A Look At How Injuries Impact Sunday’s Vikings-Chiefs Contest

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 29, 2011 – 7:46 am

The Vikings and Chiefs are both off to disappointing 0-3 starts, and they’ve gotten to this point in different ways. The Vikings have built double-digit leads in each of their games, only to lose nail-biters in the 4th quarter and overtime. The Chiefs have suffered through a pair of blowouts and one nail-biter of their own, but adding salt to the wounds is the number of players they’ve had go down to injury.

Given the Chiefs misfortune with injuries so far this season and with 7 players listed on the Vikings first injury report of the week, it makes sense for us to take a quick look at how injuries could impact Sunday’s game between these two clubs.

For the Vikings
It’s natural to be concerned when you see both LB E.J. Henderson and RB Adrian Peterson on the week’s initial injury report and listed as “did not participate.” Henderson is dealing with a sore knee and Peterson is listed with a calf injury. But indications are that their injuries won’t keep them off the field on Sunday, with Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier saying Peterson will be fine and Henderson could return to practice as early as today.

A pair of CBs – Asher Allen (toe) and Chris Cook (groin) – were on the injury report again this week, but both played through their injuries last week and both were full participants on Wednesday. Kevin Williams (foot) is also dealing with an ailment but played through the game on Sunday and was a full participant in practice on Wednesday.

S Tyrell Johnson (hip) and TE Jim Kleinsasser (elbow) were also on the injury report and listed as limited participants. No word on the severity of those injuries, but if they’re limited or full participants today, expect them to be available for Sunday’s game.

For the Chiefs
There isn’t quite as much optimism for the Chiefs on the injury front. They lost their best offensive player – RB Jamaal Charles – to a season-ending knee injury in Week 2, and they lost one of their top two defensive players – S Eric Berry – to a season-ending injury in Week 1. On top of that, starting TE Tony Moeaki suffered a season-ending knee injury before the season started and WR Jonathan Baldwin, a 1st-round pick last April, has been sidelined with a thumb injury since the preseason. So before this week’s first injury report was issued, the Chiefs were already hurting.

With Berry already out, the Chiefs secondary is now dealing with two more injured starters. Talented CB Brandon Flowers was a limited participant on Wednesday with an ankle injury, but he told reporters afterward that the ankle felt better than he anticipated and that he’ll push it even harder in today’s practice. The other injured starter is S Jon McGraw, who injured his shin last week against San Diego. McGraw was also a limited participant in practice on Wednesday.

Baldwin has been steadily progressing in recent weeks and his return could come as soon as this week. He traveled with the team to both Detroit in Week 2 and San Diego in Week 3. He hasn’t been a full participant in practice yet, but if he is this week that might indicate his return will be Sunday against the Vikings.

Ultimately, with both teams trying to avoid an 0-4 start, expect players to grind out practices this week and push hard to be available on Sunday. At this point it would be a surprise if either Flowers or McGraw didn’t play for the Chiefs, and as discussed above it sounds like Henderson and Peterson will be good to go for the Vikings.

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51 Responses to “A Look At How Injuries Impact Sunday’s Vikings-Chiefs Contest”

  1. By dmac32 on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings should dominate this weekend. We have to play all four quarters. I can still see 4-4 goig into the bye.

  2. By Dave on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    dmac, agreed. I have matt cassell and dwayne bowe on my fantasy. The only one thats put up any points is bowe. Cassel hasnt grabbed any points. We should do work.

  3. By rwf1984 on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Even though the Chiefs secondary is beat up, I still can’t see the WR’s beating them besides Harvin! Mike, you and the team should realize that us fans are right that Berrian is a waste of space on the roster. He doesn’t beat coverages that much and when he does McNabb either under throws because he got hit while releasing or over throws it when he is open. Sad to say that has been only 2 plays this season out of 3 games. Berrian could get someone off the street to play and you probably wouldn’t notice that its a fake Berrian!

  4. By VegasVike on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Nova- I would like to personally stake Cobie Smulders, can you set that up for me?

  5. By dmac32 on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Berrian and McNabb have to get a rhythm going. Berrian has the speed to stretch defenses. The offensive line also has to give McNabb more time. Our team is fine. I think that these two issues are the byproduct of a lack of offseason training. I’m curious to see the team’s chemistry after the bye.

  6. By Thai on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    I think we need to just play it safe and rest Asher Allen and tyrell Johnson. We’ll probably win. Actually we should just rest them for the rest of the year.

  7. By Parody on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    dmac – Berrian has had his chance to get a rhythm going. It’s too late for him now. Jenkins has proven to be a much better receiver with just as much time to establish a rhythm with the QB. By all rights, Berrian shouldn’t even be offered Jenkins position as the #3 WR. There are young receivers with potential that are more deserving of the spot right now.

