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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson focused on 2016 return    Mon Sep 26, 12:25 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is focused solely on playing again this season, according to a report from Pro Football Talk.

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  Vikings | Everson Griffen with three sacks    Mon Sep 26, 10:11 AM

Minnesota Vikings DE Everson Griffen (illness) recorded three sacks in Week 3, despite leaving the game in the second quarter due to an illness and returning.

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  Vikings | Stefon Diggs finishes for 40 yards    Sun Sep 25, 04:43 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs caught four passes for 40 yards against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3.

Footballguys view: This happens to even the best WR1's. Diggs was held in check as the Vikings couldn't get anything going in the downfield passing game, but he's still a strong WR2 start against the Giants next week.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph finds end zone    Sun Sep 25, 04:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph caught seven passes for 70 yards and one touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in Week 1.

Footballguys view: Rudolph had a pretty catch on a high ball for a score and was the top receiver on a day that the Panthers made Sam Bradford and Stefon Diggs look mortal. He'll be a TE1 for the good matchup against the Giants next week.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon held in check    Sun Sep 25, 04:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon rushed for 45 yards on 16 carries against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. He also caught one pass for two yards in the game.

Footballguys view: McKinnon's stat line wasn't that impressive, but his tough running against the Panthers strong defense should create some hope for better days against better matchups. The Giants run defense has been difficult to crack, so next week McKinnon is only a flex play.

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  Vikings | Matt Asiata has quiet Week 3    Sun Sep 25, 04:17 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata rushed for 15 yards on six carries against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. He also caught one pass for four yards.

Footballguys view: Asiata was announced as the starter, but he couldn't find room to run behind the ineffective Vikings line, especially after they lost Alex Boone. Jerick McKinnon outplayed Asiata and should get the start against the stout Giants run defense next week.

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  Vikings | Alex Boone carted off    Sun Sep 25, 02:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings OG Alex Boone (hip) was carted off the field because of a hip injury in Week 3 and is considered questionable to return.

Footballguys view: The Vikings already lost their starting left tackle, Matt Kalil, last week. The line was having trouble opening holes in the running game for Adrian Peterson and Boone is one of their best run blockers.

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  Vikings | Matt Asiata to start Week 3    Sun Sep 25, 12:13 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata will be the starting running back for the Vikings in Week 3.

Footballguys view: Jerick McKinnon was slated to be the starter earlier this week, but the Vikings are going with the more rugged three-down back to start. Both will get a lot of work and we expect McKinnon to do more and earn more work because the VIkings offensive line is not opening the holes that the north-south Asiata needs for success.

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  Vikings | Week 3 inactives for Minnesota    Sun Sep 25, 11:47 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have declared LB Kentrell Brothers, C Nick Easton, DT Sharrif Floyd, RB Ronnie Hillman, TE MyCole Pruitt, WR Laquon Treadwell inactive for Week 3.

Footballguys view: Treadwell as a healthy scratch continues the trend of signs that he won't contribute to the Vikings this year. The offense could trend in a more pass-heavy direction, but it looks like Adam Thielen would be better situated to take advantage if that happens.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson hopes for rapid recovery    Sat Sep 24, 06:50 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has told people in and around the organization that he believes he can be ready to play when he is eligible to be activated from the Reserve/Injured list in eight weeks, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Peterson is already known as a quick healer, so we wouldn't be shocked to see him back sooner than expected. It is believed that it will take at least one month before doctors will be able to tell whether an expedited return for Peterson is possible.

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  Vikings | Minnesota's Friday injury report    Fri Sep 23, 08:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 23, and has been ruled out for Week 3. TE MyCole Pruitt (knee) and CB Xavier Rhodes (knee) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. DE Danielle Hunter (knee), LB Eric Kendricks (ankle) and FB Zach Line (neck) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph on track to play    Fri Sep 23, 08:17 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.

