Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said this afternoon that cornerback Xavier Rhodes and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, two 2013 first-round picks with starting roles, are day to day with injuries.
Rhodes exited yesterday’s 34-6 win over the St. Louis Rams in the third quarter with a groin injury. He tried to return to the game on the next series, but was shut down for good after three plays.
Floyd injured his shoulder in the fourth quarter but said after the game that he thought he was OK.
Zimmer said he isn’t sure right now if either of them will be unable to practice on Wednesday.
“I think we’ll find out more about them tomorrow,” Zimmer said. “But we’ll see.”
As for cornerback Josh Robinson, who left late in the fourth quarter, Zimmer said “he’s fine.”
Zimmer expects outside linebacker Michael Mauti (foot) and fullback Zach Line (ankle), neither of whom suited up against the Rams, to both participate in some fashion during Wednesday’s practice.
The biggest sports news of the day comes from Baltimore, and it has nothing to do with the Ravens’ season opener.
Running back Ray Rice was released by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Monday after TMZ released a disturbing video of Rice apparently punching his then fiance in an Atlantic City casino in February.
The NFL has received backlash for the way it handled the situation, suspending Rice for just two games, causing the league to change its policy against domestic violence cases. The first violation results in a six-game suspension while the second incident will trigger a lifetime ban.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was asked about the Rice situation and what challenges coaches face to making sure players stay away from off-the-field issues. Here’s the entire quote:
“First of all, I heard about it when I was walking down. I heard there was a video about it, and I was walking downstairs to come here. I’d heard he had been released, so I don’t know that much about it but as far as the question you’re asking, I’m always proud of the league and what it represents and the way it wants our players to act. Just like with the Vikings organization, I want our players to act in a certain way. Does it make it difficult sometimes? Yes, and I’m not speaking in reference to Ray Rice because I’m just talking about our guys and what we do. But I do think that if we continually talk to our players about doing the right things, bringing in the right kind of people – and again I’m not talking about Ray Rice, I’m talking about here and what we believe in – is that we will continually try to uphold the standards that the league wants.”
The Vikings have dealt with a domestic violence case in each of the last two seasons, though the team took action after both players were arrested or charged. Cornerback Chris Cook was acquitted on all charges that he assaulted his girlfriend in 2012, but the Vikings suspended him after he was charged. Cook wasn’t allowed to be around the team while the case played out, missing 10 games as a result.
Cornerback A.J. Jefferson was released last season the same day he was arrested for domestic violence in November.