The Vikings Injury Report Looks Longer than Usual

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Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson (94) during the NFL International Series game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings typically have had very short injury reports early in the season. Overall, they’ve been blessed with good health through the 2022 season. However, their first Week 9 Vikings injury report looks a bit longer than usual.

There are six players listed on Wednesday’s injury report, and three of them did not practice at all. Here’s the full breakdown:

  • Cam Bynum- DNP (Personal Matter)
  • Cam Dantzler- Limited (Neck)
  • Jalen Nailor- DNP (Illness)
  • Za’Darius Smith- Limited (Knee)
  • Adam Thielen- Full (Knee)
  • Dalvin Tomlinson- DNP (Calf)

Of course, the most concerning injury is to Dalvin Tomlinson. He suffered the injury on Sunday, and the Kevin O’Connell considers him to be “week-to-week”.

To this point in the season, Tomlinson has been a big part of a Vikings run defense that has dominated opponents. The Vikings rank sixth in rushing yards allowed and tied for seventh in yards per attempt this season. He’s also recorded 1.5 sacks on the season.

It’s probably a smart move by the Vikings to not rush him back, especially with a 6-1 record and comfortable lead in the NFC North. However, the Vikings will need him to come back sooner rather than later with the schedule getting tougher after this week’s matchup with the Commanders.

As for the rest of the injury report, it’s unknown why Cam Bynum missed Wednesday’s practice, but it seems safe to assume at this point that he will play. Additionally, unless the Vikings run into another Jonathan Bullard situation, Jalen Nailor hopefully should be ready to go for Sunday.

The other takeaways from this initial report is that both Za’Darius Smith and Adam Thielen both being hampered by knee injuries. Like Tomlinson, Smith suffered his injury during the Cardinals game in the first half, but he played through it in the second. Meanwhile, it’s promising that Thielen was able to practice fully on Wednesday.

We’ll see how this report changes as the week progress.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. He also earned minors in History, Human Biology, and Journalism. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys marathon training, playing video games, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. For more of his opinions, check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.