Vikings List 5 Inactives vs. Bears

Jul 27, 2022; Eagan, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Lewis Cine (6) performs a drill at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears are set to do battle at Soldier Field on Sunday as part of the Week 6 NFL schedule.

Both teams enter the weekend with 1-4 records, and one of them will fall to the bottom of the NFC North all by themselves when the game ends.

Ahead of the game, the Vikings have listed 5 inactives for Sunday, including a pair of rookies.

Vikings List 5 Inactives vs. Bears

Lewis Cine Expresses Confidence and Patience in His Injury Recovery
Aug 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Lewis Cine. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

Here is the full list of inactives for the Vikings on Sunday:

  • S Lewis Cine
  • TE Nick Muse
  • OLB Andre Carter
  • OT Hakeem Adeniji
  • DL Jaquelin Roy

The two rookies on the list are Andre Carter and Jaquelin Roy. Roy actually made a start in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he only played that opening drive with the Vikings defense and recorded 4 snaps.

Meanwhile, Carter will miss his fourth game of the season and hasn’t played since Week 4 against the Carolina Panthers. The rookie outside linebacker has appeared in 17 defensive snaps so far this year and has a single tackle to his name this season.

5 Inactives
Aug 10, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Jake Curhan (74) blocks Minnesota Vikings linebacker Andre Carter II (55) during the first half at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Lewis Cine also remains inactive as he continues to progress from his hamstring injury. He was a full participant in practice this week, but he will be sidelined for the second week in a row, meaning Theo Jackson will likely take on a large role in the special teams once again.

A notable absence from this list is RB Kene Nwangwu, who seems poised to make his 2023 debut this week. Nwangwu missed a large chunk of training camp with an undisclosed injury, and he was placed on IR to begin the year. Five weeks later, the electrifying kick returner is set to take the field for the first time.

Kick Returns
Aug 27, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Kene Nwangwu (26) during the second half against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Over his first two seasons in the NFL, Nwangwu has served as the main man at the kick returner spot in Minnesota, bringing back 53 kicks for a total of 1499 yards as well as 3 kick return TDs. He led the league in 2021 in that department with 2 and was a second-team All-Pro in 2022.

While Nwangwu has been out, Ty Chandler has taken kick return reps in his place. He has returned 3 kicks for 70 total yards this season. The Vikings could use a little boost in this area, so hopefully, Nwangwu is able to provide that moving forward.

Kickoff between the Bears and Vikings is set for 12 PM Central at Soldier Field.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.

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