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Harrison Smith, Joe Berger out; Marcus Sherels questionable

Center Joe Berger (concussion) and free safety Harrison Smith (ankle) have been ruled out for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville, but punt returner Marcus Sherels (rib) is questionable after missing the past two games, one of which turned in the wrong direction on Adam Thielen’s muffed punt inside the Vikings’ 10-yard line.

Also ruled out is defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who has been sidelined since the season opener because of a knee injury.

Also listed as questionable is backup linebacker/special teamer Edmond Robinson.

Second-year pro Anthony Harris is likely to step in for Smith. Nick Easton will make his second straight start for Berger.

Berger leaves field after stretching; Harrison Smith still out

Center Joe Berger, who missed last week’s game because of a concussion, went through stretching exercises before today’s practice but then left the field with head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman.

Berger was limited in Wednesday’s practice but was held out of Thursday’s practice. His status for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville is uncertain.

Meanwhile, safety Harrison Smith (ankle) was not at practice again today and is still not expected to play.

The Vikings will issue their injury report after practice. Smith is expected to be listed as out.

And, yes, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee) warmed up but then left the field and will not play this week. He hasn’t played since the season opener.

12:00 PM, 12/11 (FOX)
Minnesota 6-6
Jacksonville 2-10

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