Packers at Vikings: Injury Report, Inactives List

As always, inactives list have been released for every team, as well as injury reports. First the Vikings:

Asiata, Matt RB Concussion DNP FP Out Inactive
Line, Zach FB None N/A Inactive
Mauti, Mike LB None N/A Inactive
Watts, Brandon LB None N/A Inactive
Wentworth, Austin G None N/A Inactive
Yankey, David G None N/A Inactive
Barr, Anthony LB Knee LP LP FP Probable Active
Crichton, Scott DE Hip FP FP FP Probable Active
Floyd, Sharrif DT Knee LP DNP DNP Questionable Active
Griffen, Everson DE Neck LP FP FP Probable Active
Harris, Mike T Ankle DNP LP LP Probable Active
Jennings, Greg WR Rib DNP DNP FP Questionable Active
Kalil, Matt T Knee DNP Questionable Active
McKinnon, Jerick RB Low back DNP LP LP Probable Active
Munnerlyn, Captain CB Knee LP Probable Active
Rhodes, Xavier CB Anjke LP FP FP Probable Active
Rudolph, Kyle TE Abdomen/Groin LP FP FP Probable Active
Wright, Jarius WR Hamstring DNP Questionable Active

The Ben Tate signing will play a role right away, like many expected. Despite having been slowed down by injuries while at Cleveland, Tate will take on Asiata’s role while Asiata waits to get cleared for a concussion. I expect to see very few carries for Tate, and all of those carries to come with zone running plays. Tate is familiar with zone running, and the Vikings tend to play both zone running plays and man blocking plays in the run game. Though that would be a tell, it will still be better for Tate to do something he’s familiar with than run plays he’s never really worked with.

With Sharrif Floyd out, Shamar Stephen will start in his stead. I expect Tom Johnson to take most of the carries, as he’s the better defensive tackle of the two. As Brian Hall pointed out on Twitter, Stephen may be in on running downs, with Johnson in on passing downs. Given that Eddie Lacy has been performing well as of late, it makes sense to make those situational substitutions.

It’s disappointing that David Yankey cannot find himself active on a day when another guard, Austin Wentworth (who also plays tackle) is inactive. That said, Vlad Ducasse is active and has played both tackle and guard positions in the NFL.

Scott Crichton is active for the second time this season (the only other time was the first game of the season, against the Rams).

Then, the Packers

Bostick, Barrett TE Hip DNP DNP DNP Out Inactive
Bush, Jarrett CB Groin DNP DNP LP Questionable Inactive
Perry, Nick LB Shoulder DNP DNP DNP Questionable Inactive
Janis, Jeff WR None None Inactive
Gerhart, Garth C None None Inactive
Bradford, Carl LB None None Inactive
Tolzien, Scott QB None None Inactive
Lang, T.J. G Ankle DNP LP DNP Questionable Active
Sitton, Josh G Toe DNP LP DNP Probable Active
Elliot, Jayrone LB Hamstring LP LP LP Questionable Active
Matthews, Clay LB Groin LP LP LP Probable Active
Jones, Datone DE Ankle LP Questionable Active

The only significant inactive to me for the Packers is Nick Perry. The Packers are having linebacker issues, and outside linebacker Clay Matthews has played inside while the deep rotation on the outside has covered for his absence there on occasion.

That said, it’s interesting that both guards were DNP-LP-DNP, meaning they missed the first practice, were limited the second and were held out of the third practice again. They’re still active so it may not have a bearing on the game, but it could provide the Vikings a small equalizer up front with Floyd inactive.

Overall, after a healthy Week 11, the Vikings have been bit with the injury bug and are starting a little more behind than usual this week.

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  1. We can win…Teddy needs to let it fly. Gotta get the running game going. If McKinnon gets over 100 I’d say we have a chance.

  2. How you kick the ball into the endzone when you were given the golden gift of a kickoff from midfield I will never understand. Blair Walsh was shaking his head as he was running onto the field after receiving instructions from Priefer. What an absolute joke of a call. An onside kick there at worse gives them the ball at the 40…a half ass decently executed pooch kick would probably put the ball down around the 10 or 15…the absolute worse thing to do in that situation was have your kicker put it into the endzone. Absolutely terrible decision.

  3. LOL, Lovie Smith makes me feel slightly better by inexplicably wasting one of his remaining two timeouts on a forward progress challenge he had zero chance of winning with 2:00 to go. Bet they would have liked that extra 30 plus seconds to go with the 13 that was left on the clock when they got the ball back. Honestly I have seen some of the most bizarre coaching decisions this year across the league.

  4. Yeah Dan I was thinking about an onsides. At the 50…was a good time to do it. Also I think taking a TO before the 2 minute warning would have been better. I know we didn’t stop them anyway, but I’m thinking it would’ve saved about 8 seconds or so. Which could be a big deal…if you make a stop when the entire world knows they’re gonna run!

  5. much better game than 42-10, we were in this one. being at home and teddy instead of ponder surely had some influence, but zimmer is making a difference now, and our players will get better for later. it’s improvement. just would like to know what would’ve happened with AD out there and if it would have had a calming effect on TB and alleviated some pressure off of him

    1. I don’t think having AD would be solving Teddy’s accuracy issues. That’s really been the biggest problem with him so far. He had some really awful misses again today, that first one to Johnson on the opening drive was beyond awful and cost us atleast three points. Overall I would say this was one of his better outings, but he can’t continue to miss these wide open throws. Of course, it would also help if his receivers would catch the passes that do get to them. Too many drops again today, and just overall a lack of making the plays that are there to make on both sides of the ball. Cal’s right though, big improvement form the first game. I just wish they could have taken advantage of what looked like an out of sink Green Bay team and stole a win.

      1. strib article:

        Bridgewater: Being ‘very excited’ for Packers affected first-half accuracy

  6. All season I’ve been backing Kalil, I can’t do it anymore. He could still be a star but right now he’s playing awful. I’ll still say Charlie Johnson contributes but Kalil is playing soft and scared. His rookie season proved potential so he can be good but something mentally changed.
    I think they should bench him if he gives up a sack or penalty next game, sit him one more week afterwards and see if that straightens him out some.

    1. I’m trying to decide if him going after a fan after the game is bad or good…because the fact that he actually showed some kind of fight is kind of a positive…right?…but it came against a fan, not a player in a different colored jersey. I just don’t know if the guy wants to play football. I know he has trouble keeping the weight on and I wonder if with the injuries he’s had he just doesn’t feel like doing it anymore. It’s hard to imagine this is a guy that started ahead of Tyron Smith at USC when you see the player Smith has become for Dallas. Whatever he is dealing with, having him play through just isn’t working. Whether it’s an injury or getting his head right, they need to see if Harris can give them better play at that spot, or atleast start chipping more with backs and tight ends.

      1. He was phenomenal at USC, and pretty durn good as a rookie. I really can’t figure him out. As for the fan thing it’s probably nothing and if he did throw the hat I’m sure the dbag deserved it.

    2. He’s probably just emotionally conflicted about whether he should join ISIS right now or after a couple of years …
      I keed, I keed.