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Terence Newman questionable vs. Saints

Coming off a bye week, the Minnesota Vikings will be as healthy as they possibly could be heading into Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. Cornerback Terence Newman was the only player limited in Friday’s practice. Everson Griffen was a full participant after being limited on Thursday.

Newman missed Thursday’s practice, sparking concern that the Vikings’ nickel corner could miss Sunday’s game.

Newman transitioned into the slot role this season and played 56 percent of total snaps, with second-year corner Mackensie Alexander mixed in on 32 percent of snaps.

Center Pat Elflein was a full participant for the entire week He missed Week 17 with a shoulder injury. Tight end Kyle Rudolph was also a full participant in all three practices. His snap count was largely reduced over the final three weeks as he battled an ankle injury.

For the Saints, receiver Brandon Coleman is the only player listed as out. Starting guard Andrus Peat was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.

  • Drediock

    You planning on mentioning at some point the Saints rather lengthy injury list. Including their best run blocker?

    • HeWhoKnowsAll

      Nah, that’s why he has you.

    • linus

      Ummm… did you miss where he wrote “For the Saints, receiver Brandon Coleman is the only player listed as out. Starting guard Andrus Peat was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.”? They also have a couple special teams guys who are questionable because of illness, but everyone else is expected to play (according to ESPN’s Saints beat reporter). That’s not a terribly lengthy list.

  • Gordon Guffey

    Griffin hasn’t been the same the last 3 weeks as far a getting off on his pass rush ~ Hopefully they are just resting him and Newman ~ Its been a long season for all of the players ~

    • Todd E Wiltse

      whoa,whoa, whoa, Just because he isn’t getting as many sacks as he was in beginning of the year, doesnt mean a damn thing. He Is still a hugely productive and disruptive force on that d line, I bet that the vikings sacks per game haven’t diminished at all during the last 3 games, Meaning, He is getting doubled and the other lineman are getting those sacks instead. He is not just a pass rusher he is also one of the best against the run in the league, he also sets the edge, so guys like kamara cant get to the edge. Please stop listening to all the unprepared ex football players on these nfl shows, I can’t even watch nfl shows any more, most of those guys were great football players, but are terrible analysts, I.E Dion Sanders, Hands down the worst prepared analyst out there. These shows are just get togethers for nfl alumni. I like to do my own homework. don’t rely on unprepared analyst. They all keep talking about how good the Saints defense is playing, 400+ yd net both the last 2 games, 3-3 in their last 6 games. brees 6-0 at home in playoffs, 1-4 on the road. SKOL VIKES!

      • linus

        You are correct. The Vikings have 8 sacks in their last three games (2.7 per game) compared to 29 sacks in their first 13 (2.2 per game). That said, they’re only tied for the 17th-highest total as a team this season, and we all know their pass rush is MUCH more effective than that. Sacks are a poor measure, especially for the Vikings, because they rush in lanes rather than go all out to get the QB, which results in fewer sacks but arguably even more pressure, because the QB doesn’t have anywhere to go when the pocket starts to collapse.

      • Gordon Guffey

        Hang on friend ~ Get your panties out of a bunch LOL ~ He has played well enough but not as well as he can and no he hasn’t been getting the sacks is all I’m saying ~ Remember the 8 games in a row where he got one or more sacks ~ I’m just saying its the playoffs and it would be nice to see the sacks start racking up once again ~ Strip sacks would be even nicer if the Vikings recover them ~ Now is the time for teams ((( all teams ))) to want to start hitting on all 8 cylinder ~ Were every part of their games is working as it should ~ And that includes sack too ~

        Can the Vikings defense play well without sacks ~ Sure they can ~

        But to call me out for wanting sacks or for wanting players to play lights out football is what I dont understand ~ ??? Its not like I was bashing Griffin ~ In fact if you care to check my history I dont bash Viking players ~

        Have a good day Sir.

        • Scott Myhre

          As usual, I agree with most of what you write Gordon. I was worried there for a few days that you had gotten the flu or something worse as you weren’t quite as prolific as you normally are? Anyway I can attest to you not bashing any Viking player and you are nearly as rabid of a fan as I am! LOL…..

          • Gordon Guffey

            No sometime I’m just not myself ~ Be it not sleeping well and tired to how my meds for my back effect me at time and for no reason ~ I do get a little loopy ~ Hopefully when that happens I’m at least a god laugh for those who know men ~ Smiley Face 🙂

            Always happy to be apart of rabid Viking fans ~ Life just doesn’t get better than that ~ !!!!!

  • Topgunn

    Good point Gordon. I’m not really panicking about this either. And also a good point by Drediock! We have yet to see any kind of definitive Saints injury report. (and today is FRIDAY).

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  • Andre Esters

    You better believe Saints head coach is loving the chance to attack Alexander in the slot… should be interesting to see if coach Zimmer has Harrison Smith hawking or blitzing.





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