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Where: Mall of America Field, Minnesota
When: 01.25 (GMT)
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It will be a case of who is healthy and right to play both the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins as they start the NFL’s tenth week with a Thursday night clash at Mall of America Field.
Coming into the early game the 3-5 Redskins have the advantage in not just their record for the season but also in their casualty ward.
No players missed training on Tuesday, however, the news is not so good for the Vikings who enter the game with several concerns.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he was against Thursday night game and that is flew in the face of the NFL’s edict of making the game safer for its players.
“I don’t want to get into it, obviously. Do I agree with you? Yes. Yes I do. But you know they didn’t call me up when they scheduled these games,” Shanahan said.
The Redskins have practiced lighter this week because of the Thursday game. The focus in practice Tuesday was more mental than physical, as it will be during a short practice Wednesday (before flying to Minneapolis).
Players have to be extra focused on their treatment if they have an injury.
Linebacker London Fletcher, for example, had his knee drained. He did not want to discuss his health or status (he did practice), but that’s not something that leads to instant relief, either.
Even without those issues, playing four days after your last game isn’t easy, though the reward is a weekend off and more time to recover for the next game.
The 1-7 Vikings were missing eight players in their only full practice before Thursday’s game with the Washington Redskins, and another three — cornerbacks Chris Cook, Xavier Rhodes and Josh Robinson — were limited by injuries.
It seems likely that all three corners will play on Thursday, but the Vikings could be missing a number of other starters against the Redskins.
Safety Jamarca Sanford, whose groin injury is only the latest ailment he’s had this season, seems like he will be hard-pressed to return for the game; defensive coordinator Alan Williams said Robert Blanton will get playing time again with Mistral Raymond alongside Andrew Sendejo, which would seem to indicate the Vikings will be without Sanford for the second straight game.
Left tackle Phil Loadholt will definitely miss Thursday’s game with a concussion, coach Leslie Frazier said, which means the Vikings will start J’Marcus Webb at right tackle and break up a group (Matt Kalil, Charlie Johnson, John Sullivan, Brandon Fusco and Loadholt) that has started every game since the beginning of the 2012 season.
Johnson also sat out of practice on Tuesday with an elbow injury, while Joe Berger worked at left guard.
And the Vikings could also be thin at defensive tackle; both Letroy Guion (chest/knee) and Fred Evans (knee) sat out on Tuesday. That could leave the Vikings with just three healthy defensive tackles for Thursday, in Sharrif Floyd, Kevin Williams and Chase Baker.