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Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins: Inactives List, Injury Report

Inactive lists for the Minnesota Vikings and the Miami Dolphins have been released. Vikings below:

NAME POSITION INJURY WED. THU. FRI. STATUS GAMEDAY
Rudolph, Kyle TE Ankle/Knee DNP DNP LP Doubtful Inactive
Johnson, Charlie G Ankle DNP DNP DNP Out Inactive
Barr, Anthony LB Knee DNP DNP DNP Out Inactive
Dixon, Ahmad S None N/A Inactive
Prater, Shaun CB None N/A Inactive
Line, Zach FB None N/A Inactive
Bykowski, Carter T None N/A Inactive
Blanton, Robert S Ankle/Knee DNP DNP LP Questionable Active
Joseph, Linval NT Ilnness DNP DNP LP Probable Active
Floyd, Sharrif DT Knee LP LP FP Probable Active
Jennings, Greg WR Hamstring LP LP FP Probable Active
Asiata, Matt RB Foot LP LP FP Probable Active
Robison, Brian DE Ankle LP FP FP Probable Active
Rhodes, Xavier CB Wrist FP FP FP Probable Active
Sendejo, Andrew S Thumb FP FP FP Probable Active
Greenway, Chad LB Not Injury Related DNP Probable Active
Loeffler, Cullen LS Illness DNP Probable Active

Chad Greenway is playing after leaving to deal with a personal matter—his father passed away on Friday.

Anthony Barr will not play, as he’s had season-ending knee surgery, and in his place will be Gerald Hodges, per usual. This will give the Vikings and fans further ability to evaluate Gerald Hodges as an outside linebacker as they wrestle with the position in the offseason and figure out what to do.

Andrew Sendejo’s showing last week was impressive, and is supplanting Robert Blanton as the starter at strong safety. This is a big change, I think, and may determine the direction of safety acquisition to come. He moved downhill extremely well, played his run fits to a T and did an incredible job sussing out the flow of play. He deserves another look and he’ll get it.

Sharrif Floyd and Everson Griffen are both fully healthy at the same time, which should do a lot to help stifle the underrated run game Lamar Miller is putting together, and may be critical for a Vikings defense that overall is good, but has some issue with the run at times. Xavier Rhodes’ wrist issue from the Lions game seems to have not had a lasting impact; same with Andrew Sendejo’s thumb injury from the same game.

Miami inactives:

NAME POSITION INJURY WED. THU. FRI. STATUS GAMEDAY
Garner, Nate G Illness DNP DNP DNP Out Inactive
Thomas, Dallas T Foot DNP DNP DNP Doubtful Inactive
Thomas, Daniel RB Knee DNP DNP DNP Doubtful Inactive
Jones, Don S Shoulder LP LP LP Questionable Inactive
McCain, Chris LB Ankle FP LP Probable Inactive
Hazel, Matt WR None N/A Inactive
Matthews, Rishard WR None N/A Inactive
Clay, Charles TE Hamstring LP LP LP Probable Active
Finnegan, Cortland CB Ankle LP LP LP Probable Active
Freeny, Jonathan LB Hamstring LP LP LP Probable Active
Jenkins, Jelani LB Foot LP LP LP Questionable Active
Misi, Koa LB Hamstring/Knee LP LP LP Probable Active
Taylor, Jamar CB Shoulder LP FP LP Questionable Active
Tripp, Jordan LB Shoulder FP LP Probable Active
Wilson, Jimmy S Ankle FP Probable Active

Miami has two linebackers—Koa Misi and Jelani Jenkins—who were inactive last week that are active this week. There aren’t many significant changes from this report that should raise any flags, however. Dallas Thomas isn’t good, so his being inactive shouldn’t change too much for the Dolphins, who are benefiting from a much improved offensive line versus last year. Containing Ryan Tannehill may be more about containing their receiver crops, who outside of Jarvis Landry is not the most impressive unit in the league—even with former Minnesota free agency target Mike Wallace.

A healthy game from Miami’s end could tip the scales in what some already think is a lopsided game in favor of the Dolphins (the Vegas spread opened with a 6.5-point advantage for the home team).

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21 Comments

  1. It’s to bad Sendejo was injured this preseason, I had expected him to win that spot outright. Glad to hear they are going to give him a longer look, he has much better range than Blanton.

  2. Is mRudolph ever going to hold up? Doesn’t llok like it. Ellison has made some plays..

    1. They should have thrown the ball on first down to save the timeout and keep both the run and pass open for 2nd. I agree with kicking the FG with 6 seconds left.

  3. I haven’t gotten on the fire Goodell bandwagon yet but I’m jumping on now. It’s not because of the ridiculous way he has handled the Adrian and Rice situations this year, it’s because despite the advances in replay technology, the officiating in this league is getting worse and worse as they continue to tweak rules. I completely agree that the borderline way the Seahawks were committing rape against all opposing receivers last year needed to be kept in check, but I’m tired of seeing a guy like Rhodes get flagged everytime he touches a receiver after the five yard mark. I’ve also seen more offensive holding not getting called this year than I can ever remember. They need to focus on making the officiating in this league better, or atleast consistent.

  4. Is there a reason our long snapper isn’t getting any blame for his bounce snap on the blocked punt? I haven’t read a single report that accurately says how the ball one hopped to Locke which completely screwed up the timing on that punt. Did anyone else see that?

    1. o yeah, and zimmer acknowledged it in his post game presser

      ted brown, er, joe banyard will probably be released for letting in the blocker, too. nah, tate is no better

  5. Glad we didn’t get Johnny football. He is too small for the NFL. He will never make.

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