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Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Final injury reports – Daily Norseman

The final injury reports are out for Sunday’s contest in Tampa between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and your Minnesota Vikings. There are a couple of pretty significant issues on the report this week for the purple, and we’ll start with their outlook.

Minnesota Vikings Week 14 Injury Report

Player Position Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Sunday Status
Player Position Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Sunday Status
Eric Kendricks LB Calf DNP DNP DNP Out
Alexander Mattison RB Illness DNP DNP DNP Out
Kyle Rudolph TE Foot DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
Irv Smith Jr. TE Back DNP LP LP Questionable
Chad Beebe WR Non-injury DNP
Garrett Bradbury C Abdomen LP LP FP
Ezra Cleveland G Ankle LP LP FP
Jeff Gladney CB Calf LP LP FP
Brett Jones OL Neck FP FP FP
Riley Reiff OT Ankle LP LP FP
D.J. Wonnum DE Ankle/Back LP LP FP

As you can see, the Vikings have already ruled star linebacker Eric Kendricks out because of the calf injury that caused him to miss last week’s win over Jacksonville. This is obviously pretty huge given just how much Kendricks means to this Vikings’ defense.

Also, this could be the first time since November of 2014 that Kyle Rudolph doesn’t suit up for Minnesota. He’s started 93 consecutive games, by far the highest among tight ends in the NFL (Jason Kelce of the Chiefs is currently second with 44). With Rudolph out and Irv Smith Jr. listed as questionable, the Vikings have just two healthy tight ends on the roster: Tyler Conklin and newly-signed Hale Hentges.

Now, on to the home team.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 14 Injury Report

Player Position Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Sunday Status
Player Position Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Sunday Status
Jamel Dean CB Groin DNP DNP LP Doubtful
Lavonte David LB Non-Injury DNP FP FP
Mike Evans WR Hamstring LP DNP FP
Chris Godwin WR Finger DNP FP FP
Rob Gronkowski TE Non-Injury DNP FP
Steve McLendon DT Elbow DNP LP FP
Jason Pierre-Paul LB Knee LP LP DNP
Donovan Smith OT Ankle LP LP FP
Ndamukong Suh DT Non-Injury DNP

The Bucs come into this one significantly healthier than Minnesota. They’ve only given one player an injury designation and haven’t ruled anybody out. Mike Evans was a full participant at practice, as was Chris Godwin, so it appears that Tom Brady will have his full complement of weapons when these teams face off on Sunday.

Those are your final injury reports for the week, folks. We’ll have more coverage of this one as we get closer to kickoff.

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