The Vikings will have to take on the Philadelphia Eagles without their star running back Adrian Peterson today, who suffered a foot injury last week in Baltimore. They also won’t have his backup Toby Gerhart available as he is inactive today with a hamstring injury.
Running back Matt Asiata will start today and Joe Banyard, recently activated from the practice squad, will get the lion’s share of the action.
Their starting duo of cornerbacks are also out today. Chris Cook (knee) and Xavier Rhodes (ankle) will not be suiting up. The injuries and other issues have once again blown up the Vikings depth chart at cornerback, which seems to happen on an annual basis, and Marcus Sherels and Shaun Prater are going to be your starters today, according to 1500 ESPN. Not an ideal situation for those holding out hope for an upset win, but certainly can’t hurt Minnesota’s possible run at a top-three draft selection.
Guard Brandon Fusco is also inactive and will be replaced by Joe Berger as the starting right guard.
The good news is that Harrison Smith has been activated for today’s game.Smith suffered an injury on October 13th and hasn’t played since. It remains to be seen just how much playing time the Vikings are willing to give to their star safety, given the game is essentially meaningless, but Smith makes any game more fun to watch.