With their showdown set for Thanksgiving night on Nov. 24, the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings have released their final injury reports ahead of their Week 12 clash in Minneapolis.
Vikings vs. Patriots: How do they fare?
As they approach this game, the Patriots and the Vikings have come through some very different encounters in Week 11. As for the Pats, they overcame an extremely strong defensive effort by the New York Jets to come out with a 10-3 win. In truth, were it not for QB’s apparent surrender zach wilson, the Patriots probably wouldn’t have been so lucky. With that in mind, it’s worth noting that the Jets have since made the decision to bench their misfiring signal caller.
As for the Vikings, Minnesota went from one of the league’s best-performing teams with an 8-1 record to a 40-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in a week. Now at 8-2 and a Patriots team just beginning to gain traction with a 6-4 record, it goes without saying that the Vikings will be looking to get back on the winning track. With all that said, here’s a look at the injury report for both teams as they prepare to face off at 8:20 p.m. ET at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Viking Injury Report
IThat shouldn’t surprise you Christian Darwin continues in the concussion protocol, which of course comes as a major blow to the Vikings as it’s without a doubt one of their best options when it comes to blocking runs. That means we’re likely to see the Patriots deploy a number of players to help contain the Vikings star running back Dalvin Cook. In fact, New England’s running stop currently ranks 13th in the league with 114.5 yards allowed per game. They are also 17th in average yards per carry at 4.47. That’s all to say that we can certainly expect the Patriots to strive for a group effort as far as Cook is concerned Blake Brandel probably got the nod in Darrisaw’s absence. There is some good news in that wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who had a problem with his toe, and linebacker Za’Darius Smith were both cleared for Thanksgiving night.
|CB – Andrew Booth Jr (knee)||–||EN – Dalvin Tomlinson (Calf)|
|T – Christian Darrisaw (concussion)|
|CB – Akayleb Evans (concussion|
Patriots Injury Report
The big news from the New England camp is this center David Andrews actually traveled to Minnesota with the team, although he is still listed as questionable. Andrews is a tough player who seems content with pain. Andrews’ presence can be seen as essential to Pats’ chances of success. When it comes to his not being able to play, we can count on Smith of the Vikings being a much bigger threat to New England MacJones. In terms of who will replace Andrews, that responsibility will most likely rest on the shoulders of veteran James Ferentz. Keep a close eye on this one.
|OL – Isaiah Wynn (foot)||–||C – David Andrews (thigh)|
|T – Yodny Cajuste (Calf)|
|DB – Marcus Jones (ankle)|
|Wr – DeVante Parker (knee)|