Harrison Smith, Anthony Barr ruled out for second straight game

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Safety Harrison Smith returned to practice for the Vikings this week, raising some hope that he’d also be able to return to the lineup after missing the team’s Week 14 loss to the Cardinals with a knee injury.

It’s not going to happen, though. Smith was ruled out by the Vikings on Friday and he will again be joined on the inactive list by linebacker Anthony Barr. Barr wasn’t able to practice the first two days of the week due to a groin injury, but got in a limited session on Friday.

Defensive tackle Linval Joseph has missed the last two games with a foot injury, but drew a questionable listing after making his own return to the practice field. His return would bolster the defensive line against the Bears as the Vikings try to snap a two-game losing streak. Defensive end Everson Griffen, who has a shoulder injury, is also questionable after returning to practice Friday.

Wide receiver Charles Johnson was added to the injury report during the week and will miss the game with an ankle problem. Defensive end Scott Crichton has also been ruled out after suffering a concussion.

60 responses to “Harrison Smith, Anthony Barr ruled out for second straight game

  1. With Tampa losing, there is very little chance that the Vikings miss the playoffs. At this point, it’s more important to get these guys healthy than to risk further injury or a reoccurrence.

  2. Should be an interesting game, but Barr is going to have to learn to control himself better on his tackling
    or the D line needs to make more Tackles next year
    so the Linebackers and Safeties don’t have to.
    This is Pro Football and if the Backups weren’t good they wouldn’t be on the team.
    The Packers will Drop at least one or two more games,
    so there’s time for them to heal.

  3. The DL doesn’t really rack up the tackles stats that much, especially in todays league, where its common to see bubble screens once or twice a drive, and if you see your DL making a tackle its usually not a good thing, a long with other things that has made the NFL game evolve into a passing league.

    Even if the backups are good you lose something for at least a couple weeks, becaue if the back ups were good enough they would be the starter. Thats why Patterson doesn’t start, and thats why they dont like AP in the 2 minute drill or 3rd and over 5 yards. He isn’t good enough for what they need him to do there.

  4. Zim coached em up well vs. the Cardinals & hopefully the D will show up again Sunday.

    No excuses. Purple play hard.

  5. If the Vikings lose it will be because of the injuries.

    When they lose in the playoffs to the Packers it will be because of the refs. That’s why our Vikes are 1-10-1 in the last 12 against the Pack. The refs.

  6. Man, they got my hopes up with Smith practicing this week. This is the easiest game left on the schedule but might be the toughest to win, with those guys out. Let’s hope the offense can avoid turnovers and Teddy can put some points on the board.

  7. conormacleod says:
    Dec 18, 2015 2:48 PM
    They aren’t playing the Seahawks or the Cardinals. It will be fine.
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    You forgot to add the 9ers to that list, and also the Bears played them close the first time around. So maybe I wouldn’t have the same arrogance that you have headed into this weekend.

  8. Barring that we some how miss the playoffs, I don’t mind these two guys sitting to get fully healthy. If we have any shot at all winning in the playoffs, we have to have Barr and Smith healthy. Same goes for Joseph. If he is not healthy, let him sit and get better. The Vikes need all their key pieces healthy if they are gonna compete against teams like Arizona, Seattle, and Carolina.

  9. atthemurph says:
    Dec 18, 2015 2:32 PM
    Turn out the lights, the party’s over…..
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    I agree. The Cheeseheads won’t win another game during the regular season.

  10. Barr probably has a sports hernia (as opposed to an office hernia I guess) and is cooked for the year. It was tough for Smith’s hammy to heal in 13 days. Those are the two guys the Vikes really need for the D to be most effective Sunday, particularly against the offense the Bears run. I bet the Bears run more 1 or 2 WR sets Sunday than they have all year.

    And sdsmooth, if the Vikes lose to the Pack, it will be for the same reason they lost to them in the past 5 years or so, and that reason alone — Aaron Rodgers.

  11. The “usual suspects” Viking-haters can’t get their vitriol out of their mouths fast enough. They are spitting drool as fast as the words spill out.

    Lock the windows after the Packers lose again.

  12. You forgot that other team that beat you at home. By a margin larger than Arizona.
    _ _ _ _

    Nope sure didn’t forget them… a team that looses at home to the bears and the lions. The Vikes don’t need a fully healthy squad to beat a team like that.

  13. At least Linval Joseph appears to be ready to come back. The defense is going to have a hard time getting back to it’s old self with these two guys out.

    That said, the Viking offense would do well to come out strong early in this game, and establish a lead. It’s not like the Bear defense is causing opponents to shake with fear in the locker room prior to the game. They can be scored upon, and if Norv Turner doesn’t get mired into running on every first down in the first half, the Bear secondary can be exploited.

  14. This team just seemed to roll over and embrace the suck ever since the Packers humiliated them at that little college TGIF field the they are forced to play at.

  15. Smith is probably the softest player in the NFL. I read he has a bruised labia. Seems to be a recurring thing with him. If it’s his labia majora he’ll miss the rest of the season.

