The Minnesota Vikings will once again be without the biggest weapon in their defense as Michael Pierce will miss the Week 9 game against the Ravens.
Week 9 has arrived and the Minnesota Vikings have the opportunity to get back to an even record if they can upset a playoff-caliber team on the road while coming off an embarrassing loss to the Dallas Cowboys in prime time.
It won’t be an easy task since the Baltimore Ravens have been giving opposing teams a lot of problems this season. Of course, teams will be more likely to win if they are healthy and at full strength entering the game.
Here is the list of players designated with injury statuses according to the official website of the Vikings:
- Michael Pierce, DT – elbow
- Anthony Barr, LB – knee
- Cameron Dantzler, CB – ankle
This marks the fourth straight game that former Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce will miss. The good news is that his shoulder is no longer on the injury report and only his elbow issue remains. He should return to action soon, but, in the meantime, Armon Watts will continue to fill in for him.
Meanwhile, it feels like Anthony Barr just returned to the team. A knee issue has his status for Week 9 in question and Minnesota would miss his speed in hoping to contain Baltimore’s mobile quarterback.
*No players were listed as doubtful for Minnesota
- Rashod Bateman, WR – groin
- Sammy Watkins, WR – thigh
- Brandon Williams, DT – shoulder
- Patrick Mekari, OL – ankle
- Latavius Murray, RB – ankle
It shouldn’t be too shocking that no players are listed as out for the Ravens. They are coming off a bye and should be well-rested for this game. However, it is a little disappointing that former Vikings running back Latavius Murray will likely miss this game due to injury.
Baltimore may look like they could be short-handed at wide receiver, but they definitely don’t lack talent. Even if former University of Minnesota receiver Rashod Bateman can’t do and Sammy Watkins is unable to play, they still have “Hollywood” Brown, Devin Duvernay, Miles Boykin, and superstar tight end Mark Andrews to keep their pass game alive.
*No players were listed as out for the Ravens
Week 8 saw the Minnesota Vikings suffer a frustrating loss to the Dallas Cowboys but there were some things to take away from the Halloween night game.
Which player’s absence from this game would have the biggest impact on the outcome? And do you think the Minnesota Vikings or Baltimore Ravens will come out on top in Week 9? Let us know your opinion in the comments.