    Berrian’s a bust, and it’s time to give him the axe.

  8. By Tom from Wisconsin on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    I think this season we are playing for draft picks !

  9. By Thai on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    I thought berrian was injured. He hasn’t played all year.

  10. By Titus on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    This season is far from over. Expect a huge game this week. AP over 200 yards and 8 sacks. 5-3 at the Bye.

  11. By Parody on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Titus – So you’re saying AP is going to be playing DE this week too? Or is he just going to be tackling McNabb every time he doesn’t get the ball?

  12. By Philip on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    I have to say our team work is great every one is doing good good but our QB he is not throughing ball well. and yes run peterson more and use play action. I have to say though I like ponder and next year and the next 4 years him and adrian and our team should be great. start ponder next year!!!!!!!!!

  13. By Titus on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Parody, ha ha ha. I say the focus will be on AP– besides KC has not done well against the run— AP will have two or three runs over 40yds– that’s 60% of 200 right there, in 3 touches. This team will come out and dominate.

  14. By Carl K on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    5-3 at the bye? Titus, I appoint you Mayor of Fantasy Island.

  15. By GMan on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    3-5 at the bye would be a vast improvement over the wasted opportunities that have brought us to 0-3.
    I can’t explain it, but for some reason, I’ve yet to lose my faith in our team. Go Vikings!

  16. By Justin F on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Who here thinks that if Vikings lose to the Chiefs despite the Chiefs being shallow as h e ll, we officially become the worst team in the NFL?

  17. By Carl K on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    @KC – win
    Arz – win
    @Chicago – loss
    Greenbay – loss
    @Carolina- (Ponder’s first NFL start) WIN!!!!!!!!!!

  18. By Titus on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    KC– win
    AZ- win
    Chicago- loss
    Green Bay- win

    4-4 at the Bye– have to correct myself, although Chicago is vulnerable to our D– maybe 5-3

  19. By NovaScotiaVike on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Titus, I wish you were my bookie.

  20. By Parody on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    LOL – I wish I had a bookie.

  21. By Parody on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Then again, maybe not. I’d just ignorantly keep betting the Vikings will win…

  22. By Titus on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    4-4 — I am sticking with that — and saying if we are 5-3, I won’t be shocked.
    Any others willing to make a bold prediction?

  23. By NovaScotiaVike on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Titus, you aren’t exactly giving Nostradamus a run for his money.

  24. By soldjaboy on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    honestly in my opinion if the vikings play the way they have been playing in the second half they will continue too lose. In my eyes this is a team that shows no hope this season. i dont expect the vikings too win anymore then 4 games this season

  25. By Lants on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    What is it we recruited Joe Webb for?? Oh yeah, WR! Maybe we could give that a thought?

    What do y’all think of the O-line this year? I was not a huge fan of McNabb coming here, but in his defense, it seems like the pocket is constantly collapsing in on him.

  26. By Carl K on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    soldjaboy- that is one side of the coin. If the Vikings continue to play the way they have in the first half they could be 5-3 at the bye.
    We have rare case of the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde football syndrome.

  27. By VegasVike on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Titus would lead Vladimir into battle with no fear. He is the Brett Favre of bloggers!
    Nova-Parody-Titus-Shawn and other regulars… My iPad locks up at about 150ish blog entries therefore when I disappear in a conversation I’m not being rude I just can’t respond. And I don’t think the Mrs. would see the humor in me firing up Mission Command in the middle of the night. So my apologies, DON’T STAKE ME!!!

  28. By Spencer on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    I have a question for you guys….Who do you have the most faith in with guarding D.Bowe: Cedric Griffin, or Chris Cook?

  29. By Parody on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Spencer – I’m voting for Cook. Griffen gets tackles after the catch, whereas Cook is showing that he can actually contend for the ball. I vote for the latter, especially against a guy who gets most of his catches deep downfield.

  30. By Ryan on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t see how you said its a win against gb must be high on something, make sure you guys lead my 100 points if not gb will do an easy comeback.

  31. By GM on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Calvin Johnson is a much better WR than Bowe imo. I thought Cook did as well as anybody on CJ so I put him on Bowe.

  32. By VegasVike on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply


  33. By GM on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    I’ll go 5-3.

    I think a swagger will develop. Enough guys will get sick of this second half BS to make the transition to a finishing team.

  34. By vikes4life on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    If we can learn how to get the whole team to mesh and play well for more than half of a game i would say 4-4.