  16. It’s tough to say what will happen on Sunday between the bears and the Vikings. Normally, I would expect the Bears to be all fired up for this game as it’s their last chance of the year to make an impact on the playoffs within the division due to Detroit’s rough start to the season. But… I also expected them to be all fired up on Thanksgiving and they looked rather flat, even in victory. It was very un-Bear like.

    Then there’s the Vikings. They looked pretty decent earlier in the year, but they’ve lost three of their last four and two of those losses were pretty ugly. If they drop this one, their playoff hopes could be in trouble, especially if the Giants can pull off a home upset of Carolina.

  17. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Dec 18, 2015 4:20 PM

    Whereas Aaron Rodgers admitted he was a coward.
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    Oh, Theodore. It’s so unbecoming when you take things out of context and twist words. If you’re going to lower yourself to those kinds of depths, why not just go “full Ariani” and post absolute untruths?

  18. purpleguy says:
    Dec 18, 2015 4:05 PM
    And sdsmooth, if the Vikes lose to the Pack, it will be for the same reason they lost to them in the past 5 years or so, and that reason alone — Aaron Rodgers.
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    How come the Packers haven’t lost to the Vikings the last five years…….due to Peterson?

  19. cheeseisfattening says:
    Dec 18, 2015 4:11 PM
    The “usual suspects” Viking-haters can’t get their vitriol out of their mouths fast enough. They are spitting drool as fast as the words spill out.

    Lock the windows after the Packers lose again.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

    Thank you.

  20. The adversity they’ve faced over the last few weeks will actually be a benefit for them. Had they played cupcakes and won easily they’d likely have gone into the playoffs with an undeserved arrogance. However, have gone toe-to-toe with the Cards missing our 3 probowlers on defense, that near come from behind will be a rallying cry akin to surge the Vikes experienced after the near com from behind at Denver earlier in the season.

    Bears have nothing to play for, I bet they’d rather see the Vikings win the division than the Packers and a loss means better draft position.

    Vikes win by 10.

  21. purplepackerhater says:
    Dec 18, 2015 4:54 PM
    Bears have nothing to play for, I bet they’d rather see the Vikings win the division than the Packers and a loss means better draft position.
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    Not the Bears fans I know. In fact, I think most of the posters on this site would rather see the Packers lose than the Vikings win.

    It’s in their DNA.

  22. Packers fans will say the Vikings won’t win and won’t make the playoffs. And then when the Vikings do both, Packer fans will just let us know that the Vikings didn’t beat anybody good anyway.

    It’s easier having an intellectual conversation with a toddler than with a Packer fan. And certainly less frustrating.

  23. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Dec 18, 2015 4:38 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Dec 18, 2015 4:20 PM

    Whereas Aaron Rodgers admitted he was a coward.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Oh, Theodore. It’s so unbecoming when you take things out of context and twist words. If you’re going to lower yourself to those kinds of depths, why not just go “full Ariani” and post absolute untruths?
    _________

    My fellow Vikings fans are astute enough to realize that I was making an intentionally absurd statement as a response to a statement by one of your brethren, thus illuminating the absurdity of the original comment. Perhaps you should be keeping your own ilk under control and don’t worry about me. We’re doing just fine over here.

  24. Of course it’s less frustrating, Conor. Toddlers don’t get frustrated with you people nearly as easily as we do. They’ve only had to listen to you for 3 or 4 years. Wait until they’ve had to put up with your ilk for 10 years or better; they’ll be every bit as frustrated by your ramblings as we are.

  25. Nope sure didn’t forget them… a team that looses at home to the bears and the lions. The Vikes don’t need a fully healthy squad to beat a team like that.
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    So what does it say about your squad losing the the Packers at home? If you want to go down that path, we can discuss the Vikings getting destroyed by the Niners, a team that the Packers beat. Stuff happens in the division matchups.

    Except the Vikings being able to beat the Packers.

  26. I’m not worried about you at all, Theodore. I tried to coax you into sanity and I failed mightily. Failure is a necessary part of life; an unpleasant part, but necessary nonetheless.

    While I recognize my failure, I’m still an optimistic person by nature. Take lemons and make lemonade and all that. So for me, the best course of action going forward is to just sit back, watch you lose what’s left of your mind, and enjoy the show.

    So with that said… reaaadyyyyy, annnnnnd…. GO!

  27. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Dec 18, 2015 5:36 PM
    Of course . Toddlers get frustrated with as easily as we do.
    —-/——-
    It just wouldn’t be the same without the self righteous commentator around. I wonder what it’s like to be unemployed and living in moms basement? Vikes win handily this week. Bears have no fight left.

  28. Thank goodness you’re here, ragnarthemangina. The end of my day is always more enjoyable when I get to help you make a fool of yourself. Honestly, though, it would be a lot more fun if you could at least find some kind of wit to inject into your little fits of name calling and other drivel.

    Tell ya what. In order to make this a little more fair, I’ll head out into the garage and beat myself in the head with a hammer for about 10 minutes. While I’m gone, you round up everybody that you think might be of help to you. That should at least start to level the playing field.

