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Eagles-Vikings Injury Report: Adrian Peterson, Earl Wolff, and More

Having won their last five games, the Philadelphia Eagles (8-5) are in a unique position: they are big favorites on the road, something that has yet to happen all season. Now, however, with an offense clicking on all cylinders and a defense that has been as consistent as any over the past two months, the Eagles are finally getting the national recognition.

A win this weekend in Minnesota would be huge for the Eagles playoff chances, especially if the Matt Flynn-led Packers can knock off Dallas and trim the Birds magic number to 1 heading into Week 16.

Let’s take a look at this week’s injury report, which includes some key names for each team:

VIKINGS: RB Adrian Peterson (Questionable), RB Toby Gerhart (Questionable), TE John Carlson (Out), G Brandon Fusco (Doubtful), LB Chad Greenway (Probable), LB Larry Dean (Probable), CB Chris Cook (Questionable), CB Xavier Rhodes (Questionable), CB Josh Robinson (Out)

The Vikings really need their backs to be healthy (photo: AP)

The Vikings are hurting at two key positions: running back and cornerback.

Both Peterson and Gerhart are questionable; they have both been doing light drills (via ESPN), but it seems Peterson is a little farther along in the process. If Peterson can’t go, the Vikings’ offense, which has been one-dimensional all season, will struggle to get anything going against the Eagles’ improved front seven. If he and Gerhart are unable to play on Sunday, it might not even be surprising to see the Vikings fail to move the ball into the Eagles’ end of the field. The game could be over by the end of the first quarter if the Vikings do not have either of their top two backs.

With Robinson already out, the Vikings are already thin at the cornerback position. If Cook and/or Rhodes, the latter being one of the team’s first-round picks this season, are unable to go, the Vikings might have to even play a safety at cornerback to fill out the defense. Nick Foles could have a field day against this group.

EAGLES: S Earl Wolff (Doubtful), LB Najee Goode (Doubtful), CB Brandon Boykin (Probable), CB Cary Williams (Probable)

With Wolff unlikely to be able to play once again, Patrick Chung will get the start at safety next to the much-improved Nate Allen. Boykin and Williams will be good to go barring any major setbacks, so the Eagles surging secondary will face the Vikings’ horrid passing attack at near 100% this week. The key will be stopping the always-dangerous Cordarrelle Patterson, who can do big things with the ball in his hands.

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Categories: Beat Writing, Eagles

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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