The Minnesota Vikings have released their list of inactives, we’re still waiting on the Patriots
|Peterson, Adrian||RB||Not Injury Related||–||DNP||FP||Probable||Inactive|
Mike Harris being active is new; he was not active the other day. Sharrif Floyd and Xavier Rhodes being active is good news after limited practice all week and some questions about their availability.
Last night, the Patriots indicated that starting linebacker Jamie Collins is out, as well as defensive end Michael Buchanan and interior offensive lineman Ryan Wendell. Collins, a starting linebacker, will be difficult to replace given their thin linebacker corps. They released his backup (Darius Fleming) last night and signed Deontae Skinner in his stead. He likely won’t be active, so the only backup linebacker is Chris White. The Patriots will be in nickel whenever it makes sense for them, as Logan Ryan is far better to have on the field in an average situation more than Chris White.
UPDATE: Patriots inactives in:
With Dennard also out, it really stresses whoever is going to be the eleventh defender for the Patriots, who I expect to be Kyle Arrington more often than Chris White. Kenbrell Thompkins’ absence doesn’t mean much in light of the fact that Aaron Dobson will be in. Though Dobson plays a different role, there shouldn’t be any change in their game plan or in the Vikings’.