EAGAN, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings will once again be weak in their Week 9 home game against Detroit.
Cameron Dantzler (concussion), Holton Hill (foot) and Mark Fields II (chest) were eliminated from Sunday’s match. Dantzler suffered a neck injury at the end of the first half at Green Bay after colliding with teammate Anthony Harris’ upper thigh while trying to execute a handling. The rookie lay motionless on the field for several minutes before he was taken to the next game and taken to the local hospital for further evaluation.
Earlier this week, coach Mike Zimmer said that Dantzler had a chance to take on the Lions, but opted in the third round without training Wednesday through Friday. So did Hill and Fields.
Dead corner rookie Harrison Hand is placed on the list of suspects because of a hamstring injury.
Minnesota has tackled the injury weekly with its defender unit. The team placed Mike Hughes on the injured reserve last week with a neck injury and three right-corner kicks left the game at Green Bay due to injury.
“Yes, it has quite a bit of status left,” said Zimmer. “Every week is like that. But we feel good about the people out there. We̵7;ve had a good workout this week and they just need to come out and perform in the game.”
The Vikings were on the corner by Jeff Gladney, Kris Boyd and Chris Jones. Minnesota is believed to have added former Raiders corner defender Dylan Mabin to the 53-man list.
Zimmer also responded to comments made on Thursday by former defender Vikings Everson Griffen, who expressed dissatisfaction with the Minnesota coach calling him just a “good player.” Griffen spent 10 seasons with the Vikings before signing with Dallas in August as a freelance agent and then relocated to Detroit. Sunday will be the first time the line racer will face the coach and his former team.
“I don’t know, I’m not trying to be offended,” said Zimmer. “You know, Everson, I think I let him captain in my first or second year here. He’s always been a great leader for us. He’s always trying to do.” everything we asked him to do. I think we have a good relationship, so I don’t feel I’m offended at all. I think Everson understands how I feel about him. I think he did too. “