE 309.2 349.2
TAKE/GIVE +1 +6
DEFENSE 348.1 295.7 (2L)
SACKS Griffen: 12 (2C) Ansah: 7.5
INTs
  1. Smith: 4 (T2C)
Quin: 5 (1C)
PUNTING Locke: 44.2 Martin: 47.1 (3C)
KICKING Walsh: 89 (23/23 PAT; 22/28 FG) Prater: 64 (16/16 PAT; 16/20 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: Rookie QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER has won 5 starts. In past 2, has 119 rating, 4 TDs & 1 INT…RB MATT ASIATA rushed for career-high 115 yards vs. Det. (12/29/13) & had 8.2 avg…WR JARIUS WRIGHT had GW 87-yard TD in OT last week, 2nd longest OT TD pass in NFL history. Had 123 yards, 2nd career 100-yard game. WR CHARLES JOHNSON had 1st career 100-yard game (103) last week, incl. career-long 56-yard TD. WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 50-yard rush TD & 8-yard rec. TD in 12/29/13 meeting, only game in career with both rush & rec. TD. In 14 games vs. Det., WR GREG JENNINGS’ team are 11-3 (.786)…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 5 sacks in past 5 meetings, incl. sack in Week 6. Has 10 sacks in past 9. LB GERALD HODGES had 1st career INT & INT-TD last week. S HARRISON SMITH aims for 3rd in row with sack. DE BRIAN ROBISON has sack in 4 of past 6. DT TOM JOHNSON had sack in Week 6…LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has completed 60 of 79 (75.9 pct.) for 701 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.4 rating in past 2…RB REGGIE BUSH had rec. TD in both games vs. Min. last year. Had 256 scrimmage yards (134 rec., 122 rush) in those 2. In last home meeting, had 101 rec. yards with TD (77 yards) & rushed for 90 yards. RB JOIQUE BELL has 240 scrimmage yards (120 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2…WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 19 catches for 304 yards (152 per game) & 3 TDs in past 2. In past 19 at home, has 135 catches for 2,343 yards (123.3 per game) & 14 TDs. Since 2011, leads NFL with 6,019 rec. yards & 107.5 rec. yards per game. In past 10, WR GOLDEN TATE has 68 catches for 985 yards (98.5 per game) & 3 TDs…LB DE ANDRE LEVY had 2 sacks vs. TB. Leads team with 121 tackles. Has 7 INTs since 2013, most by NFL LB. DT NDAMUKONG SUH had 2 sacks in Week 6 vs. Min. In past 8, DE EZEKIEL ANSAH has 6.5 sacks & 3 FFs. Had 2.5 sacks & FF in Week 6. S JAMES IHEDIGBO aims for 4th in row with INT. Has INT in 4 of past 5. S GLOVER QUIN aims for 3rd in row with INT. Has INT in 3 of past 4 at home.

Vikings at Lions Wednesday Injury Report

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Anthony Barr (knee), S Robert Blanton (ankle, knee), RB Jerome Felton (neck), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), G Charlie Johnson (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Everson Griffen (back), S Harrison Smith (shoulder)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Jabari Price (hamstring)
DETROIT LIONS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Reggie Bush (ankle), LB Josh Bynes (illness), DT Nick Fairley (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), T LaAdrian Waddle (head)

Wright’s 87-Yard TD Leads Vikings To 30-24 OT Win Over Jets

It took beating the blitz and making the right call Sunday to help the Vikings top the New York Jets 30-24 in overtime to take home a win that hopefully will help set up a solid final month of 2014.

Teddy Bridgewater and Jarius Wright ended the game with an electrifying 87-yard touchdown on a screen pass after Bridgewater saw the Jets dial up a blitz to try and stop the Vikings.

The play was the second-longest overtime passing touchdown in NFL history.

“We ran it a couple other times,” Wright said. “I thought in my head there was a chance to score.”

Bridgewater saw the Jets ready to bring heavy pressure on third-and-5, so he used a check to call for the bubble screen pass. Jets coach Rex Ryan second-guessed himself for the blitz.

“He hadn’t hit anything against it all day. Probably showed our hand a little too early there,” Ryan said, adding: “But I came here to win the game, not just play it close. Obviously, so that’s clearly on my shoulders.”

Bridgewater threw a bit high, but Wright jumped for the off-balance grab, slipped by Jaiquawn Jarrett and outran defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson the rest of the way with a block by John Sullivan to help spring the sprint.

“I just missed the tackle. There’s no excuse for that. I’ve got to get him on the ground,” Jarrett said.

Cordarrelle Patterson, the player the Vikings drafted last year to take Harvin’s place, was again a nonfactor with the offense and lost a fumble on a kickoff that led to one of five field goals by Nick Folk, who tied the game at 24 with 23 seconds left in regulation.

