Minnesota Vikings: Who Plays Sunday?
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The Minnesota Vikings have several players on the injury report for its week one game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Mall of America Field, and the biggest question mark is still around running back Adrian Peterson, although there seems to optimism he’ll take the field.
The Vikings have nine players total listed with various ailments.
RB Adrian Peterson (knee)
The sixth-year veteran has been a limited participant while recovering from a knee injury suffered last December. He is listed as the first team running back, but head coach Leslie Frazier has been non-committal to his status for Sunday. Whether or not he plays against the Jaguars will most likely be determined Sunday morning. Backup Toby Gerhart is already expected to get most of carries. All signs point to Peterson playing on Sunday. Status for Sunday: Questionable.
S Robert Blanton (hamstring)
The rookie played only one preseason game, but has been a full participant at practice this week. He injured the hamstring during training camp. He was expected to compete for a starting spot, but the injury set him back. He is currently listed as the second team strong safety. He should be able to play Sunday. Status for Sunday: Probable.
TE John Carlson (knee)
The veteran free agent signing missed all of the preseason. He injured his knee early in training camp and returned to practice this week, where he has been a full participant. He is currently listed as the second team tight end. He should be able to play Sunday. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave wants to use more two tight end formations. Without Carlson, it would be hard for Musgrave to run his offense the way he wants to. Status for Sunday: Probable.
DT Letroy Guion (knee)
The fifth-year veteran was injured during the first series of the preseason opener. He recorded two tackles before the injury and did not play the rest of the preseason. He has been a full participant in practice. He is currently listed as the starting nose tackle. He should be able to play Sunday. Status for Sunday: Probable.
LB Marvin Mitchell (ankle)
The veteran free agent signing played in all four preseason games before injuring his ankle. He has not practiced this week. He is currently listed on the second team at weakside linebacker. The other three reserves (Larry Dean, Tyrone McKenzie and Audie Cole) should fill his duties. Status for Sunday: Out.
OL Geoff Schwartz (abdomen)
The veteran free agent signing is still a mystery to most Viking fans. He had sports hernia surgery very early in training camp. He missed all of the preseason and just returned to practice this week. He has been a full participant all week and should be able to play Sunday. He is listed on the second team offensive line at right guard. Status for Sunday: Probable.
S Andrew Sendejo (ankle)
The third-year veteran was injured in the third preseason game. He has not practiced all week and has already been ruled out by Frazier. He is currently listed as the third team free safety. He was going to make the most impact on special teams. It is unknown who will take his duties. On defense, Harrison Smith was going to get most of the snaps. Jamarca Sanford is listed as the second team free safety. It is unknown how much playing time Sendejo was going to get on defense before the injury. Status for Sunday: Out.
CB Marcus Sherels (ankle)
The third-year veteran played the first three preseason games before sitting out the finale in Houston. He is currently listed as the first punt returner, second kick returner and third team cornerback. He should be able to play Sunday. Status for Sunday: Probable.
WR Jarius Wright (ankle)
The rookie fourth round draft pick injured his ankle during the final preseason game. He did not practice all week. He is currently listed as the third team flanker. With Wright unavailable, Stephen Burton has moved onto the second team. Status for Sunday: Out.
The Vikings list probable as a 75 percent chance the player will play, questionable means it is 50 percent, doubtful is 25 percent and out means the player will not play.
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Joseph Gunther is an avid fan of Minnesota sports, including football, hockey and baseball. He covered a wide variety of sports while attending Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. While at Hastings College, he was a part of the first collegiate media group to broadcast a national tournament via television, radio, internet and newspaper at the 2004 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament. He grew up in the Twin Cities playing three years of varsity football in high school. His work can be found on Examiner.com.