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Snap counts: How the Vikings handled defensive injuries

By Matthew Coller

The Minnesota Vikings were not only missing starting linebacker Eric Kendricks, but they also saw nickel corner Captain Munnerlyn get hurt early in their 22-16 loss to the Detroit Lions. Head coach Mike Zimmer tried a number of different combinations at linebacker and in the secondary.

Rookie Mackensie Alexander was on the field for 18 plays, which included two penalties and a touchdown scored against him by receiver Anquan Boldin. In the second half, Alexander was back on the bench and Terrence Newman took over the Nickel spot while Trae Waynes played 36 snaps.

At the linebacker spot, Chad Greenway saw a season high with 50 snaps, while Audie Cole and Emmanuel Lamur each were on the field for 16 plays.

On the offensive side, rookie Laquon Treadwell saw the field in Sunday’s game more than he had all year. Treadwell caught one pass in 17 total plays. Receiver Charles Johnson only was in for 22 snaps.

The Vikings did use their blocking tight end Rhett Ellison quite a bit, giving him 26 snaps and taking receivers off the field periodically throughout the game as Cordarrelle Patterson was in for 40 plays and Adam Thielen only 35. Offensive lineman Nick Easton played six snaps at a tight end position and Linval Joseph even came in for three at the goal line as a fullback.

The post Snap counts: How the Vikings handled defensive injuries appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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