Coaches tend to clam up when asked to pass along all of their inside injury information to their opponent via the local media. So Mike Zimmer wasn’t in a giving mood when asked about the health, or lack thereof, when it came to a Vikings receiver corps that could be down two players on Sunday.
Asked if there was a chance that Charles Johnson (rib) and Jarius Wright (hand) “wouldn’t play” on Sunday in Denver, Zimmer said, “There’s a chance both of them will be able to play.”
So, for the record, there is a chance they will play, which, logically speaking, means there’s a chance they won’t play. So gamble at your own risk, people.
Earlier today, offensive coordinator Norv Turner said the team was “holding out hope” that Johnson and Wright will be able to play, but was preparing backups Adam Thielen, Cordarrelle Patterson and rookie Stefon Diggs to play.
Zimmer was asked if he thinks Diggs, one of the stars of the preseason, is ready to step in during the regular season.
“Everybody we put in, we expect them to come in and play,” Zimmer said.
As for the official injury report, which is really the only thing anyone should go by, here it is:
Did not practice: WR Jarius Wright (hand), WR Charles Johnson (rib), DE Justin Trattou (foot), SS Andrew Sendejo (knee), CB Jabari Price (shoulder). Price was added to the injury report today. The others didn’t practice on Wednesday either.
Limited practice: LB Audie Cole (ankle).
Full practice: CB Xavier Rhodes (concussion/neck).