The Vikings were hoping some of the dings and dents suffered on Sunday would heal quickly enough to not impact Thursday night’s matchup against Washington. It is looking like that is just wishful thinking.
The Vikings have already ruled out defensive backs Chris Cook and Jamarca Sanford. Defensive tackle Fred Evans has also been ruled out while starter LeTroy Guion is listed as doubtful, giving way for Chase Baker to see extensive action. Xavier Rhodes is listed as probable and will likely start at cornerback across from Josh Robinson, with Mistral Raymond and Robert Blanton filling in for Raymond at safety.
On offense, Christian Ponder will have the odds even more stacked against him as he will likely be missing two starters on the offensive line, not to mention tight end Kyle Rudolph. Phil Loadholt has already been ruled out and J’Marcus Webb will be filling in at right tackle. Charlie Johnson is listed as doubtful, so Joe Berger is likely to get the start in his place. Tight end Rhett Ellison is listed as questionable with an ankle injury that has caused him to miss time and backup running back Matt Asiata will miss another game while dealing with the tragic death of his father.
The Indigenous People of the Potomac Region, however, have only one rookie backup running back (Chris Thompson) listed as questionable. Five others are on their injury report, but they are all listed as probable.
In short, the Vikings are hurting far worse than the Redskins as we forge into the second half of a very, very long 2013 season.