Like every other coach in the history of football, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer isn’t big on telling people ahead of time whether injured players will play or not play.
This week, it’s left tackle Matt Kalil who is the most injured player on the team. He didn’t practice at all for the second straight day today because of a toe injury. Rookie Austin Shepherd filled in for Kalil during the brief open portion of practice.
After practice, Zimmer was asked if he Kalil will play on Sunday.
“I assume so,” Zimmer said before asking why injury questions get asked in the first place.
“You know I’m not going to say if they’re going to play or not,” Zimmer said. “What do you want me to say? That they’re not going to play?”
When told he could say that if it were the case, Zimmer said it wasn’t the case in Kalil’s case.
“I expect him to play,” Zimmer said.
In other injury news from the team’s official injury report today:
— Defensive tackle Tom Johnson (concussion), running back Matt Asiata (quadriceps) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee/ankle) went from limited participation Wednesday to full participation today.
— Still limited in practice today were running back Adrian Peterson (hamstring) and linebacker Anthony Barr (hand/knee).
— Everyone else had full participation, including quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (non-throwing shoulder) and linebacker Eric Kendricks (ribs). Both are on the injury report, but have had full participation in both days of practice.