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The final injury reports for both the Arizona Cardinals and the Minnesota Vikings are out and neither team will be at full speed for the Thursday Night Football potential playoff preview. Five players for Minnesota and three for Arizona have been ruled out for the game, including a total seven starters combined.
Arizona will have two starters on defense unavailable, just like their game four days ago. Defensive tackle Frostee Rucker and cornerback Jerraud Powers will miss the game, giving Ed Stinson and Justin Bethel the starts at their positions. On offense, running back Andre Ellington is not able to go yet. It appears he will be able to play next weekend in Philadelphia. That means David Johnson, the team's third round pick, will get the start again and will play the role of the bell cow on offense. He is expected to get 25 touches in the game. Kerwynn Williams and Stepfan Taylor will play complimentary role again.
Tight end Jermaine Gresham is doubtful for the game, which means Darren Fells and Troy NIklas will get a lot of snaps and backup center A.Q. Shipley will play the role of the third tight end and sometimes fullback.
Safety Tony Jefferson is questionable for the game and will be a game time decision. If he can't go, newly promoted D.J. Swearinger coulld see the field. It is also possible we see Deone Bucannon at his natural position at safety and Sean Weatherspoon play at linebacker.
The Vikings are a M.A.S.H. unit on defense. Defensive starters Linval Joseph, Anthony Barr, Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo are all out. They are their best defenders up front and their two starting safeties. Also out is linebacker Brandon Watts. Another safety, Robert Blanton, is questionable, but did not practice all week.