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Updated: October 27th, 2013 6:22pm
Vikings near full strength as Freeman, Ellison highlight inactives

Vikings near full strength as Freeman, Ellison highlight inactives

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings are relatively healthy compared to the Green Bay Packers as they've deactivated just two players with starting experience for Sunday night's game. 

Quarterback Josh Freeman (concussion) and tight end Rhett Ellison (knee) will not dress against the Packers. Freeman started Monday night's loss against the New York Giants while Ellison plays a key role on special teams units and as an H-back on offense. 

The rest of the inactives: rookie guard Jeff Baca, receiver Rodney Smith, defensive tackle Chase Baker, running back Matt Asiata (shoulder) and cornerback Shaun Prater. 

On the flip side, the Packers had to deactivate three of their starting four linebackers in Clay Matthews, Brad Jones and Nick Perry. Receiver James Jones, also a starter, will not play as he's inactive. Tight end Jermichael Finley also remains out indefinitely with a neck injury. 

The rest of the Packers inactives: cornerback James Nixon and tight end Ryan Taylor. 

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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