In a meeting of the league’s top two rushing attacks, the Minnesota Vikings will be without a key contributor on the defensive line. Linval Joseph, who injured his foot against the Atlanta Falcons last week, is inactive. The cog in the middle of Mike Zimmer’s defense will be replaced by Sharrif Floyd, who is making his first career start at nose tackle. Fellow defensive tackle Tom Johnson will start in Floyd’s vacated position and lead the effort to stop Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls.
Strong safety Andrew Sendejo is inactive after receiving an MRI on his injured knee earlier this week. Fortunately for the Vikings, Harrison Smith returns to the active lineup and will boost a secondary that’s been decimated by injuries in recent weeks. His presence should help Antone Exum Jr., who is making just his second career start at strong safety.
The other inactive players include:
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 6, 2015