Sunday, December 4, 2016

Captain Munnerlyn

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Vikings take on Cardinals
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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

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Five thoughts on the Vikings loss to the Redskins.

defense
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1. So…what happened to the defense?

It’s not just a one- or two-game fluke, it’s now a legitimate problem; the defense has gone from great to average, and that’s as big a reason for the losing streak as anything else. Looking at the season split in two—the five wins versus the four losses—paints a clear picture of how dramatically this defense has lost its punch.

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Two Cornerbacks Out as Vikings Take on Redskins
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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

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Alex Boone Injured in Vikings Win
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Lost in the excitement of yesterday’s win over the Carolina Panthers is the potential loss of Alex Boone. The Minnesota Vikings’ starting left guard was injured in the second quarter and did not return to the game. His hip injury will require an MRI this afternoon and adds another offensive lineman to Eric Sugarman’s cadre of “patients.”

Boone’s status is up-in-the-air, leaving the Vikings without two starters up front. Matt Kalil underwent hip surgery of his own on Thursday, ending his season just two games into the 2016 campaign. Second-year tackle T.J. Clemmings stepped into Kalil’s role on Sunday, performing well enough to keep Sam Bradford upright against the Panthers.

Jeremiah Sirles replaced Boone midway through the second quarter and held his own against a stout Carolina front. Asked after the game if he was worried about the injury, Boone simply told Brian Murphy, “All fine, all good.”

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The Vikings have started hot enough to keep hope alive, but an NFL team’s postseason hopes are contingent on their injury report, so Vikings fans have had plenty to fret about since that fateful practice that led to Teddy Bridgewater missing the entire season.

The injuries are piling up, with left tackle Matt Kalil and running back Adrian Peterson the latest to create headlines and cause concern, but the 2-0 Vikings still present reasons for optimism to their loyal fans.

Today, I’m taking you around the web to visit all of our friends and see what is being written about this team, via our weekly “Links of the Week” tradition.

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