The big news for the Vikings this week was the decision to activate Teddy Bridgewater and move Sam Bradford to IR to make room. As we have discussed before, it appears Case Keenum will remain the starting quarterback for the time being given his productive play. However, if he begins to struggle, fans are going to get antsy to see Bridgewater back on the field again. Time will tell.
Aside from that, it has been a slow news week coming off the bye. The team signed guard Willie Beavers to the practice squad and released practice squad running back Bronson Hill on Tuesday. But beyond nursing a few injuries, the team has done well to stay out of the headlines and took advantage of the time off to get healthy. Speaking of which…
Some key players appear to be fully healthy, namely Stefon Diggs and Nick Easton. Both were full participants Friday and have no designation on the injury report. But with their return comes a few losses; Jeremiah Sirles, who replaced Easton for two weeks, is officially ruled out and starting right tackle Mike Remmers will also miss Sunday’s game due to a concussion. Presumably Rashod Hill will fill in at right tackle like he did in London two weeks ago.
On the defensive side, the biggest concern is star end Everson Griffen, who is questionable with a foot injury. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and was limited Friday. Head coach Mike Zimmer said Friday he anticipates Griffen will play but of course, there will be the question as to how much the foot limits his productivity.
Safety Anthony Harris and end Stephen Weatherly are also questionable. Harris filled in for Andrew Sendejo during Sendejo’s one-game suspension but with Sendejo returning tomorrow, Harris’ potential absence will not loom quite as large.
Washington has a whole crop of ifs on their injury report. Matthew Ioannidis, who has been their best defensive lineman of late, has officially been ruled out, as has fellow defensive tackle Arthur Jones. Then after that it is a lot of questionables: Left tackle Trent Williams, right guard Brandon Scherff, left guard Shawn Lauvao, center Spencer Long, right tackle Morgan Moses, swing tackle Ty Nsekhe, tight end Jordan Reed, receiver Jamison Crowder, leading tackler Zach Brown and safety Montae Nicholson. That is nine starters listed as questionable, including the entire offensive line and two of their leading receivers. Even their emergency tackle is injured.
Should be a good day for sacking the quarterback.