Preparations are officially underway for this Sunday’s game at U.S. Bank Stadium between the Carolina Panthers and your Minnesota Vikings. The initial injury reports for both sides are out as of today, and the Vikings have some significant pieces either sitting out or being limited. First, however, let’s take a look at the Panthers’ initial injury report.
Did Not Participate
- G Dennis Daley (concussion)
- CB Donte Jackson (toe)
- RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder)
- G John Miller (knee/ankle)
- OT Russell Okung (calf)
- FB Alex Armah (ankle)
- QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee)
- S Sam Franklin (ankle)
- DE Marquis Haynes (shoulder)
- WR D.J. Moore (shoulder)
- LB Tahir Whitehead (rib)
Potentially getting McCaffrey back could potentially be huge for the Panthers, as he’s one of the best all-around backs in the game. Bridgewater missed last week’s game for Carolina, but already participating in full on Wednesday is a pretty good indicator that he’ll be starting at center in his return to U.S. Bank Stadium as a starting quarterback.
Now, a look at the Vikings’ injury report.
Did Not Participate
- G Ezra Cleveland (ankle)
- DE Ifeadi Odenigbo (shoulder/concussion)
- G Dru Samia (non-injury)
- S Harrison Smith (neck)
- TE Irv Smith Jr. (groin/back)
- OT Brian O’Neill (shoulder)
This does not include Adam Thielen due to his status of being on the team’s COVID-19 list as of yesterday.
The fact that Harrison Smith is out is bad enough for the Vikings, potentially, but that he’s dealing with a neck issue is kind of scary. After all, we’ve seen what a neck problem did to Danielle Hunter’s 2020 season, and it isn’t as though the Vikings have a ton of depth at the safety spot anymore. Hopefully this is something that Smith can get past, but I’m sure the Vikings are going to be extra careful with this one.
Those are your initial injury reports for the Vikings and the Panthers, folks. We’ll obviously be keeping an eye on these and any situations that may develop as a result.