Linval Joseph’s Absence From The Vikings Didn’t Hurt At All On Sunday
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – The Vikings held out hope that defensive tackle Linval Joseph would be able to play against the Bears on Sunday, but they will have to go without him for another week.
For the first time in three weeks, Joseph’s absence from the lineup didn’t hurt them as Minnesota rolled over Chicago 38-17 on Sunday.
Joseph has missed the last three games with a foot injury, which made his return to practice Wednesday an encouraging sign for a Vikings defense that’s been missing a lot of key pieces in recent weeks.
Joseph’s status was questionable on Friday and he wasn’t able to convince the team that he’s ready to get back to a full workload after two days of workouts without pads. Sharrif Floyd will again man the nose with Joseph out of action.
The Vikings ruled out safety Harrison Smith and linebacker Anthony Barr on Friday, so they were shorthanded on that side of the ball again on Sunday. Smith and Barr are each missing their second straight game and were pulled early in the Week 13 loss to the Seahawks.
In better news, defensive end Everson Griffen, who missed practice time with a shoulder injury, did get the green light to play on Sunday and safety Andrew Sendejo will return after missing the last two games.