The Vikings Final Injury Report: Week 3

The Vikings Final Injury Report: Week 3
Jan 11, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) in defense against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half in the NFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings host the Detroit Lions on Sunday at noon CST, the third regular season game of the 2022 season. The Vikings lost, and the Lions won in Week 2, setting up a showdown of 1-1 team in Week 3.

Some key defensive players for Minnesota have battled injury this week, an eyebrow-raising development as the Lions have one of those powerful offenses in the NFL through two weeks. Detroit ranks second in points scored and seventh in offensive EPA/Play heading into Week 3. Whoodathunkit.

Detroit has six players formally on the injury report, most on offense.

These are each team’s injured players two days before Week 3.

Jun 7, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

Vikings Injury Report

OUT Andrew Booth (CB, quad)
OUT Harrison Smith (SS, concussion)
QUESTIONABLE Eric Kendricks (LB, toe)

Lions Injury Report

Sep 11, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports.

OUT John Cominsky (DL, wrist)
OUT Jonah Jackson (G, finger)
QUESTIONABLE T.J. Hockenson (TE, hip)
QUESTIONABLE Aidan Hutchinson (EDGE, thigh)
QUESTIONABLE Frank Ragnow (C, foot)
QUESTIONABLE D’Andre Swift (RB, ankle)

Lions players JuJu Hughes (S), Ifeatu Melifonwu (S), Amani Oruwariye (CB), and Tracy Walker (S) were hampered or didn’t partake in practice at points throughout the week but were removed from the final injury report.

The Vikings are favored by six points over the Lions in Week 3. Detroit has bested Minnesota just once in the teams’ last nine meetings. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has a career passer rating of 119.9 against the Lions, the second-best of all time among all quarterbacks versus the franchise. Russell Wilson’s 130.1 against Detroit is tops all-time.

Eric Kendricks, listed on the injury report as questionable, is expected to play.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).