Sunday, October 21, 2012
Sunday morning roster maneuvers
By Kevin Seifert
MINNEAPOLIS -- Good morning from the Metrodome, where I'm set up and settled in for Sunday's game between the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals. Of course, you would know that if you followed me on Instagram at kevinseifert_espn, but that should go without saying.
Only two of our teams are in action today as we await Monday night's game at Soldier Field. So here are a few notes on Sunday morning's roster maneuvering for the Vikings and Green Bay Packers, who are set to play at the St. Louis Rams:
- There were no surprises on the Vikings' list of inactive players. Receiver Jerome Simpson (back) is active and expected to start after missing one game.
- Rookie Casey Hayward will get his first career start at cornerback for the Packers in place of Sam Shields (shin). Hayward had two interceptions after replacing Shields last Sunday against the Houston Texans.
- The rest of the Packers' injury replacements are unsurprising. Ryan Pickett will again start at nose tackle in place of B.J. Raji, with rookie Jerel Worthy starting at defensive end. Erik Walden will start at outside linebacker in place of Nick Perry.
- Let's keep an eye on how the Packers distribute their playing time among receivers after taking a look at Rob Demovsky's story on the phase-out of receiver Donald Driver in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. You wonder if rookie Jarrett Boykin will start to get a look at some point.