The Minnesota Vikings cornerback is coming off a game in which he only appeared in 61 percent of the defense’s snaps thanks to a hamstring injury.
Trying to stop future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady without your top two cornerbacks is not exactly the smartest strategy in the world for an opposing defense. But that is basically what the Minnesota Vikings had to do last Sunday during their matchup against Brady and the New England Patriots.
Already having to limit the snaps of corner Xavier Rhodes due to a hamstring injury, the Vikings also lost their No. 2 cornerback in Trae Waynes when he had to leave the game in the second quarter with a concussion.
Thanks to the injuries to Rhodes and Waynes, Minnesota was forced to give more snaps to reserve defensive backs Holton Hill and Marcus Sherels and surprise, it didn’t turn out that well.
For their matchup on Monday against the Seattle Seahawks, the Vikings should be a little healthier at corner, at least according to Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer on Thursday.
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Zimmer was asked about the status of Rhodes for the Seahawks game and the Vikings head coach said that there are no doubts about the veteran corner playing. When asked if Rhodes would be a, “full-go,” for Monday’s matchup, the Minnesota head coach responded with a smile and a thumbs up.
It’s a good sign for the Vikings, even if they are facing a Seattle team with the 26th ranked passing offense in the NFL this season. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is sill very talented and Minnesota will need all the help they can get to stop him on Monday.
As for Waynes, his status for the matchup in Seattle is still unknown. Since he has already suffered another concussion earlier this season though, him sitting out Monday’s game wouldn’t come as a surprise.