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.