Standout safety Harrison Smith, who missed last week’s win over the Falcons with a knee injury, is active and will start today against the Seattle Seahawks. Ditto for outside linebacker Anthony Barr, who tweaked his groin in Atlanta and also has been playing with a broken hand.
Nose tackle Linval Joseph will not play, though. The Vikings ruled him out on Friday. Sharrif Floyd will start for him at the nose with backup Tom Johnson getting the start at Floyd’s usual three-technique spot.
Safety Andrew Sendejo was also ruled out on Friday. With Sendejo out, second-year safety Antone Exum will get his second straight start.
Also inactive for the Vikings are quarterback Taylor Heinicke, outside linebacker Edmond Robinson, offensive linemen Nick Easton and Jermiah Sirles, and defensive end Justin Trattou.
The Seahawks will be without cornerbacks Cary Williams and Tye Smith, running back Marshawn Lynch, offensive lineman Kristjan Sokoli, tight end Chase Coffman, and defensive linemen Demarcus Dobbs and Jordan Hill.
Here is some pregame reading to keep you busy until the noon kickoff:
— The Seahawks were able to build one of the NFL’s deepest rosters while quarterback Russell Wilson was on his rookie contract. The Vikings will try to do the same thing while Teddy Bridgewater still comes cheap.
— Chip Scoggins took a look at running back Adrian Peterson’s signature move, the jump cut, which is still a weapon for him at 30.
— Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talked to Sid Hartman about his time in Minnesota as an assistant for Vikings legend Bud Grant.
— I picked the Seahawks to win today. But what do I know anyway?