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Trae Waynes, Anthony Harris to get first career starts for Vikings in Arizona

By Andrew Krammer

A trio of firsts will take place in the Vikings’ defense tonight against the Arizona Cardinals.

Veteran cornerback Terence Newman will start at safety and first-round rookie Trae Waynes will get his first career start at left cornerback. Coach Mike Zimmer said this week Newman wouldn’t need to see extended time at safety, though that was before safeties Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo were ruled out on Wednesday.

Waynes, the 11th-overall pick, has played 109 defensive snaps in relief up to this point, working behind Newman through the first 12 weeks of his rookie season. He’s forced into action as the Vikings are down three defensive backs they entered the season with in Smith, Sendejo and Antone Exum Jr., who was placed on injured reserve this week.

Safety Robert Blanton was questionable with a knee injury and is active, but won’t start. The Vikings will give undrafted rookie Anthony Harris his first career start at safety next to Newman.

As we wrote this week, rookie linebacker Edmond Robinson will get his first career start as well for the injured Anthony Barr. Robinson was a seventh-round pick this spring. Sharrif Floyd will start at nose tackle for the injured Linval Joseph again, with Tom Johnson filling in at three-technique.

Vikings’ inactives: QB Taylor Heinicke, S Harrison Smith (knee/hamstring), NT Linval Joseph (foot), LB Anthony Barr (groin/hand), S Andrew Sendejo (knee), LB Brandon Watts (rib) and C Nick Easton.

Cardinals’ inactives: QB Matt Barkley, CB Jerraud Powers, RB Andre Ellington, DT Frostee Rucker, T DJ Humphries, LB Shaq Riddick and TE Jermaine Gresham.

The post Trae Waynes, Anthony Harris to get first career starts for Vikings in Arizona appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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