Outside linebacker Chad Greenway, who left in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 20-9 loss to the Saints, did not practice today due to a broken left hand and a painful broken rib. Greenway, whose status for this weekend is in doubt, said he was frustrated that the injuries affected his play Sunday.
“You go back and look at the tape and I just couldn’t be nearly as effective as I needed to be. That’s the unfortunate part of this game. Injuries happen and you just have to deal with stuff,” said Greenway, who has started 90 straight games at linebacker for the Vikings. “Sometimes you can’t deal with them as much as you thought you could have or they become just too much.”
Also sitting out today’s practice were nose tackle Linval Joseph (shoulder), tight end Kyle Rudolph (sports hernia) and cornerback Josh Robinson (hamstring). Joseph and Robinson are new additions to the injury report, as was safety Harrison Smith, who was limited in practice with a knee injury.
Outside linebacker Brandon Watts (knee) was also limited. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (shoulder), outside linebacker Michael Mauti (foot) and wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring) participated fully. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who had a hamstring injury, is no longer on the report.
With Greenway potentially out for Sunday’s game against the Falcons, rookie outside linebacker Anthony Barr could be the one who wears the green dot. That is a lot to ask of any rookie, let alone one who only played defense for two years at the college level. But it says a lot of how the coaching staff feels about Barr, who has played all but 10 defensive snaps for the Vikings this season.
There is good news for Greenway, though. His wife had a baby yesterday — the couple’s third child.
Phil Hughes won his 16th game of the season, striking out five batters and walking none to put his season strikeout-to-walk ratio at a MLB-record 11.63. But a rain delay might have cost him a big bonus.
The Vikings announced they’ve placed quarterback Matt Cassel and right guard Brandon Fusco on injured reserve Wednesday.
Both suffered injuries during the 20-9 loss to the Saints on Sunday. Cassel fractured several bones in his left foot during the second quarter, while Fusco hurt his pectoral muscle in the second half.
The Vikings signed tight end Chase Ford and rookie offensive lineman Austin Wentworth from the practice squad as corresponding moves. They also signed quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson and tight end Ryan Otten to the practice squad.
With Cassel’s injury, it will be rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s team for the rest of the season. He went 12 of 20 for 150 yards with six rushes for 27 yards against the Saints filling in for Cassel in his NFL debut.
The bigger injury might be Fusco, however. He signed a five-year, $25 million extension right before the season opener and plays a key role in the Vikings run game. Without him, the Vikings will attempt to fill the void with Vladimir Ducasse, Wentworth and rookie guard David Yankey, who has been inactive for the first three games. Ducasse committed two penalties in 11 snaps replacing Fusco against the Saints.
The Vikings didn’t announce a move regarding tight end Kyle Rudolph, who will need sports hernia surgery and expected to miss about six weeks.