- Ben Goessling, ESPN Minnesota Vikings reporter
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Hello from TCF Bank Stadium, where it's a balmy 12 degrees and the temperature is expected to climb to a scorching 14. This should turn out to be the coldest home game the Minnesota Vikings have played since the Bud Grant era, and it will be interesting to see how quarterback Teddy Bridgewater handles his first true taste of frigid Minnesota temperatures.
One player who won't be out in the weather Sunday against the Carolina Panthers is running back Jerick McKinnon, who was listed as doubtful for the game and said Friday he wouldn't play. McKinnon, who has been dealing with a low back injury for the last two weeks, will give way to Matt Asiata, Joe Banyard and Ben Tate on Sunday. Asiata is officially listed as the starter, though Banyard will likely see some work and Tate could get carries, as well.
Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (knee/ankle) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee) will both play, as will safety Harrison Smith (shoulder). Floyd was listed as questionable Friday, as was tight end Chase Ford, who is dealing with a foot injury. The Vikings' only player missing Sunday's game because of an injury, though, is McKinnon.
Here is the Vikings' full list of inactives for Sunday:
Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon, who was listed as doubtful, is inactive for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.