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Monday, November 4, 2013
Vikings worried about 10 injured players

By Ben Goessling

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- When the Minnesota Vikings get back to practice on Tuesday, trying to make a quick turnaround for Thursday's game against the Washington Redskins, they could have as many as 10 players miss or be limited in practice.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph, who could miss up to a month with a fractured left foot, is probably the most significant injury of the group. But there are five other starters who could be in danger of missing time this week: guard Charlie Johnson, right tackle Phil Loadholt (who sustained a concussion on Sunday), defensive tackle Letroy Guion (who injured his right shoulder) and defensive backs Chris Cook and Jamarca Sanford, who missed Sunday's game with a hip strain and groin strain, respectively.

Other players who could miss time or be limited in practice this week are defensive tackle Fred Evans (knee), tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (leg) and running back Matt Asiata (shoulder). Asiata is attending his father's funeral in Utah, coach Leslie Frazier said. Asiata did not practice last week because of the injury.

Cook wasn't going to take part in the team's walk-through on Monday, coach Leslie Frazier said, but could do some work on Tuesday. Rhodes got hurt in the fourth quarter on Sunday and came back for one play before leaving again. Frazier said Rhodes "got a little nicked up" during the game but was better afterward. Of the injured players on the Vikings' defense, Cook and Rhodes sounded the most likely to return to practice before Thursday's game.

The Vikings will have to wait and see with the rest of their injuries.

"We have a ready list of potential candidates," Frazier said. "You never know from season to season how you’re going to get hit with injuries. Last year we were fortunate we didn’t get hit as much like we have this season, but there’s always a ready list."