Monday, December 18, 2017

Mike Remmers

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The injury reports for both the Vikings and Bengals are lengthy this week.

Multiple starters on each team are in jeopardy of missing Sunday’s game. The Vikings will be without slot cornerback Mackensie Alexander and most likely will not see starting tight end Kyle Rudoph Sunday. Minnesota also lost tight end Blake Bell for the season due to a shoulder injury.

The team made some roster moves Friday in order to account for the absences at tight end.

The Bengals will essentially be down all three of their starting linebackers. Starter Kevin Minter was placed on IR this week and is done for the season. That’s going to hurt Cincinnati’s run defense, which is already ranked 32nd in the NFL. The Bengals will also be without starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.

With the Viking looking to clinch the NFC North division for the second straight week, the injury situation could give them a leg up (no pun intended) as they look to finish the season strong and secure a playoff berth in front of their home fans on Sunday.

BREAKING NEWS: According to ESPN Cincinnati Bengals reporter Katherine Terrell’s Twitter feed, running back Joe Mixon did NOT pass the concussion protocol and will miss Sunday’s game. Also, Bengals offensive lineman T.J. Johnson was placed on injured reserve today.

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Vikings should get Pat Elflein, Mike Remmers, and maybe Riley Reiff back Sunday.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was in a better mood Wednesday at his press conference. That may have something to do with the health of his beat-up offensive line.

Zimmer was calm today when asked how he felt about the offensive line heading into Sunday’s game against Cincinnati.

“I feel pretty good. I think we’ll get a lot of them back,” Zimmer continued. “We should get [Pat] Elfein back this week, I think we should get [Mike] Remmers back. There’s a good chance, a possibility of getting [Riley] Reiff back.”

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The Minnesota Vikings season up to this point has just been the calm before the Storm.

The Vikings signed offensive tackle Storm Norton to the practice squad Tuesday. The team waived safety Jack Tocho.

Norton is 6-foot 8 and 306 pounds. He played college football at Toledo in Ohio. The 23 year-old was signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2017. He spent training camp with Detroit and has spent time on the Lions and Arizona Cardinals practice squads throughout the season.

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The Vikings lost 31-24 Sunday to a good team on the road. From the start, it looked like one of those days where nothing would go right, and Minnesota committed uncharacteristic errors throughout the game. They turned the ball over three times, dropped five passes (matching their season total entering the day), and were defensively out of position on two decisive runs. The defense extended drives with incidental penalties and was beaten for a touchdown on a circus play in which they had the quarterback dead to rights but failed to close the deal.

It was, all around, a poor performance from one of the NFC’s best teams, and still they had a legitimate chance to win after charging back to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Had they punched the ball into the end zone rather than settle for a field goal on their final offensive drive — an area the team has generally excelled in 2017 — they probably would have won the game and improved to 11-2. As it stands, the Vikings are 10-3, and finished the once-daunting five-game gauntlet after their bye 4-1.

No, you shouldn’t be worried.

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VIKINGS

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RT Mike Remmers (low back)

  • Remmers rode a stationary bike during Thursday’s practice but did not participate in practice all week. He is out of Sunday’s matchup against the Panthers.

TE David Morgan (concussion) was limited in practice Thursday but did not practice Friday. He is listed as out.

C Pat Elflein (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

UPDATE: Elflein is OUT today.

  • If Elflein is unable to go, the Vikings would likely to move right guard Joe Berger to center and Jeremiah Sirles would fill Berger’s role at right guard. Another option would be to move left guard Nick Easton to center and have Sirles or Danny Isidora fill in at left guard.
  • UPDATE: according to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press Easton will start at center with Sirles starting at left guard.

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