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Six Vikings, including Rhodes, Reiff and Rudolph, sidelined at practice

The Vikings injury report on Wednesday looked more like one typical of the NFL in December.

Six players, including cornerback Xavier Rhodes, left tackle Riley Reiff and tight end Kyle Rudolph, were sidelined during the Vikings’ first practice before Sunday’s game against the Bengals.

Rhodes is dealing with a hip injury that kept him from one snap in Sunday’s loss in Carolina. Rudolph missed 19 snaps due to the injured ankle suffered against the Panthers. Reiff exited the game due to the ankle injury that had him in a walking boot later that day. He was out of the boot Wednesday, but unable to practice.

Also not practicing were cornerback Mackensie Alexander (ribs), linebacker Emmanuel Lamur (foot) and tight end Blake Bell (shoulder).

The good news for Vikings fans is right tackle Mike Remmers (low back) practiced for the first time since injuring his back Nov. 29 at Winter Park. He was limited on Wednesday. Remmers could return Sunday after missing the last five games due to brain and back injuries.

Remmers’ potential return would come at a good time with Reiff nursing an ankle injury. Rashod Hill filled in for Reiff during practice.

Center Pat Elflein, who was held out in Carolina, was limited again during Wednesday’s practice with a left shoulder injury.

Six other Vikings were limited Wednesday: Adam Thielen (knee), Linval Joseph (knee), Jerick McKinnon (shoulder), David Morgan (concussion), Jeremiah Sirles (knee) and Shamar Stephen (shoulder).

Zimmer optimistic about health of Vikings' offensive line

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vikings' Mike Remmers (74). [Star Tribune photo by Carlos Gonzalez]

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the Vikings prepare to return home after a three-game road trip on Sunday, coach Mike Zimmer sounded optimistic about having most of his offensive line healthy against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Zimmer said Wednesday he feels “pretty good” about the health of the line, adding, “I think we’ll get a lot of them back. I think we should get [Pat] Elflein back this week. I think we should get [Mike] Remmers back. There’s a good chance — a possibility of getting [Riley] Reiff back.”

Both Elflein and Remmers were participating during the Vikings’ first practice of the week.

Reiff, who injured his left ankle on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, was not practicing on Wednesday, but didn’t have a walking boot and seemed to be moving without a noticeable limp during a brief appearance in the locker room while media was present. Elflein, who was inactive because of a shoulder injury on Sunday, said on KFAN on Tuesday he is optimistic about playing against the Bengals.

Remmers has missed the Vikings’ last four games — three with a concussion, and one because of a low back injury he sustained in practice on Nov. 29. His return would give the Vikings at least one of their starting tackles on Sunday, even if Reiff is unable to play Sunday.

Rashod Hill, who has started the Vikings’ past four games at right tackle, shifted to the left side when Reiff was injured in the third quarter on Sunday. Hill said in the locker room on Wednesday the team is preparing him to play left tackle on Sunday.

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