Gerald Hodges returned an interception thrown by Geno Smith for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, but the much-maligned second-year quarterback bounced back for the Jets (2-11) by going 18 for 29 for 254 yards and tallying 33 yards rushing on six attempts. Smith was just 7 of 13 for 49 yards against Miami in the last game.

The Jets totaled 410 yards of offense, their second-highest output this season.

“We didn’t cover anybody today. We let them off on third downs. We didn’t protect the quarterback nearly as well as I’d thought,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, listing his disappointments. “We were sloppy with the ball. I don’t know. How much time you got?”

Richardson had a safety among his three sacks, but Bridgewater wasn’t rattled by that big hit he took in his own end zone in the first quarter. He finished 19 of 27 for 309 yards and two touchdowns. Charles Johnson caught the first one for 56 yards and totaled 103 yards on four receptions.

Johnson almost scored again in the second quarter, when Bridgewater connected as he was hit for a 22-yard gain to the goal line. Johnson fumbled as he tried to reach across, but Jerome Felton dived between two Jets to recover it in the end zone for his first career score and a 21-12 lead for the Vikings.

“Go out there and let it rip and don’t worry about overthinking things and trying to be perfect,” has become Bridgewater’s mantra, at the urging of quarterbacks coach Scott Turner. Said Bridgewater: “Because when you try to be perfect, that’s when you make mistakes.”

Jets at Vikings NFL Week 14 Inactives

Jets: TE Jace Amaro, G Dakota Dozier, G Wesley Johnson, WR Walter Powell, CB Josh Thomas, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, QB Matt Simms.

Vikings: CB Jabari Price, FB Zach Line, LB Anthony Barr, LB Brandon Watts, G David Yankey, T J’Marcus Webb, DE Scott Crichton.

Charles Johnson To Stay In Lineup in Place of Cordarrelle Patterson

Charles Johnson has started the past two games for the Minnesota Vikings at split end and was on the field for all but one snap in a win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

He’s still officially listed third on the Vikings’ depth chart, but offensive coordinator Norv Turner said on Thursday what has seemed obvious: Johnson is the team’s starting split end, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports.

In response to a question about Cordarrelle Patterson‘s lack of playing time on Sunday, Turner listed Johnson’s strong play as one of the reasons Patterson’s role has changed with the Vikings. “CJ is playing at a high level,” he said. “CJ is the starter at X [receiver]. That’s the position Cordarrelle plays. We’re going to do what we can to give him some opportunities to play there, but CJ’s playing at a real high level right now.”

Turner repeated what coach Mike Zimmer said earlier this week about the Vikings’ limited role for Patterson on Sunday, saying it was due to the amount of practice time Patterson missed. The receiver, who was at a funeral for a family member of his daughter’s mother, was not at practice on Wednesday or Thursday last week as the Vikings prepared for Carolina.

“Anyone that’s in a situation where he didn’t play last week would be frustrated,” Turner said. “But Cordarrelle knows. He wasn’t here all week. He missed Monday and Tuesday — Monday, we have our meetings — he missed Wednesday and Thursday, he was out of town at a funeral. It’s hard to get ready; we have a totally different game plan for Carolina. And then you combine it with blocking two punts in the first half, and us not really having the ball. I expect Cordarrelle to play, and play like he has.”

“I hope I get more playing time than I did last week — only three reps,” Patterson said. “That’s not always good. We’ll see how this week goes.”

Jets at Vikings Thursday Injury Report

NEW YORK JETS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Jace Amaro (concussion), TE Jeff Cumberland (illness), K Nick Folk (right hip), WR Jeremy Kerley (illness), WR Greg Salas (hamstring), CB Josh Thomas (illness), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (toe)
Thursday TE Jace Amaro (concussion), WR Greg Salas (hamstring), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (toe)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday TE Jeff Cumberland (illness), K Nick Folk (right hip), WR Jeremy Kerley (illness)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday G Willie Colon (shoulder, knee), RB Chris Johnson (knee)
Thursday G Willie Colon (shoulder, knee), RB Chris Johnson (knee), CB Josh Thomas (illness)
MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Anthony Barr (knee), TE Rhett Ellison (ankle), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), RB Jerick McKinnon (back), CB Jabari Price (hamstring)
Thursday LB Anthony Barr (knee), RB Jerick McKinnon (back), CB Jabari Price (hamstring)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Chase Ford (hamstring, foot)
Thursday TE Rhett Ellison (ankle), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), TE Chase Ford (hamstring, foot)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin)
Thursday TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin)

