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Vikings list Peterson, Joseph and all injured as probable for Sunday

By Andrew Krammer

The Vikings are nearing full strength.

All 10 players on the team’s official injury report were designated as probable for Sunday night’s game against the New York Giants. Running back Adrian Peterson returned to practice on Friday and is expected to play after suffering a sprained ankle last week against Chicago.

Nose tackle Linval Joseph, linebacker Anthony Barr and safety Harrison Smith are all on track to return from a collective two-game absence (three for Joseph). Joseph has been held out since the Vikings’ Nov. 29 win in Atlanta with a toe injury. After being listed with a groin injury for two weeks, the Vikings designated Barr with a knee injury this week. Smith was limited in practice all week with his left knee injury, and is listed as probable.

Coach Mike Zimmer told reporters on Thursday he’d consider resting players whose statuses are ‘iffy’ should the scenario play out where Sunday night’s result is relatively meaningless. A Carolina or Seattle win locks up a playoff berth for the Vikings, and a Packers loss means the Jan. 3 season finale at Lambeau Field is for the NFC North title regardless of the Vikings’ result.

Also probable for the Vikings: tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle), cornerback Josh Robinson (brain), defensive end Everson Griffen (shoulder), defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (non-injury), receiver Charles Johnson (ankle) and running back Jerick McKinnon (hamstring).

Giants’ injury report: LB Devon Kennard (foot), DT Markus Kuhn (knee), LB James Morris (quad) and S Cooper Taylor (brain) are out; WR Dwayne Harris (shoulder) is questionable; RB Orleans Darkwa (illness), T Ereck Flowers (illness) and DE George Selvie (brain) are probable.

The post Vikings list Peterson, Joseph and all injured as probable for Sunday appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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