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Rhodes will play for Vikings against the Panthers, Treadwell will not

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who missed the first two games of the season with a knee injury, will make his 2016 debut today against the Panthers and their oversized wideouts, Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess.

But interestingly, the Vikings have still listed Trae Waynes and Terence Newman as their two starting cornerbacks in their base defense. So we will see if that is a ruse or if Rhodes has a limited role this afternoon.

The Vikings have also listed Matt Asiata, not Jerick McKinnon, as their starting running back even though coach Mike Zimmer indicated this week that McKinnon would be the lead back with Adrian Peterson now on injured reserve. Still, the expectation is that McKinnon gets more touches.

Newcomer Ronnie Hillman, who was signed Wednesday, is not active.

Neither is top draft pick Laquon Treadwell, who is a healthy scratch after playing just two snaps in his two games. Jarius Wright is active instead.

Also inactive for today’s game are tight end MyCole Pruitt, center Nick Easton, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and linebacker Kentrell Brothers.

T.J. Clemmings starts at left tackle in place of Matt Kalil, who is also on IR.

Sam Bradford, who starred on the ice and hardwood before deciding to become an NFL QB, will make his second start under center. He threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 2 win over the Packers.

All quiet at Bank of America Stadium as Vikings arrive without incident

CHARLOTTE — All is relatively quiet right now, a couple of hours before game time, at Bank of America Stadium, where the Vikings and Panthers will kick off as scheduled a little after 1 p.m. local time.

The unrest in the city has died down after violent protests were sparked Tuesday night and Wednesday night following a police shooting. There were internet rumors of civil demonstrations being planned to take place outside of the stadium this morning. But if they are happening somewhere, they have yet to impact today’s game.

All five Vikings team buses arrived at the stadium without incident and some players are already out on the field for early warmups. The final two buses, for the late sleepers, just pulled in to the stadium a little bit ago.

This reporter did not spot a single protester on his way inside. There were a ton of tailgaters, though, with the smell of sizzling hot dogs wafting through the air. A couple of police cruisers were parked on the south side of the stadium. The officers leaning on them appeared pretty relaxed.

We will let you know if things change on this beautiful Sunday morning.

Final, 9/25 1 2 3 4 F
Minnesota 3-0 2 6 8 6 22
Carolina 1-2 10 0 0 0 10

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    22

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    31

No NBA games today

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    Los Angeles

     

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