Sunday, November 29, 2015

harrison smith

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Vikings Helmets On Lockers
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The Vikings will face the Atlanta Falcons today without a key piece of their defense, safety Harrison Smith. Smith, who injured his knee last week against the Packers, is a critical piece of the Vikings defense that is today faced with the task of containing one of the best wide receivers in the game, Julio Jones. Smith will be replaced by Anton Exum Jr. who will get the first start of his career alongside fellow safety Andrew Sendejo.

Rookie cornerback Trae Waynes is also inactive for today’s game. Although Waynes hasn’t played a huge role on defense, he has been a key contributor on special teams as a gunner. He will be replaced today by cornerback Josh Robinson who is active for this first time today since being placed on the physically unable to perform list this preseason.

Here are the rest of today’s inactives:

Vikings Week 12 Inactives 2015
Vikings Week 12 Inactives

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Harrison Smith 2015 vs Packers
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The Vikings have announced that they will be without both safety Harrison Smith (knee) and cornerback Trae Waynes (ankle) for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Smith hurt his knee early in Minnesota’s game last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. He was able to finish the game, but needed to wear a brace on his knee to do so.

Waynes’ injury comes as more of a surprise, as his name did not appear on the injury report until Thursday.

The absence of Smith in the lineup comes as a blow to the Vikings defense that will look to prevent Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones from having a big day. Safety Antone Exum Jr. will likely replace Smith in Minnesota’s starting lineup, as he is listed behind Smith on the team’s depth chart.

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Vikings Injury Report
NamePositionInjuryWed.Thur.Fri. Status
Griffen, EversonDEHip/ShoulderDNPDNPLimitedQuestionable
Smith, HarrisonSKneeDNPDNPLimitedQuestionable
Waynes, TraeCBAnkle________LimitedDNPQuestionable
Barr, AnthonyLBHandFullFullFullProbable
Blanton, RobertSAnkleLimitedFullFullProbable
Bridgewater, TeddyQBLeft ShoulderFullFullFullProbable
Floyd, SharrifDTAnkleLimitedFullFullProbable
Kalil, MattTToeLimitedFullFullProbable
Kendricks, EricLBRibsFullFullFullProbable

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Black Friday shopping sucks. You should curl up with a nice podcast instead and join Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) and me as we chat about the 7-3 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as we prepare to make Atlanta howl on Sunday. The Purple have a prime opportunity to get back up after the Packer debacle and solidify themselves as a playoff team by going into the Georgia Dome and taking care of business against the 6-4 Falcons. Fake crowd noise be damned.

All that and other “Roasted Dirty Birds” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

Read all of Arif’s stuff at The Daily Norseman and Vikings Journal as well as listen to his podcast Norse Code.

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Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful. It also falls on a #ThrowBackThursday, so it’s good synergy to revisit one of my favorite podcast interviews, my chat with KFAN personality and Radio Voice of the Minnesota Vikings Paul Allen (@PAontheMic). The podcast has afforded me many opportunities to chat with some great guests and serve an audience of passionate Vikings football fans and for that I have a tremendous amount to be thankful for.

So sit back and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family, watch some football, take a food coma nap, and if you have some time listen to PA and I talk some Vikings football from April (three weeks before the draft). It’s funny to see where our hot takes when both right and wrong.

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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