An Encouraging Injury Report: Is It Finally Time for Darrisaw?

Mike Zimmer
Aug 29, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer walks on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t let the robust injury report fool you: there’s some reason for optimism. Minnesota listed 15 players on their injury report. Here they are:

  • Ihmir Smith Marsette
  • Adam Thielen
  • Rashod Hill
  • Harrison Smith
  • Patrick Peterson
  • Tyler Conklin
  • Mackensie Alexander
  • Dalvin Cook
  • Xavier Woods
  • Eric Kendricks
  • Harrison Hand
  • Anthony Barr
  • Kris Boyd
  • Christian Darrisaw
  • Greg Joseph

Upon first glance, the injury report gives one pause. If even half of those guys are out, we’ll be in some trouble. Thankfully, it’s much ado about nothing.

Thielen, Hill, Smith, and Peterson were all just taking a non-injury related vet day. Alexander was dealing with a personal matter. Cook, Woods, Kendricks, Hand, Barr, and Boyd were all limited participants. Apart from Barr, I’m expecting all of them to be available.

Most encouraging of all was that first-round LT Christian Darrisaw was a full participant. It’s entirely plausible, then, that he’s active for his first NFL game on Sunday. Expect Hill to still get the start at LT, though. Let’s bring along Darrisaw slowly.

Smith-Marsette and Conklin didn’t participate in practice, suggesting their ailments are a little more severe. If Conklin can’t go, Chris Herndon will get more opportunity to show that he is worth the trade. Conklin had a career day last week, so it would be tough to be without him.

The Browns are dealing with their own injury concerns. Their formidable OL is dinged up. Jedrick Wills Jr. and JC Tretter didn’t participate. Jack Conklin and Chris Hubbard were limited.