Footballguys view: Rudolph is a strong play this week after a good start to the season and excellent execution in the red zone with Sam Bradford last week. The Panthers should have given up a score to a wide open Virgil Green in Week 1 and Vance McDonald ran away from their defense for a long score last week.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon expected to play    Fri Sep 23, 08:11 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (toe) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.

Footballguys view: McKinnon is a low ceiling RB2 this week. The Panthers run defense is tough, the Vikings run blocking is terrible, and Matt Asiata should get any goal line opportunities that come up for Minnesota. If the Vikings can get McKinnon involved more as a receiver and in space, he could be a nice play.

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  Vikings | Stefon Diggs not on injury report    Fri Sep 23, 08:10 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) is not on the injury report for Week 3 even though he missed practice Friday, Sept. 23.

Footballguys view: This backs up the coaches story that this was merely precautionary. Fire up Diggs as a solid WR1 against the Panthers inexperienced corners this week.

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  Vikings | Stefon Diggs absent from practice Friday    Fri Sep 23, 03:24 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 23, due to a groin injury. Head coach Mike Zimmer called the absence 'precautionary' and the expectation is that Diggs will play Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers.

Footballguys view: Exhale, Diggs owners. Our newest fantasy WR1 should be good to go on Sunday, but if he can't, it will be interesting to see if Sam Bradford has chemistry with Adam Theilen and Charles Johnson.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson officially placed on IR    Fri Sep 23, 03:17 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) was officially placed on injured reserve Friday, September 23.

Footballguys view: Peterson could return for the late season/playoffs with a 3-4 month timeline, but we wouldn't carry him in hopes of that. The Vikings run blocking was horrendous and Peterson was ineffective. It's hard to see the situation changing greatly by December/January. Jerick McKinnon will take over with Matt Asiata also playing a large role in the Vikings backfield.

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  Vikings | Sharrif Floyd out six weeks    Fri Sep 23, 10:56 AM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) had surgery on a torn meniscus, and he'll miss about six weeks. The procedure was a trim of the meniscus.

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  Vikings | Matt Kalil has surgery    Fri Sep 23, 10:34 AM

Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil (hip) had surgery on his right hip Friday, Sept. 23.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon a full go    Thu Sep 22, 10:03 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (toe) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 22.

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  Vikings | No limitations for Kyle Rudolph     Thu Sep 22, 10:00 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 22.

Footballguys view: Rudolph could settle in as a low TE1 this year. He is looking as good as he has in years and the Vikings offense could become more pass heavy with Adrian Peterson shelved indefinitely.

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  Vikings | Thursday practice report for Minnesota    Thu Sep 22, 09:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 22. CB Xavier Rhodes (knee) and TE MyCole Pruitt (knee) were limited participants, and DE Danielle Hunter (knee), LB Eric Kendricks (ankle) and FB Zach Line (neck) were full participants.

Footballguys view: Rhodes is the only Vikings corner that can hang with Kelvin Benjamin. If he can't go this week, look for Benjamin to have another huge game.

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  Vikings | Stefon Diggs honored for performance    Thu Sep 22, 07:03 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 2 after registering career highs of 182 receiving yards on nine receptions in the team's victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Footballguys view: Diggs has come into his own and given how much Sam Bradford seems to love him, he is a solid WR1 right now. Even against Carolina, which is a solid defense. We love us some Stefon Diggs, and we're not ashamed of that.

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  Vikings | Sharrif Floyd has surgery    Thu Sep 22, 05:26 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) underwent surgery on his injured knee Thursday, Sept. 22, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. A timetable for his return was not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has surgery    Thu Sep 22, 10:14 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) had successful surgery to repair his torn lateral meniscus in his knee Thursday, Sept. 22. There were no additional injuries in or surrounding the knee joint.

Footballguys view: The Vikings are still hopeful he can come back for at least the playoffs, but they have to make it there first. Expect a lot of Stefon Diggs passes and a split between Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata--both of whom are decent flex plays. Asiata is a better touchdown-heavy league option, while McKinnon is solid in PPR formats. It's a bad matchup overall, so don't count on them as more than RB3 or so.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson didn't tear LCL?    Wed Sep 21, 05:28 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings officials say that RB Adrian Peterson (knee) does not have a torn lateral collateral ligament, but other sources have said that he does have a torn ligament.

