Vikings Inactives: Plenty of Rest Against Cincinnati

Ten players didn’t make the trip to Cincinnati for the Minnesota Vikings and won’t take the field in the team’s first preseason game of the year. They’re joined by Adrian Peterson and Brandon Fusco, who traveled with the team but will not suit up tonight.

A few notable names include Jarius Wright, Terence Newman, Marcus Sherels, and Eric Kendricks; all were starters in 2015 and expect to remain so when the regular season begins.

The full list of players, per the Vikings’ official Twitter account:

Fortunately for the Vikings, tonight’s matchup marks the “unofficial” start of football. Games won’t technically matter until September, when the Vikings travel to Tennessee for the first regular season of 2016. And, depth on Minnesota’s roster is so strong that many of tonight’s losses open the door for others to shine.

According to Vikings Public Relations, Audie Cole, Jerick McKinnon, Trae Waynes, and Shamar Stephen will start in the place of those on the sidelines. Cole, a longtime reserve, will man the middle of Zimmer’s defense with Kendricks out. Waynes, who has a real chance to start at left cornerback this season, can erase memories of his first career preseason game with a solid outing tonight.

Stephen missed almost all of 2015, but has drawn praise from coaches and can continue to cement a role on the defensive line with extra snaps tonight. But it’s McKinnon, the fan favorite and fantasy football sleeper, who can prove to the team that he’s more than a third-down back. Behind a re-tooled offensive line, more snaps tonight may lead to more opportunities when the games matter most. He’s thrilled to have the opportunity, per Chris Tomasson.

Joe Berger will start at right guard and John Sullivan will start at center.

Preseason football isn’t the pinnacle of excitement, but fans will get their first real look at the Vikings in months. Rookies like Laquon Treadwell and Mackensie Alexander should steal the spotlight, and Teddy Bridgewater, no matter how many snaps he plays, will draw attention from the Twitter masses.

Football is back; enjoy!

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Austin Belisle

Austin Belisle is the West Coast's biggest Vikings fan, a football diehard cheering on the purple and yellow from sunny California. After graduating from San Jose State University in 2014, he began working full-time in corporate marketing and blogging on various sports websites. Austin's passion for the Vikings led him to Vikings Territory, where he hopes to share his lifelong enthusiasm for the team with readers on a daily basis. You can follow him on Twitter @austincbelisle

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