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Vikings will be without starters Remmers and Sendejo vs. Rams

Right tackle Mike Remmers returned to practice this week, providing hope he could make his way back to the playing field this Sunday from an Oct. 29 concussion.

But Remmers wore a beanie instead of a helmet as he watched his teammates at the start of Friday’s practice, two days before the NFC North-leading Vikings (7-2) host the NFC West-leading Rams (7-2). He’s been ruled out, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Rashod Hill is expected to start again at right tackle.

The Vikings will also be without safety Andrew Sendejo, who has not practiced all week while resting groin and hamstring injuries.

Defensive end Brian Robison left practice after warmups due to a back injury. The veteran is listed as questionable to play after practicing Wednesday and Thursday without issue.

Also questionable is defensive end Everson Griffen, who has said he’ll “for sure” make his return against the Rams. He’s been nursing a foot injury suffered Oct. 29 against the Browns.

Mailbag: Can the Vikings slow Rams star defensive tackle Donald?

Welcome to another Star Tribune mailbag, answering your Vikings questions via Twitter or email. Send your questions to @Andrew_Krammer or and he'll answer a few each Friday.

A: “Well, it’s not easy,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said this week. Rams All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald is the NFL’s best interior pass rusher and likely the league’s best interior defender overall. His 53 quarterback pressures are five more than any other NFL defensive tackle, according to Pro Football Focus. The Texans tried a little of everything to slow him down in their 33-7 loss last week, and Houston was doomed as soon as they left Donald with a one-on-one pass rush. They trapped him on a run, doubled him on another. Then Tom Savage dropped back and Donald seemingly went through Texans left guard Xavier Su’a-Filo with a rip move, ending in a strip sack. “You try and get two hands on him as much as possible,” Zimmer said. “You get him on the ground as much as you can – trap him, cut him.” This will be a top test for a Vikings offense crafty at protecting the quarterback.

A: Many questions need to be answered first, including the rest of Case Keenum’s season, Teddy Bridgewater’s potential play and how an NFL desperate for quarterback play receives a free agent Keenum after the best run of his professional career. He’s 288 yards shy of his career high for a season, for which he’s already reached in touchdown passes (11) and completion percentage (64.9). The way he has played will attract bidders. So regardless if he’s priced out for the Vikings next year, would Keenum want to return as a backup? He may be the next popular ‘bridge’ quarterback for somebody. The Vikings’ situation is open with only quarterback Kyle Sloter currently under contract through next season.

A: The Star Tribune’s Ben Goessling reported this month the Vikings don’t think defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd will be able to resume his playing career. Floyd, on the non-football injury list with a contract that can expire in March, has not been seen around Winter Park by reporters since this summer, when he was continuing to push through rehab from nerve damage suffered during knee surgery in September 2016. Floyd said this spring he still was unable to run. It’s been a devastating turn for a talented player who had already overcome difficult circumstances to play professionally.

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