The Minnesota Vikings are at full strength as they host the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10. For a team that’s dealt with major injuries from the very beginning of 2016, the clean bill of health couldn’t come at a better time.
Facing the prospects of a five-game losing streak, it’s imperative the Vikings win this afternoon and improve their playoff chances. That may be easier than expected, as the Cardinals are without a few of their impact players.
The Vikings’ full list of inactive players includes:
- QB Taylor Heinicke
- WR Jarius Wright
- LB Edmond Robinson
- G Zac Kerin
- T Rashod Hill
- DT Sharrif Floyd
- TE David Morgan
Missing from this week’s list are two of Minnesota’s defensive starters — cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and linebacker Eric Kendricks. Munnerlyn injured his ankle earlier in the year and was forced to sit against the Washington Redskins.
Kendricks, who started the game, left the field in the first half after a scary collision with teammate Anthony Barr. The hit left Kendricks with a hip injury, but he’s healthy enough to suit up and start for Mike Zimmer today. Xavier Rhodes suffered a concussion last week, but has cleared the NFL’s protocol and will start opposite Terence Newman today.
The Vikings are also fortunate to have Marcus Sherels back returning punts. Sherels hurt his ankle against the Redskins, but will resume return duties and hopefully, spark some special teams scoring for the Vikings.
On the offensive line, T.J. Clemmings gets the start at left tackle, while Jeremiah Sirles will man the right tackle position. The switch, another in the long saga of offensive line shuffling, comes after the torn Achilles suffered by Jake Long last week.
The Arizona Cardinals are without Tyron Mathieu, arguably the team’s most dangerous defensive weapon. For a full list of the team’s inactive players, follow this link.