FOXBORO — The New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings have released their latest injury and practice attendance reports ahead of their Week 12 matchup in Minneapolis.
The Pats and Vikings will face off on Thanksgiving night, November 24 at 8:20 p.m. ET at US Bank Stadium.
While New England captaincy status remains in question, another key element of their offensive line will not fit against Minnesota.
Here’s Wednesday afternoon’s full report, along with its possible implications for Thursday evening.
DNP – Did not participate
LP – Limited participation
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-4)
OL Isaiah Wynn – Foot (DNP)
No players listed.
C David Andrews – Thighs (LP)
T Yodny Cajuste – Calf (LP)
DB Marcus Jones – Knuckles (LP)
WR DeVante Parker – Knees (LP)
REMOVED FROM LIST
LB Anfernee Jennings
LB Josh Uche
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What it means for the Patriots:
After his surprise return to training on Tuesday, center David Andrews has traveled to Minnesota and is officially ruled questionable. Andrews is a tough player with a high pain threshold. However, his hamstring injury could be enough to keep him on the sidelines. If Andrews misses the game, it doesn’t bode well for the Pats’ success. The effectiveness of both their running game and passing game dropped dramatically during his previous two-game absence. The Vikings linebacker typically plays one-on-one with opposing centers to maximize his ability to lunge behind the quarterback. With Andrews potentially out (or even handicapped), Smith would be in line to add to his 9.5 sack total for the season by pressuring Pat’s quarterback Mac Jones. If Andrews isn’t playing, veteran lineman James Ferentz is expected to start in his place, while rookie Kody Russey remains an option on reserve duty.
Tackle Isaiah Wynn will miss Thursday with a foot injury. As a result, reigning starter Trent Brown is called upon to take on a heavy workload. The 6-8 lineman was relegated to reserve duty in Week 11 due to a “coaching decision” by Bill Belichick. However, Brown did not appear on an injury report this week and should be perfectly healthy to occupy the left side of the line.
Correct tackle Yodny Cajuste is new to the report and is ruled questionable with a calf injury. The West Virginia product has played every offense down in the past two games after being activated from injured reserve. Cajuste is the third starting caliber offensive lineman to have health concerns going into this matchup. If he can’t play, recently signed Conor McDermott could play a key reserve role.
New England also has guards Bill Murray and Hayden Howerton, as well as converted tight end (turned tackle) Hunter Thedford, available for raise through his practice team.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-2)
CB Andrew Booth Jr – Knee (DNP)
T Christian Darrisaw – Concussion (DNP)
CB Akayleb Evans – Concussion (LP)
No players listed.
DE Dalvin Tomlinson – Calf (LP)
What it means to the Vikings:
As expected, Darrisaw will be sidelined as he remains in the concussion log. He’s arguably Minnesota’s key cog in barrel blocking. This could allow New England’s run defense to deploy multiple resources to contain Vikings star Dalvin Cook. The New England run-stop unit currently ranks 13th in the NFL with 114.5 yards per game and 17th in average yards per carry (4.47). He’s also a versatile lineman, often lining up wide in pass protection. Reserve tackle Blake Brandel will get the start in Darrisaw’s place.
Wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who was struggling with a toe injury, and linebacker Smith (knee) were removed from the report and confirmed for Thanksgiving night.
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