As an NFL season wears on, the outcomes of games can often hinge on which team has the most healthy players. It looks like the Washington Redskins will have a decided edge over the Minnesota Vikings in that category tomorrow night.
Mike Shanahan led off his press conference on Tuesday with the injury report and it didn’t take long. “Everybody was full at practice today, so no injuries,” he said.
It is a different story for the Vikings. Eight players were unable to practice on Tuesday and three others were limited.
Two offensive starters, left tackle Phil Loadholt and tight end Eric Rudolph, have been ruled out for tomorrow. Loadholt has a concussion while Rudolph will miss several games with a broken foot. It also looks like starting safety Jamarca Stanford will sit the game out with a groin injury.
One other starter who did not practice, left guard Charlie Johnson (elbow). The Vikings’ top three cornerbacks, Chris Cook hip), Xavier Rhodes (shoulder), and Josh Robinson (chest), were all limited in practice on Tuesday but reports out of Minnesota indicate that all three should be able to play.
The schedule is working against the Vikings this week.
“There are definitely challenges (to a short week), especially if you have injuries like we do," coach Leslie Frazier said in a conference call with Washington reporters. "Trying to get everybody on the field in a short week, in our case -- if we had a couple extra days, there are some guys who probably would be able to play on Sunday, but because we’re playing on Thursday, they’re not going to be able to make the game."
The final injury report will be released this afternoon.