Collins to IR and replacement signed In his weekly press conference White Trae Waynes Jersey
, Mike Zimmer gave us a bit of an update on the injury front. And...we have good news and bad news. First, the good news:Yay! Both Waynes and nickel CB Mac Alexander missed all or most of yesterday’s game, so getting at least Waynes back this week will help now that it’s Packers week, and Aaron Rodgers awaits.Now, the bad news:Boooo!! Collins will be put on IR with an elbow injury he sustained last week during practice, yet in the ‘Well That Was Fast’ Department, the Vikings announced they have already signed his replacement:This stinks for Collins, who I thought showed some promise at times this preseason. He was inconsistent, but less so than some other guys that were fighting for starting jobs and roster spots. He also showed versatility, playing at both guard and tackle.Witzmann played in all 16 games last year, and started 13 at left guard for the Kansas City Chiefs, so he brings starting experience and perhaps more stability to a line that has really been looking for it in the wake of injuries to Nick Easton and Pat Elflein.The Vikings brought in Witzmann for a workout last week Youth Harrison Smith Jersey
, and liked what they saw, apparently. Last year with the Chiefs, he posted a total PFF grade of 53.4, with a run grade of 54.6 and a pass block grade of 60.7. We’re less than ninety minutes from kickoff in the Twin Cities, folks, and the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints have both released their inactive lists leading up to tonight’s contest. Let’s take a look at who will be sitting this one out for both sides, starting with the visiting team.New Orleans SaintsOL Jermon BushrodOL Will ClappCB Ken CrawleyDB J.T. GrayOL Chaz GreenDE Trey HendricksonDL Mitchell LoewenBushrod not starting comes as a bit of a surprise. He was listed on the team’s injury report (one of only two players, along with Loewen), but was a full participant on Friday and was listed as “Not Injury Related.” But, his absence should help the Vikings’ defense, that’s for sure.Human target Ken Crawley is also out, meaning that the Saints will be starting Eli Apple Youth Stefon Diggs Jersey
, who they acquired earlier this week, at corner.And now, on to the home team.Minnesota VikingsLB Anthony BarrOL Tom ComptonRB Dalvin CookOT Riley ReiffCB Xavier RhodesS Andrew SendejoQB Kyle SloterContrary to what was reported earlier, cornerback Xavier Rhodes is inactive for this one. Rookie cornerback Holton Hill will get his first NFL start in Rhodes’ place. Linebacker Eric Wilson is also getting his first start in place of Anthony Barr.However, defensive end Everson Griffen is active for the first time since Week 3, so that’s good, at least. Unfortunately, Rhodes’ absence means that the Vikings have six starters down for tonight’s contest.Those are your inactives for tonight, ladies and gentlemen. The Open Thread for the first quarter of play will be along shortly.