Jets vs Vikings NFL Week 14 Capsule

NEW YORK JETS (2-10) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-7)

SERIES

JETS VIKINGS
SERIES LEADER 8-1
STREAKS Past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Ryan: 1-0 Zimmer: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 16-13 vs. Dolphins W 31-13 vs. Panthers
LAST GAME 10/11/10: Vikings 20 at Jets 29. New York RB LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for 94 yards & RB Shonn Greene rushes for TD. Jets S Dwight Lowery records 26-yard INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/17/06: Jets 26, Vikings 13. New York WR Laveranues Coles catches 12 passes for 144 yards & TD. Jets RB Cedric Houston adds 53 rushing yards & TD.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 113 (NYJ), 138 (Min.). XM: 232 (Min.).

STATS

PASSING
  1. Smith: 148-258-1524-7-11-65.8
Bridgewater (R): 173-283-1827-8-7-79.0
RUSHING Ivory: 146-641-4.4-5 McKinnon (R): 113-538-4.8-0
RECEIVING Decker: 49-531-10.8-4 Jennings: 45-546-12.1-4
OFFENSE 311.5 300.8
TAKE/GIVE -12 +1
DEFENSE 322.0 342.9
SACKS Wilkerson: 4.5 Griffen: 11 (2C)
INTs Jarrett: 2
  1. Smith: 4 (T1C)
PUNTING Quigley: 45.8 Locke: 43.9
KICKING Folk: 76 (16/16 PAT; 20/24 FG) Walsh: 83 (20/20 PAT; 21/25 FG)

NOTES

JETS: In 7 career games vs. NFC, QB GENO SMITH has 1,438 pass yards & 10 total TDs (8 pass, 2 rush). Aims for 5th in row with TD pass vs. NFC…RB CHRIS JOHNSON led team with season-high 105 rush yards on 17 att. (6.2 avg.) last week. Has 2 rush TDs in 2 career meetings. Since entering NFL in 2008, ranks 2nd in NFL with 8,470 rush yards. In only career meeting (12/18/11 w/ NO), RB CHRIS IVORY rushed for 74 yards…WR PERCY HARVIN is 1 of 2 active NFL players with 20+ rec. TDs (20) & 5+ rush TDs (5). WR GREG SALAS scored 1st career TD last week (20-yard run)… JACE AMARO (Rd. 2, No. 49 overall) leads NFL rookie TEs in catches (34) & rec. yards (291)…LBs DEMARIO DAVIS & DAVID HARRIS are tied for team lead in tackles (90). Since 2007, Harris is 1 of 4 NFL players with 25+ sacks (27.5) & 6+ INTs (6). Last week, CB DARRIN WALLS posted 1st INT since 2011…VIKINGS: Rookie QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER had career-high 120.7 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2 pass TDs…In past 7 at home, RB MATT ASIATA has 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.). RB JERICK MC KINNON is 2nd among NFC rookies with 538 rush yards…WR GREG JENNINGS & TE KYLE RUDOLPH each had TD catch last week. Jennings had 6 catches for 81 yards in last meeting (10/31/10 with GB). Rudolph has TD catch in 5 of past 9 games vs. AFC. WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in past 4 vs. AFC. WR CHARLES JOHNSON is averaging 18.6 yards per catch in past 2 (5 catches, 93 yards)…Vikings had 2 blocked-punt TDs last week, 1st team with 2 in 1 half since 1975 Lions. WR ADAM THIELEN had blocked punt & return TD. LB JASPER BRINKLEY had blocked punt & DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had return TD. Griffen had 2 sacks & has 9 sacks in past 8. Has 4.5 sacks & FF in past 3 vs. AFC. CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN had 41-yard INT-TD in last game vs. NYJ (12/15/13 with Car.). Since 2012, ranks 2nd in NFL with 4 INT-TDs & S HARRISON SMITH ties for 3rd with 3 INT-TDs. LB CHAD GREENWAY had team-high 10 tackles in last meeting.

Turner Says Jerick McKinnon Still Vikings Number One Back

Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner says that rookie Jerick McKinnon remains the team’s No.1 running back despite claiming Ben Tate off of waivers yesterday according to Chris Tomasson of theSt. Paul Pioneer-Press.

“We’re excited about Jerick and what he’s done and I see him as our running back,” Turner said. According to the OC, Tate is just an “insurance” policy with McKinnon resting a back injury and Matt Asiata unlikely to play in Week 12 after suffering a concussion last week in a loss to the Chicago Bears.

If Tate is going to threaten McKinnon’s No. 1 status, it is not going to be in Week 12 with just four days to learn the playbook. We would still be surprised if Tate does not see more work going forward in this Adrian Peterson-less backfield.