The Vikings were already missing Anthony Herrera (concussion) and Antoine Winfield (foot) on Sunday. The hope (as was the hope last week) is that both of these guys will be ready to go on Sunday against the Bengals.
However, injury worries now run a lot deeper than they did before Sunday night’s game against the Cardinals. And I am not just referring to E.J. Henderson’s broken leg.
Bryant McKinnie and Phil Loadholt, the Vikings big bookends on the offensive line, were each forced to exit Sunday’s game causing the Vikings to scramble very deep into their reserves. Even Jon Cooper and Ryan Cook saw some playing time.
Tyrell Johnson (concussion) and Cedric Griffin (head) getting injured was the icing on the cake for a secondary that had an absolutely horrid night.
Visanthe Shiancoe (ribs) aggravated an injury that caused him to be listed as limited on the injury report prior to the game.
As if all that wasn’t bad enough, Brett Favre hurt throwing hand when he hit it on an opponent’s helmet.
Brad Childress said of the situation, “Our egos are extremely bruised. Typically when I look at the injury list, with a loss there’s generally a longer list of injuries than with a win. Over the course of time, that’s the way it appears to be. But about the same as everybody else. Lots of nicks and knacks on there, but I think we’ll have a good number of guys show up and be able to practice on Wednesday.”
Let’s hope that Coach’s optimism turns into fact.