The Minnesota Vikings won’t be at full strength when they take on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12 at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 28.
After a disappointing start to the season, the Minnesota Vikings have rattled off back-to-back wins over the Chargers and Packers and now face another tough task when they visit the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12.
The Vikings have some major issues heading into the matchup on Sunday, Nov. 28, and won’t be close to full health for that game, especially on the defensive side of the ball where the entire starting defensive line won’t be playing.
- Everson Griffen, DE – Not Injury Related – Personal Matter
- Camryn Bynum, S – ankle
- Wyatt Davis, OL – ankle
- Josh Metellus, S – Not Injury Related
The situation involving Everson Griffen‘s mental health is concerning, but the hope is that he can get the help he needs to be in a good place mentally going forward. Football will be here when he returns, but Minnesota will feel the impact of his absence on Sunday.
Danielle Hunter is on season-ending IR. Michael Pierce is on short-term IR. Dalvin Tomlinson is on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. And Everson Griffen is on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list. That is the entire starting defensive line for the Vikings.
D.J. Wonnum and Eddie Yarbrough will likely start for Minnesota at defensive end with Sheldon Richardson and Armon Watts at the defensive tackle spots. Hopefully, the Vikings’ defensive line can hold their own this weekend.
Otherwise, the Vikings could be short at safety if Camryn Bynum and Josh Metellus can’t play. While Minnesota does have Harrison Smith and Xavier Woods available for this game, depth and rotational players can be important as well as good special teams players. Let’s hope, they can suit up.
*No players were listed as doubtful for Minnesota
San Francisco 49ers
- JaMycal Hasty, RB – ankle
- Maurice Hurst, DL – calf
- Elijah Mitchell, RB – rib/finger
The biggest name on this list is Mitchell, who would likely be the 49ers starting running back if he plays on Sunday. If he can’t go, Jeff Wilson Jr. would likely get the starting nod with Trey Sermon serving as his backup.
Otherwise, the 49ers are mostly healthy and should be able to push the wounded Vikings to the limit.
Do you think the Minnesota Vikings can still get a win on Sunday against the 49ers despite their injuries to the defense? Or will the purple and gold overcome San Francisco and get their third consecutive win? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.