Minnesota Vikings injury report: Cornerback shortage for Week 3

The Minnesota Vikings entered the season relatively healthy, playing Week 1 and Week 2 without any major injuries. Heading into their Week 3 matchup against the Tennessee Titans, it’s a very different story with several players hurt. Defensively, Anthony Barr suffered a torn pectoral injury in the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts. He will miss this game and the rest of the season after being placed on injured reserve.

Without Barr and rookie Troy Dye, the Vikings will have to figure out their new linebacker rotation as time goes on. The signing of linebacker Todd Davis should help.

Minnesota’s linebacker corps isn’t the only position group hurting. Several defensive backs enter Week 3 dealing with significant injuries. Head coach Mike Zimmer will have a lot of work to do, as he attempts to patch up a shoddy defense as it currently stands.

Down below, we take a look at the Vikings injury report, and how it will impact them for their Week 3 matchup against the Titans.

Minnesota Vikings schedule

  • Week 3: Tennessee Titans at Minnesota
  • Week 4: Minnesota at Houston Texans
  • Week 5: Minnesota at Seattle Seahawks
  • Week 6: Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota

Mike Boone injury update

  • Position: Running back
  • Status: Questionable
  • Injury: Concussion
  • Team Impact: As the third-string running back, Boone doesn’t play a prominent role on game days. His biggest impact usually comes on special teams. Either way, it looks like he’ll be ready to go on Sunday after being limited in practice on Thursday.
  • Fantasy Impact: None. If you have Mike Boone on your fantasy team in Week 3 of 2020, you done messed up A-A-ron.

Riley Reiff injury update

  • Position: Left tackle
  • Status: Questionable
  • Injury: Ankle
  • Team Impact: If Reiff is unable to go on Sunday, the Vikings could be in some trouble. Their offensive tackle depth is not strong. Veteran tackle Rashod Hill would likely be forced into battle. Getting in limited practices this week, it appears Reiff may give it a shot on Sunday.
  • Fantasy Impact: Going into Week 3, Reiff has been the second-best Viking offensive lineman per PFF ratings with a 73.1 grade. If Minnesota is without Reiff, the offensive line may struggle to protect Kirk Cousins up front. But that’s nothing new.

Troy Dye injury update

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Status: Out
  • Injury: Foot
  • Team Impact: Normally, it wouldn’t impact the team at all. But this week, the Vikings also lost Anthony Barr for the year. Naturally, Troy Dye was set to take those reps. That even started in Week 2 already. Unfortunately, in the second quarter, Dye hurt his foot. Now, Dye finds himself on the injured reserve, set to miss at least three weeks. The Vikings signed veteran Todd Davis to help fill their sudden void at linebacker. Newcomers Hardy Nickerson and Ryan Connelly should see more reps in Week 3. Eric Wilson is also still around, but he is already filling in for Ben Gedeon, who remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
  • Fantasy Impact: Not much. Derrick Henry is going to go off either way. As a rookie linebacker, Dye likely wouldn’t have impacted the game in a very positive way in his second career game.

Cameron Dantzler injury update

  • Position: Cornerback
  • Status: Questionable
  • Injury: Rib
  • Team Impact: This early into the rookie young career, it is tough to say. Dantzler was a bit of a surprise starter in Week 1, playing more snaps than any other Viking corner. In Week 2, he missed the game with his rib injury. Defensively, as far as coverage goes, the Vikings were about the same both weeks. Look for Kris Boyd, Jeff Gladney and others to pick up some of the lost snaps in Week 3.
  • Fantasy Impact: Ryan Tannehill, while he doesn’t usually put up big fantasy numbers, shouldn’t have any trouble having his typical day on the gridiron. With or without Dantzler, the Vikings can’t stop anything right now. 

Mike Hughes injury update

  • Position: Cornerback
  • Status: Questionable
  • Injury: Neck
  • Team Impact: Uh-oh. If Mike Hughes is having neck problems again, which plagued him at the end of 2019, that’s not good. Hopefully, the two injuries are not linked and it turns out to be a minor issue. Otherwise, the Vikings will continue having to dig even deeper down their cornerback depth chart. If Dantzler and Hughes miss the game, they will be down to their third-and fourth-string corners. Jeff Gladney, Kris Boyd and maybe rookie Harrison Hand will see more snaps in Week 3.
  • Fantasy Impact: The Titans usually have a rush-heavy offensive attack since they have the human freight-train running back Derrick Henry. I doubt they suddenly come out throwing the ball 35 times against the Vikings. Especially since the Titans running game should work well against a banged-up defense.

Kris Boyd injury update

  • Position: Cornerback
  • Status: Questionable
  • Injury: Hamstring
  • Team Impact: Mostly a special teamer, Kris Boyd has only played three snaps defensively in 2020. Although, with what could be two cornerbacks out for the Week 3 game, Boyd would likely see a healthy amount of snaps. if he can play.
  • Fantasy Impact: Very little. Since he typically doesn’t receive many snaps on defense, whether he plays or not won’t change much for what Tennessee has planned.

Minnesota Vikings injured reserve

  • Anthony Barr: Suffered a torn pectoral injury in Week 2 of the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts. He will miss rest of the season after being placed on injured reserve.

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Author: Malcolm Michaels

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