Vikings rookie wide receiver Jarius Wright remains among inactives
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Rookie Jarius Wright was listed as probable on the Minnesota Vikings' injury report on Friday, meaning it was a "virtual certainty" he would make his NFL debut Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers at the Metrodome.
That, however, won't be the case.
Wright was among the seven players on the Vikings' inactive list, joining linebacker Erin Henderson; defensive end D'Aundre Reed; quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson; cornerback Brandon Burton; safety Robert Blanton; and guard Mark Asper.
Henderson (concussion) and Reed (calf) were declared as out for this game on Friday when the final injury report of the week was issued. Marvin Mitchell will start in place of Henderson at weak-side linebacker.
Wright suffered a sprained ankle in the Vikings' final preseason game on Aug. 30 at Houston and did not play in the first two regular-season games. However, it appeared he would be healthy enough to be on the active roster against the 49ers.
Wright, a fourth-round pick last April, was expected to serve as Percy Harvin's backup at slot receiver when he was selected.
Wright also showed some speed against the Texans before he was injured and there was some thought that with Jerome Simpson serving the third game of his three-game suspension Sunday, that Wright and Harvin might be able to help stretch the field and help Christian Ponder with a vertical passing game that hasn't existed in the first two games.
The key question with Wright is whether the decision to not have him up is related to concerns about his ankle or if Vikings coach Leslie Frazier decided not to play him.
Sunday's game was the second in a row in which Burton and Blanton were not active.
The 49ers' inactive list included quarterback Scott Tolzien; wide receivers A.J. Jenkins and Ted Ginn (ankle); running backs LaMichael James and Brandon Jacobs (knee); guard Joe Looney; and nose tackle Ian Williams.