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Kalil active, Cassel inactive

Posted by: Chip Scoggins under Vikings players, Vikings quarterbacks, Vikings road games Updated: October 21, 2013 - 6:24 PM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil will play Monday night against the New York Giants after being listed as questionable because of back tightness.

Kalil missed two days of practice last week after experiencing some tightness in his back. He told reporters on Saturday that he had made progress and was optimistic he would be able to play.

The most notable inactive was Matt Cassel, who went from starting quarterback the previous two games to No. 3 on the depth chart this week, behind Josh Freeman and Christian Ponder.

The other inactives for the Vikings are cornerback A.J. Jefferson, wide receiver Rodney Smith, linebacker Gerald Hodges, offensive guard Jeff Baca, defensive tackle Chase Baker and defensive end Justin Trattou.

For the Giants, running back Brandon Jacobs is inactive because of a hamstring injury.  The Giants' second-leading rusher, David Wilson, also is out because of a neck injury. That leaves veteran Peyton Hillis, who signed with the Giants this past week.
 

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