Footballguys view: No matter the extent of the injury, fantasy owners should not be counting on Peterson. He could miss the rest of the year, or at very least he could miss most of the remaining regular season. There is a small hope he could return for the playoffs according to early reports.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has LCL tear    Wed Sep 21, 04:58 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has a torn lateral collateral ligament in addition to his torn meniscus, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Vikings have denied this report. No matter what, Peterson is going to be out for quite a long time.

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  Vikings | Wednesday injury report for Vikings    Wed Sep 21, 04:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21. DE Danielle Hunter (knee), LB Eric Kendricks (ankle), CB Xavier Rhodes (knee) and TE MyCole Pruitt (knee) were limited during practice, while FB Zach Line (neck) fully participated in practice.

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Eric Kendricks player page
MyCole Pruitt player page


  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon practices in full    Wed Sep 21, 04:27 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (toe) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Footballguys view: McKinnon is likely to be the lead back for the Vikings with Adrian Peterson out. You'll see fullback Matt Asiata work as a short-yardage and goal-line back.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph limited    Wed Sep 21, 04:20 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Footballguys view: Rudolph has inflated fantasy value with Sam Bradford at QB. However, he's still just a mid-range TE2...especially this week on the road against the Panthers.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson does not practice    Wed Sep 21, 04:12 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

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  Vikings | Matt Kalil goes on IR    Wed Sep 21, 02:10 PM

Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil (hip) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Sept. 21, and will need to undergo hip surgery.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon will start    Wed Sep 21, 02:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon will be the starting running back with RB Adrian Peterson (knee) sidelined. He likely will play at least 60 percent of the snaps.

Footballguys view: We have a bit of clarity here, but know that McKinnon is going to lose out on some high-value touches if/when the team gets near pay dirt. RB Matt Asiata will also receive playing time and likely will handle the goal line carries.

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  Vikings | Ronnie Hillman signs with Vikings    Wed Sep 21, 12:31 PM

Free-agent RB Ronnie Hillman (Broncos) signed with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, Sept. 21. Terms weren't disclosed.

Footballguys view: Hillman was the Broncos leading rusher last year, but he couldn't beat out Devontae Booker or Kapri Bibbs in training camp this season. When he gets up to speed, the speedy veteran could negatively impact the fantasy value of Jerrick McKinnon. This move also may indicate how worried is about the potential return of Adrian Peterson (knee) later this year.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson injury may end season    Wed Sep 21, 12:10 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has what is known as a 'bucket handle tear' of his meniscus, which usually requires a three-to-four-month recovery and up to six months.

Footballguys view: This situation is fluid, and we may not see Peterson return at all. Fantasy owners have already made moves -- or should make moves -- with the idea that Peterson is done at least until the end of the season.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has lateral tear    Wed Sep 21, 12:07 PM

Updating earlier reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) will have surgery Thursday, Sept. 22, to repair a tear of his lateral meniscus in his right knee.

Footballguys view: The Vikings are going to move forward for quite some time with Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Asiata as the primary ball-carriers in their backfield. McKinnon is more of the explosive back while Asiata is the power/goal-line back.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson out until December?    Wed Sep 21, 11:52 AM

Updating earlier reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) could be out until December, at the earliest, with a return for a potential playoff run possible.

Footballguys view: The Vikings are in the hunt for a playoff run and perhaps the NFC North division title. They need to set themselves up for a deep run, and monitoring Peterson closely upon his return will help that.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson may miss extended time    Wed Sep 21, 11:40 AM

Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has told two sources that he is having his meniscus repaired, not trimmed, which would require a longer recovery period.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to have surgery    Wed Sep 21, 11:18 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) plans to have surgery Thursday, Sept. 22, to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Footballguys view: Peterson could miss most of the rest of the regular season. There is a hope that he can recover in time for a playoff run. Fantasy owners will now see a split between Matt Asiata and Jerrick McKinnon.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson scouring options    Wed Sep 21, 09:11 AM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is still soliciting opinions on how to proceed with his torn meniscus and figure out if he's capable of playing through the injury.

