With the expansion of Thursday night games to a weekly basis this season, we’ve also had an expansion of imaginary practice reports on Mondays.
Teams that play on Sunday don’t practice the next day, but they do submit a practice report indicating what level of participation they think players would have achieved if there had been an actual practice. It’s an inexact science, to say the list, but it does give us an idea about injury situations to watch as the week unfolds.
The Vikings and Buccaneers are up this week and Minnesota’s got the names to watch. The Vikings estimated that running back Adrian Peterson, tackle Matt Kalil and defensive end Jared Allen all would have been sidelined at practice on Monday. Peterson’s been dealing with an ankle sprain, although it didn’t seem to bother him all that much while he was running all over the Cardinals. Allen was limited in practice last week by a groin injury, but also had no obvious issues on the field during Sunday’s win.
Kalil wasn’t on the injury report heading into Sunday’s game, which suggests he picked up a back injury during the contest. There was no sign that it affected him during play or discussion about it after the game, so it may not be anything particularly serious. Cornerback Antoine Winfield, who has been bothered by a knee problem, and tight end John Carlson, concussed on Sunday, also would have missed practice for Minnesota.