As we know, Wednesday is the day when the first injury reports for the week come out for most of the National Football League teams, and the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers are no exception. Both teams have their first injury reports of the week available, so let’s take a look at them and see who’s practicing and who’s not.
As always, we start with the visiting team.
- LB Anthony Barr (knee)
- TE Ben Ellefson (knee)
- WR Justin Jefferson (single)
- RB Alexander Mattison (shoulder)
- DT Michael Pierce (elbow)
- WR Adam Thielen (foot)
- RB Dalvin Cook (single)
- FB CJ Ham (quadriceps)
- WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette (toe)
Many players with injuries are again reporting that Minnesota can start the week, but since it’s only Wednesday, it’s probably a little early to be going crazy or something. Barr, who finally got on the field last week, is likely to do this a lot over the course of the season as his knee condition is believed to be some sort of chronic problem. Jefferson and Thielen sitting outside may sound the alarm, but the team is probably just playing it extra careful.
Dalvin Cook is again practicing in limited capacity, as is rookie Ihmir Smith-Marsette, who has missed the last two games with a toe injury.
Two players, Everson Griffen and Harrison Smith, were given “veteran rest” days.
Now on to the home side.
- P Joseph Charlton (back)
- CB CJ Henderson (shoulder)
- RB Christian McCaffrey (hamstring)
Obviously the big name here is McCaffrey, who has missed the last two games. . .lose both Carolinas, coincidentally enough. . .after sustaining a hamstring injury against Houston in Week 3. Panthers’ head coach Matt Rhule has said McCaffery appears to be “50-50” at this point in the week, so his status will certainly be worth keeping an eye on hold. Thompson was injured in Week 4 and missed the Panthers’ loss to Philadelphia last Sunday.
Those are your first injury reports of the week, folks. As we always do, we will be monitoring the status of all these injuries leading up to Sunday’s game at Bank of America Stadium.