Today, the Minnesota Vikings will try to stop Todd Gurley without two of their best defensive players; linebacker Eric Kendricks and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd. Both are inactive for what is the Vikings’ most important game of the season, as Minnesota will look to gain ground on the division-leading Green Bay Packers in the NFC North.
In their place, Audie Cole and Tom Johnson will start. Last season, Cole started the Vikings’ Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears and recorded 11 tackles. He’s shown the ability to step up when called on, though the loss of Kendricks will surely hurt the Vikings in blitzing situations. Johnson, meanwhile, has played well in place of Floyd. Below, a look at the rest of the team’s inactives:
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The team is fortunate to have Stefon Diggs and Anthony Barr active for today’s game, as both will play critical roles in delivering a win over the Rams. Diggs has been battling a hamstring injury, while Barr is recovering from a sore lower back.
Stay tuned for more coverage from Vikings Territory throughout the day! We’re just 20 minutes away from kickoff!