Vikings down two members of secondary for Thursday night

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The Vikings will try for their second win of the season at home against the Redskins on Thursday night and they’ll be doing it without two starters from their secondary.

Safety Jamarca Sanford and cornerback Chris Cook will both be out for the Vikings. Both players missed last week’s game as well and the short turnaround to Week 10 didn’t do them any favors on the rehab front.

Sanford injured his groin against the Packers a couple of weeks ago and has not been able to get back on the field since then. Cook is out with a hip injury, which means that the Vikings will be missing three starters in the defensive backfield overall with safety Harrison Smith already on injured reserve/return.

The Vikings also ruled out right tackle Phil Loadholt with a concussion and guard Charlie Johnson is doubtful with an elbow injury. Tight end Kyle Rudolph will be sidelined by his broken foot and running back Matt Asiata and defensive tackle Fred Evans are also going to be watching the proceedings in street clothes.

For the Redskins, running back Chris Thompson is questionable with a knee injury but the team is otherwise healthy heading into Thursday night.