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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Vikings Injury Report: Harrison Smith, Chad Greenway

By on 10/12/2014 08:45:00 AM

Injuries and other issues have taken center stage for the Minnesota Vikings so far this season. But with 10 days between games from Week 5 to Week 6, their injury outlook for this Sunday is about as good as can be expected.

Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater missed the 42-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 5 with a left ankle injury, due in part to a short week ahead of a Thursday night game. He is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions after practicing fully all week, and Bridgewater will make his second NFL start.

Safety Harrison Smith emerged from the loss to Green Bay with a sprained left ankle. He is listed as questionable, but head coach Mike Zimmer has said he expects Smith to play.

Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson suffered a hip injury against Green Bay, which had him limited in practice until he was a full participant on Friday. Patterson is listed as probable, and he should play.

Linebacker Chad Greenway has missed the last two games with a broken hand and three broken ribs. He was fairly surprisingly a limited participant in Friday's practice, and then listed as doubtful for Sunday's game. Zimmer suggested Greenway would be a part-time player if he did suit up against Detroit, so Gerald Hodges will have a big role again regardless.

Running back Matt Asiata (groin), running back Jerick McKinnon (ankle), defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (elbow) and linebacker Michael Mauti (foot) are listed as probable for the game against the Lions. Tight end Kyle Rudolph (groin) is out, and he is expected to miss at least a few more games as he recovers from double hernia surgery.

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