  29. conormacleod says:
    Dec 18, 2015 5:21 PM
    It’s easier having an intellectual conversation with a toddler than with a Packer fan. And certainly less frustrating.
    —————————————–
    I’m sure it is. A toddler is more your speed.

  30. Bummer, I was really hoping that at least Smith would be able to play. He’s a much better match-up with Jeffries on the jump balls Cutler likes to throw up when he gets in trouble. Missing Barr another game is the worst possible scenario, since he’s such a huge part of Zim’s packages, but having Joseph back will be a nice boost. I just hope he’s actually healthy and not being rushed back. We are going to need him the rest of the way. I’d also like to see Waynes get some more playing time. He’s looked pretty good the past few weeks.

    Should be a close game. Hopefully, Vikings can pull out a win and come out of it relatively healthy.

  31. I think this week’s game is all on zimmer. superior talent and something to play for lie with the purple. coach needs to have players ready and urgent from opening kick

  32. Wow. Packer fans are so smart and clearly know everything about the vikings, much more than zimmer, wilf or spielman do that its too bad they don’t actually own an nfl team.

    If they did, and ran it their way, I’m sure they’d win the super bowl every year. And certainly never go 25 years without scoring a touchdown in the postseason with that kind of genius ownership from packer fans owning and running the team.

    I bet if they owned and ran the team their way for a better part of the last two decades with two hall of fame QBs in a row they surely would have double digit championships.

  33. So what does it say about your squad losing the the Packers at home? If you want to go down that path, we can discuss the Vikings getting destroyed by the Niners, a team that the Packers beat. Stuff happens in the division matchups.

    Except the Vikings being able to beat the Packers.

    _ _ _ _

    My point is that the vikings are not an elite team. That said, they need their best players to have a chance against the elite squads. I LEFT OUT your packers because they are NOT an elite squad this year. Simple as that. You have an elite elite QB, thats it.

  34. Really, December is about building momentum for the playoffs. A team like the Vikings that has only been to the playoffs once in 5 years, then you are just happy to be there. Losing 3 out of 4 and possibly 5 out of the last 7 is hardly the way to get ready for the playoffs but ask yourself this question, if you get in, do you have the QB to take you deep into the playoffs. That Noodle arm, glove wearing Theodore is not keeping anybody up at night.

  35. This is clearly not a fair fight. The vikes being without the two best young super studs in the NFL. The bears may pull this out out, due to that fact. GO RAIDERS!!!!

  36. ugh. it just keeps getting worse for this team. I don’t see them making the playoffs. Their drop off in talent is remarkable if they lose smith, barr, joseph, and griffen. I know they say next man up but the Vikings are basically replacing pro bowlers with traffic cones.

  37. Replacing pro bowlers? I believe you meant to say they’re replacing middle of the road players with guys slightly less bad. The Vikings are horrible from the front office to the practice squad. That they’ll finish over .500 should feel like a Super Bowl victory to their fans. With that awful head coach and OC this is the best you’ll see from the Vikings for a long time. Enjoy it while you can.

  38. lameassdungbrain says:
    Dec 18, 2015 8:38 PM

    I was just setting here watching the Broncos beat the Packers in the Super Bowl, then the Seahawks Game last year… Good times!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Well of course you were. Jebus knows, your beloveds have produced exactly nothing worth watching in their entire, pathetic, fifty-plus year history.

  39. You just hold on a minute there, Lawrence! You’re not being entirely fair (to the Bears and the Giants). The Vikings may very well not finish over .500.

    In all fairness, I did pick them to go 9-7 with an outside shot at 10-6 but since the entire purple hall of fame is here tonight I just couldn’t help but rub a little salt in their gaping wounds.

  40. The Almighty Cabbage | Dec 18, 2015, 5:56 PM PST
    You just hold on a minute there, Lawrence! You’re not being entirely fair (to the Bears and the Giants). The Vikings may very well not finish over .500.

    In all fairness, I did pick them to go 9-7 with an outside shot at 10-6 but since the entire purple hall of fame is here tonight I just couldn’t help but rub a little salt in their gaping wounds.
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    Gaping wounds? We lost 2 games in a row to 2 of the 3 best teams in the NFC. Nothing to worry about. It’s not like we lost to the Lions and Bears at home and needed a phantom facemask call and a hail marry to avoid losing 5 out of 6 games. If that were the case, then I’d be worried!

  41. lambeaudungbarn says:
    Dec 18, 2015 8:38 PM
    I was just setting here watching the Broncos beat the Packers in the Super Bowl, then the Seahawks Game last year… Good times!
    -//////////////////////////////////////

    Really. So. You’re obsessed with watching old Packer losses.

    Listen up,everyone: This is but another in a long line of obvious examples of Viking fans enjoying a Packer loss……more than a Viking win.

    I’m telling you, it’s in their DNA.

  42. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Dec 18, 2015 6:08 PM
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    I’d ask you to finish the job with the hammer but If you’re anything like the squad for which you root I know you’ll just come up short…

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