Of the missing players, only Evans registered any surprise; he's had injuries earlier this season, but was not on the injury report before Sunday's game against Cincinnati.
Coach Leslie Frazier said on Tuesday that it looked unlikely Gerhart would get back from a strained hamstring in time for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. Gerhart missed the Vikings' Dec. 15 game against Philadelphia and re-injured the hamstring on the first series of Sunday's game while he was chasing the Bengals' Reggie Nelson on a fumble return.
Smith, Frazier said Monday, is still sore after coming back from injured reserve two weeks ago. Peterson's rest is likely also precautionary, after the Vikings took him out to rest his sprained foot and sore groin on Sunday.
Guion injured his quadriceps on Sunday, Prater sprained his ankle, Dean has been dealing with a knee injury and Frazier already said Cole will miss Sunday's game with a high-ankle sprain.
The Vikings did, however, get cornerback Xavier Rhodes back on the practice field Tuesday. Rhodes has missed the Vikings' last two games with a sprained ankle, but Frazier is hopeful he'll be able to play on Sunday.