Vikings Secondary Remains Shorthanded for Week 12

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The Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears are set to kick off their Week 12 matchup in just about an hour.

Ahead of the game, the Vikings have released their inactive list for Monday night’s action, and it appears that the Vikings secondary will remain shorthanded for this game as CB Akayleb Evans was listed among those players that will not suit up.

Vikings Secondary Remains Shorthanded for Week 12

Sep 10, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Akayleb Evans (21) tackles Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Deven Thompkins (83) in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Here is the full list of inactives for the Vikings on Monday night:

  • CB Akayleb Evans
  • QB Jaren Hall (3rd QB)
  • TE Nick Muse
  • LB Nick Vigil
  • IOL Chris Reed
  • OT Hakeem Adeniji

Evans suffered a calf strain during the Vikings Week 10 game against the New Orleans Saints, and he missed last weekend’s game against the New Orleans Saints because of it. Now, he is set to miss his second consecutive game despite being a limited participant throughout practices this week.

Vikings Secondary
Oct 16, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Akayleb Evans (21) after a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

In his stead, Mekhi Blackmon has been getting the majority of the snaps at the cornerback spot. Blackmon recorded his first career interception down the stretch of Minnesota’s game against New Orleans while also making his first NFL start last week against Denver.

Unfortunately, the smaller cornerback was caught on the wrong end of Courtland Sutton’s game-winning TD at the end of the game, but hopefully he is able to hold up better against Chicago’s receiving group.

For the Bears, they will also be without a couple of their own playmakers on Monday night. Both RB D’Onta Foreman and CB Tyrique Stevenson have been listed as inactive. Foreman was listed as doubtful on Saturday because of his lingering ankle/shin injury while the rookie Stevenson was a late addition to Saturday’s injury report with his own ankle injury.

Sep 10, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back D’Onta Foreman (21) is brought down by Green Bay Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas (29) and safety Rudy Ford (20) in the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

This is a pivotal game for the Vikings as they try to move up to the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoff race. They could also move within 1.5 games of the Detroit Lions for the NFC North crown with a win. Those two teams will meet in Weeks 16 and 18, so a victory tonight would set up a couple very important games down the stretch.

Kickoff between Chicago and Minnesota is scheduled for 7:15 PM Central inside U.S. Bank Stadium.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of 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.