The revolving door that is the Minnesota’s Vikings’ inactive list continues to swing. Last week, it was Eric Kendricks and Alex Boone on the sidelines for the Vikings. And this week, two more starters take their place.
As announced on the team’s official website, both Captain Munnerlyn and Marcus Sherels are out for today’s game against the Washington Redskins. Munnerlyn hurt his ankle in Minnesota’s Week 10 loss, as did Sherels. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are capable of returning punts, while Terence Newman and Mackensie Alexander can slide into the Nickel corner spot if need be.
The rest of the team’s inactive players include:
- QB Taylor Heinicke
- WR Laquon Treadwell
- CB Captain Munnerlyn
- CB Marcus Sherels
- G Willie Beavers
- C Zac Kerin
- DT Sharrif Floyd
Treadwell, who played 17 snaps against the Detroit Lions and recorded his first career reception, is inactive. According to Chris Tomasson, he injured his hamstring in practice on Thursday and couldn’t recover quickly enough to suit up today. Jarius Wright is active in Treadwell’s place and could see some play in Pat Shurmur’s quick-hitting, pass-heavy offense.
For the most part — especially this season — the Vikings are a healthy team. Forget the injuries to Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson, and a litany of other players; it’s the ones on the field that matter.
And this week, the Vikings are nearly 100 percent across the board. The offensive line is at “full” strength, Sam Bradford is still upright, and the defense will have Linval Joseph back after a shoulder injury kept him out of this week’s practices.
Washington is without two starters this week in running back Matt Jones and wide receiver Desean Jackson. That should be a boon to Minnesota’s defense, which has struggled in recent weeks shutting anyone down.
The rest of the Redskins’ inactives include QB Nate Sudfeld (third quarterback), DL Matt Ioannidis, G Arie Kouandjio, DL Jordan Hill and T Blaine Clausell.