Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen missed practice today due to an illness, but head coach Mike Zimmer expects him to practice on Friday or at the very least be ready to start Sunday in St. Louis.

Also not participating in practice today, per the injury report, were fullback Zach Line (ankle) and outside linebackers Michael Mauti (foot) and Brandon Watts (knee), though Zimmer just told us that Line was able to do a little bit of individual work today.

Zimmer pretty much ruled out Mauti and Watt’s for Sunday’s game against the Rams, though they might have ended up being healthy scratches anyway with the Vikings relatively healthy right now.

Offensive tackle Mike Harris (shoulder) was limited again today. Cornerback Jabari Price (shoulder) and wide receiver Rodney Smith (neck) were full participants for a second straight practice.

In other injury news, my colleague Master Tesfatsion spoke with rookie offensive tackle Antonio Richardson, who is on injured reserve due to a knee issue. Richardson said he experienced swelling in his right knee after the preseason finale and is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery this week.