The Vikings are not just a struggling squad, they are now a struggling and banged-up squad. This rash of injuries couldn’t possibly be more badly-timed given the Vikes’ opponent on Sunday. As if the 6-0 Packers needed more advantages in their match-up against the 1-5 Purple.
The injury report hasn’t officially been released yet, but when it is the Vikings are expected to list John Sullivan, Antoine Winfield and Jamarca Sanford as doubtful for Sunday. Sullivan and Sanford both suffered concussions in the Bears game, while Winfield has spent the last three weeks battling a strained neck. Joe Berger and Tyrell Johnson will likely get the call in place of Sullivan and Sanford, while Chris Cook makes his third straight start in place of Winfield.
The only good news coming out of Friday’s practice reports is that Phil Loadholt has bounced back from the knee problem that chased him from the Bears game and should be ready to go Sunday. With Sullivan out, rookie Brandon Fusco is expected to be activated for the first time this season. Mistral Raymond should also be activated to take Sanford’s place.
Oh, and we all know about that other big change in the starting line-up for Sunday, right? Christian Ponder in place of Donovan McNabb? Heard anything about that?