Until this week, the Vikings have had a pretty fortunate year when it comes to injuries.
However, today the Vikings listed a quarter of their roster on the injury report. A quarter is a lot, especially considering the majority of our injured players are starters. Let’s take a look at them all:
DID NOT PARTICPATE:
- Percy Harvin (illness): “The Sick One” is at it again. Harvin has reportedly suffered from migraines at various points throughout this season, and I would expect that this is more of the same.
- Adrian Peterson (ankle/foot): Peterson has struggled with ankle issues all year, and he limped off the field late in Sunday’s game. While Peterson will refuse to use the ankle as an excuse for his unimpressive outing, one has to wonder how much it is actually bothering him. This is another example of why Childress should have pulled the starters after Henderson went down with an injury. It was obvious from the effort and play calls at that point that the team had given up on winning the game anyways.
- Tyrell Johnson (concussion): Johnson suffered a concussion last week, and was replaced by Jamarca Sanford. Quite frankly, Johnson’s poor performance in recent weeks is all the more reason to keep him from rushing back onto the field in an era of uber-caution when dealing with concussions.
- Phil Loadholt (shoulder): Loadholt had to exit the game on Sunday during the first quarter. He was able to return later, and the thinking is that he dislocated his shoulder. The fact that Loadholt was able to return to the game is a good sign for his status this week, but nothing is a guarantee.
LIMITED IN PRACTICE:
- Cedric Griffin (neck): Our starting corner appeared to be in quite a bit of pain when he went down. The fact that Griffin was able to partially participate in practice makes me much less concerned than I was when I first saw him go down. Still, a neck injury is nothing to take lightly, and it is conceivable that Griffin misses the Bengals game.
- Steve Hutchinson (shoulder): Hutch has not been his normal self this year, which could explain some things about our running game’s struggles, ever since he injured his back earlier this year. A shoulder injury also limits his ability to play his best game.
- Bryant McKinnie (ankle): McKinnie also had to exit the game on Sunday but was able to return. Like with Loadholt, McKinnie’s ability to return after the injury is a good sign, but these nagging injuries are starting to add up on the O-Line.
- Visanthe Shiancoe (ribs): This injury happened two weeks ago, and Shiancoe was able to play on Sunday. He seemed to aggravate the injury again on Sunday.
- Pat Williams (foot): Pat had one of his best games of the year on Sunday, but he is getting older and these injuries may cause him to struggle more than the younger guys.
- Bernard Berrian (hamstring): This isn’t a new injury and Berrian’s production would lead a person to believe that the hammy is still bugging him. I would expect he plays again this week.
- Anothony Herrera (concussion): Herrera expressed today that he’ll be ready to go on Sunday after missing the last two games. This is good news, considering that John Sullivan is the only starter on the offensive line that has not made the injury report this week.
- Karl Paymah (knee): Paymah was awful against the Cardinals. Not only did his coverage skills prove to be a liability again, but he missed big time on two occasions when covering punts. The most disastrous was when Paymah broke contain and allowed Steve Breaston to cut past him for a return that set the Cardinals up inside the Vikings ten yard line. The knee injury just means he’ll probably be even less dependable. Asher Allen anybody?
OUT FOR THE SEASON
- E.J. Henderson (leg): It is no secret that we lost E.J. for the season and possibly longer to a gruesome broken leg. Henderson returned back to Minnesota today on one of Zygi Wilf’s private jets.
- Antoine Winfield (foot): Okay, so he’s not done for the season. But every time I say something like “I expect to see him back this week” he disappoints me greatly. So a little reverse psychology couldn’t hurt, could it?
Overall, the Vikings have lost their starting middle linebacker and defensive captain for the year. Another 13 players were listed on Wednesday’s injury report.
Things are starting to look a bit scary around here.
The Vikings did promote tight end Garrett Mills from the practice squad to the active roster. They also signed tackle Drew Radovich to their practice squad. The moves are not surprising because they have good depth at linebacker, an ailing offensive line, and Radovich is a familiar face from 2008.
The Vikings also signed another familiar face to the practice squad. Jeremy Leman has been signed to help bolster the linebacker depth.