  35. By VegasVike on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Those of you looking for a bookie just send me your money and I’ll, um, disappear! Maybe if we lose to the Chef’s the team and coaches will FINALLY realize we need to make drastic changes. On the the hand it would be nice to get a W…

  36. By KLAWZ on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Did somebody actually post we will beat the Pack? Are you out of your mind, you officially dont watch any football do you? Wow…..KC is prob the only team we will beat before the bye….and i actually like the purple! 5-3? WTF…..are any of you guys actually watching this year?

  37. By KLAWZ on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    BB is one of the worst recievers i have ever seen…..worse than T. Williamson! Jenkins looks pretty good when McNabb actually throws a decent ball….which is not offten…….he gets the nod if you ask me! Play Ponder! Didnt we blow our load on this kid last year?………well then play him!! Who gives a flying F$ck about Mcnabbs feelings! Grrrr.!!!

  38. By Parody on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Klawz – Old vets like McNabb who have just had a falling out start to get scared of new youth. So you’ll often see clauses in their contracts when they sign with desperate teams that pretty much guarantees they’ll be the starter unless they are physically incapable of dragging themselves into the huddle.

  39. By KLAWZ on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah i get that Parody… will somebody make him “physically incapable of dragging himself into the huddle” Kansas City??? Ha Ha! JK…kinda! He is a joke Parody, he was gassed before the first quarter was over…there are reason why Washington got rid of him! He is lucky he has a top 3 back in the league surrounding him! BTW Washington was flirting with 3-0!! Tired of McCant!

  40. By VegasVike on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    McCant lol

  41. By KLAWZ on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    But seriously guys, not saying that ponder or webb is our answer, maybe they are, but man…McWont be our answer……this guys toilet must be lookin pretty dirty………guy has no aim what so ever! Drop BB, Play Ponder, put in Jenkins and play webb as a receiver and include him in a wild cat from time to time! Is Frazier lovin BB cause of the whole Bears thing…………man i hope not! I think we have to much sentimental attachment to some of our players once in a while. This goes for any of our Q’s…… action play action play action……..even McNever! You like that Vegas? hehehe!

  42. By Rocksalt on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    bench mcnabb

  43. By paul on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    A clause in a players contract guaranteeing them a starter, really….

    Again what number does McNABB wear when he’s playing defense.

  44. By KLAWZ on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ya know, kinda got off on the wrong foot when i started posting on here (when the vikes have been playing sh#tty) saying this, yes bench McCantAim! Give the greenyz some field time! Just sucks, we have some decent talent, just never seems to come together for us!

  45. By Alex Lawson on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    So what do you guys think about Chris Cook’s performance against CJ last week? That first touchdown was almost impossible for any CB to cover…I mean Cook is 6’2 and still couldn’t get high enough. I thought he showed a lot of potential and I’m excited about him. It’s nice to see an aggressive CB in terms of tracking the ball in the air, opposed to Griffin’s style of play.

  46. By Puckertrucker on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    You guys are giving to much credit where credit isn’t due the Vikings had better try to give AP as many touches as he wants or it’ll be bye- bye Vikes for thanksgiving or sooner we might just get to Aquire Andrew Luck next draft day. You all sound like the Vikings have got their problems solved all ready and they haven’t won dittily sqaut yet.

  47. By Thai on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings have a lot of problems. Berrian is one and should be an easy fix. Since he’s not dealt with, coaching is problem 2. Our safeties are non existent much like berrian. Play calling is not good. Peterson getting the ball 5 times in the second half. Percy in on only 44% of offensive plays. 3rd and long we throw to kleinsasser. 4th and 1 Toby runs it. Peterson 100$ mil decoy. It takes 3 losses and media criticism to address some of these problems. Open your eyes Frazier. “quarterback is not one of our problems”. 50% passing and 35% on third downs. 35% is worst on the NFL. Quarterback IS one of our problems. I’m not being negative just trying to find solutions which is more than the coaching staff.

  48. By hippster on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    welcome to the loser bowl .4-4 YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME .this team is set to implode. 4-12 last in the division no heart no soul

  49. By dre on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    i think the vikes can end up 12-4 or 13-3. cuz rlly if they play like the first half team, theyre unstoppable man.

  50. By Lants on Oct 1, 2011 | Reply

    I have them going 5-11…which makes me a sad panda.

  51. By KLAWZ on Oct 1, 2011 | Reply

    @Dre…WTF………soooo… the Vikes are going to win every single game starting this week????? You must be out your mind boy! You do realize we play the packers twice yet this year?? Yeah they need heart first and foremost then they need to take a look at individual players!!! Dre do love your optimistic look though man!!! Guess we are the best first half team in the league, but that dont mean sh#t if you cant finish!!

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