It’s One Step Forward, One Step Backward in Vikings Injury Report

Anthony Barr
Oct 13, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard (24) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings injury report includes a relatively full list of names. In true Bill Belichick style, Zim seems to be throwing anyone on for any ailment. For the most part, the players are listed as full participants.

Our players who got the DNP designation were backup WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette, RB Dalvin Cook, and NT Michael Pierce. I don’t imagine any of them will play against Detroit. We ought to let Cook get fully healthy before bringing him back. At this point, there’s no debating he’s injury prone. We need to take care of him.

Dalvin Tomlison – who played well against the Browns – will be more important than ever. The report is that Armon Watts will get the start at 1T. Andre Patterson spoke about his DT depth: “Armon played very well in the game for us on Sunday. I feel very comfortable with him and giving James Lynch a chance to play if [Pierce] can’t play, so I feel comfortable with my group and don’t have any concerns about it.”

Otherwise, it was a lot of full participation on the Vikings injury report. As we suggested earlier this week, it’s looking like Anthony Barr is going to be out there for our Vikings. I expect his presence in the front seven to make a noticeable difference. Unfortunately, the step forward for our LBs coincides with a step back for the DL. Hopefully we can get fully healthy soon.

The Lions are already without very much talent, but the news keeps getting worse. Penei Sewell didn’t participate in practice. Trey Flowers, T.J. Hockenson, Michael Brockers, D’Andre Swift, and Jamaal Williams were all limited. All of them are impact players for Detroit.

The Detroit game is huge. We not only need to get the win, we also need to get our run game going as we get back to playing dominant defense.