As always, inactives list have been released for every team, as well as injury reports. First the Vikings:
|McKinnon, Jerick||RB||Low back||DNP||LP||LP||Probable||Active|
The Ben Tate signing will play a role right away, like many expected. Despite having been slowed down by injuries while at Cleveland, Tate will take on Asiata’s role while Asiata waits to get cleared for a concussion. I expect to see very few carries for Tate, and all of those carries to come with zone running plays. Tate is familiar with zone running, and the Vikings tend to play both zone running plays and man blocking plays in the run game. Though that would be a tell, it will still be better for Tate to do something he’s familiar with than run plays he’s never really worked with.
With Sharrif Floyd out, Shamar Stephen will start in his stead. I expect Tom Johnson to take most of the carries, as he’s the better defensive tackle of the two. As Brian Hall pointed out on Twitter, Stephen may be in on running downs, with Johnson in on passing downs. Given that Eddie Lacy has been performing well as of late, it makes sense to make those situational substitutions.
It’s disappointing that David Yankey cannot find himself active on a day when another guard, Austin Wentworth (who also plays tackle) is inactive. That said, Vlad Ducasse is active and has played both tackle and guard positions in the NFL.
Scott Crichton is active for the second time this season (the only other time was the first game of the season, against the Rams).
Then, the Packers
The only significant inactive to me for the Packers is Nick Perry. The Packers are having linebacker issues, and outside linebacker Clay Matthews has played inside while the deep rotation on the outside has covered for his absence there on occasion.
That said, it’s interesting that both guards were DNP-LP-DNP, meaning they missed the first practice, were limited the second and were held out of the third practice again. They’re still active so it may not have a bearing on the game, but it could provide the Vikings a small equalizer up front with Floyd inactive.
Overall, after a healthy Week 11, the Vikings have been bit with the injury bug and are starting a little more behind than usual this week.