Inactive lists for the Minnesota Vikings and the Miami Dolphins have been released. Vikings below:
|Greenway, Chad||LB||Not Injury Related||-||-||DNP||Probable||Active|
Chad Greenway is playing after leaving to deal with a personal matter—his father passed away on Friday.
Anthony Barr will not play, as he’s had season-ending knee surgery, and in his place will be Gerald Hodges, per usual. This will give the Vikings and fans further ability to evaluate Gerald Hodges as an outside linebacker as they wrestle with the position in the offseason and figure out what to do.
Andrew Sendejo’s showing last week was impressive, and is supplanting Robert Blanton as the starter at strong safety. This is a big change, I think, and may determine the direction of safety acquisition to come. He moved downhill extremely well, played his run fits to a T and did an incredible job sussing out the flow of play. He deserves another look and he’ll get it.
Sharrif Floyd and Everson Griffen are both fully healthy at the same time, which should do a lot to help stifle the underrated run game Lamar Miller is putting together, and may be critical for a Vikings defense that overall is good, but has some issue with the run at times. Xavier Rhodes’ wrist issue from the Lions game seems to have not had a lasting impact; same with Andrew Sendejo’s thumb injury from the same game.
Miami has two linebackers—Koa Misi and Jelani Jenkins—who were inactive last week that are active this week. There aren’t many significant changes from this report that should raise any flags, however. Dallas Thomas isn’t good, so his being inactive shouldn’t change too much for the Dolphins, who are benefiting from a much improved offensive line versus last year. Containing Ryan Tannehill may be more about containing their receiver crops, who outside of Jarvis Landry is not the most impressive unit in the league—even with former Minnesota free agency target Mike Wallace.
A healthy game from Miami’s end could tip the scales in what some already think is a lopsided game in favor of the Dolphins (the Vegas spread opened with a 6.5-point advantage for the home team).