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  Vikings | Minnesota will split work for backs     Mon Sep 19, 04:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings RBs Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata could see a 65/35 split between carries if RB Adrian Peterson (knee) misses any time, according to Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Footballguys view: We could see McKinnon work as the team's change-of-pace back, and Asiata could be featured on early-down and goal-line situations. Fantasy owners need to monitor Peterson's progress. Neither McKinnon or Asiata should be considered more than RB3 level because of this split and uncertain nature of this situation.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has torn meniscus    Mon Sep 19, 03:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) suffered a torn meniscus in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Peterson has not yet been ruled out for Week 3, however.

Footballguys view: Peterson is a quick healer, and he could be back sooner than people think. However, this week is a bit of a stretch so expect Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Asiata to split time at Carolina in Week 3.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson with historically bad start    Mon Sep 19, 10:48 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's 1.6 yards per carry is the fewest rushing yards per attempt by a player with at least 30 rushes since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger.

Footballguys view: That's not the way his fantasy owners wanted to start the season...and now he's banged up. Peterson is known as a quick healer and reports on Monday indicate he has a torn meniscus. We'll see how much time he has to miss. In the meantime, the Vikings move forward with Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Asiata as their 1-2 punch in the backfield.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson injury believed minor    Mon Sep 19, 08:06 AM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) will have an MRI on his right knee Monday, Sept. 19, but those close to him believe he avoided major structural damage. 'He might miss a week. I don't know if he will or not,' head coach Mike Zimmer said. 'Whatever it was has calmed down now, so we'll see.'

Footballguys view: Peterson may just have a sprain that could keep him out only a few weeks. He's been known to be nearly superhuman when it comes to recovery, so Peterson may be back later this year. In the meantime, the Vikings will use a RBBC featuring Jerrick McKinnon and fullback Matt Asiata.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson banged up    Sun Sep 18, 10:42 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) was tended to on the field by the training staff in the third quarter of the Week 2 game against the Green Bay Packers due to an apparent right shin or ankle injury. He was holding the area while sitting up on the ground and unable to put any weight on the leg as he was assisted off the field.

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  Vikings | Sam Bradford taken for X-rays    Sun Sep 18, 09:16 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford (hand) was taken to the locker room for X-rays in the second quarter of the Week 2 game against the Green Bay Packers due to a hand injury.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson active, starting    Sun Sep 18, 07:21 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) is active and starting in the Week 2 game against the Green Bay Packers.

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  Vikings | Charles Johnson, Kyle Rudolph active    Sun Sep 18, 07:15 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson (quadriceps) and TE Kyle Rudolph (knee) are each active for the Week 2 game against the Green Bay Packers.

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  Vikings | Minnesota Week 2 inactives    Sun Sep 18, 07:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Kentrell Brothers, C Nick Easton (ankle), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), TE MyCole Pruitt (knee), CB Xavier Rhodes (knee), LB Edmond Robinson and WR Jarius Wright are inactive for the Week 2 game against the Green Bay Packers.

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  Vikings | Sam Bradford on track to play    Sat Sep 17, 04:34 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford is expected to start against the Green Bay Packers in Week 2 after receiving all of the snaps with the first-team offense during practice this week.

Footballguys view: We're not heavily invested in the Vikings passing attack. With Bradford at the helm, we'll be curious to see which -- if any -- WR he prefers.

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  Vikings | Minnesota's Friday injury report    Fri Sep 16, 05:35 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), TE MyCole Pruitt (knee) and CB Xavier Rhodes (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 16, and have been ruled out. OT Matt Kalil (hip) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. C Nick Easton (ankle), TE Rhett Ellison (knee), WR Charles Johnson (quadriceps), LB Eric Kendricks (ankle), RB Jerick McKinnon (foot, leg) and TE Kyle Rudolph (knee) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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