Minnesota Vikings Week 2 Injury Report: 4 players out vs. Cardinals

(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Everson Griffen
(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Everson Griffen /

The Minnesota Vikings have to be hugely disappointed when they fell short of beating the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1. With an insanely tough schedule ahead of them, they can’t afford to take losses in games they should be winning.

Week 2 offers a bit of a different challenge. the Arizona Cardinals are coming off a game where they dismantled the Tennessee Titans, a playoff team from last season known for running the ball well.

If Minnesota wants to have a solid chance at beating Arizona, they will need to have as many of their best players available for Sunday’s game. However, four players have been ruled out for the Vikings in Week 2 and one player was ruled out for the Cardinals.

Here is who is on the final injury report for Week 2 according to the official website of the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota Vikings



Barr and Darrisaw are carryovers from last week’s injury report. At this time, there is no known timetable for their return, so fans should get used to seeing them on these injury reports until they are able to suit up.

Hand is an interesting addition to the list because he had jumped Cameron Dantzler on the depth chart. His absence could force Dantzler back into the rotation and allow him to be active on gameday. Or, he could still find himself in the coach’s dog house.

The most interesting addition was Griffen, who was in an incident where he swerved to avoid a deer and ended up sustaining a concussion. He was in on 41 percent of defensive plays last week according to Football Guys so Minnesota could turn to Stephen Weatherly or other defensive ends on Sunday.

Minnesota will be in some big trouble if Eric Kendricks is unable to play. He led the team in tackles last week with 15 and would be instrumental in helping to contain Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray in Week 2. If he can’t play, expect Nick Vigil and possibly Ryan Connelly to hold down the linebacker grouping.

No players were listed as doubtful for the Vikings.

Arizona Cardinals



Kennard won’t be too big of a loss for Arizona unless an injury happens to Markus Golden on Sunday. However, right tackle Beachum would be a rather big loss. As it stands, he is slated to go up against Danielle Hunter in what should be a huge challenge for him. If he can’t go, Justin Murray could get the nod in his place.

No players were listed as doubtful for the Cardinals.

Don’t miss the Minnesota Vikings taking on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Sept. 18 in what should be a hard-fought game that comes down to the wire. Hopefully every player on the injury report this week can heal fully and quickly to return to the field as soon as possible.