Xavier Rhodes listed as questionable

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The Vikings will head into their season opener with injury questions about a couple of their cornerbacks.

The team’s final injury report of the week has Xavier Rhodes listed as questionable and Mackensie Alexander listed as doubtful to play against the 49ers.

Rhodes appears to be moving in the right direction as the week comes to an end. He was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday with a hamstring injury, but moved up to a full practice on Friday.

Alexander is dealing with an ankle issue. He was limited the last two days after missing practice altogether on Wednesday.

The Vikings ruled out center Pat Elflein, tackle Aviante Collins and running back Roc Thomas.

22 responses to “Xavier Rhodes listed as questionable

  1. Great depth at cornerback is nice until two of them miss a game. If Rhodes is out, rookie Hughes replaces him and your nickel corner is either an undrafted free agent rookie or a punt returner. I think we would see a lot of that new three-safety look.

  2. This is a team that won 13 games last year with their third best QB playing most of the season due to injuries. I think they’ll be okay. It’s not like they have a team where when one player gets hurt and they instantly go from super bowl contender to bottom feeder.

  3. arealisticpackerfan says:
    September 7, 2018 at 3:33 pm
    This is a team that won 13 games last year with their third best QB playing most of the season due to injuries. I think they’ll be okay. It’s not like they have a team where when one player gets hurt and they instantly go from super bowl contender to bottom feeder.
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    He was 2nd string, not 3rd. Bridgewater wasn’t an option, plus he has never put a season together anywhere near what Keenum did last year, who is still an NFL starter. The drop-off from the oft-injured Bradford to Keenum was minor, and Bradford has never thrown as many TD’s in a season as Keenum did. If Keenum had played like the average NFL back-up, the Vikings may have had a tougher time. Also, everyone knows you’re not a Green Bay fan so why pretend?

  4. Frank, you must not have watched Bradford carve up the Saints defense in last year’s opener. When healthy, he’s clearly superior to Keenum. Then again, I could care less about this whole back-up argument, particularly since this is a CB issue. The Vikes were smart enough to have more than one good QB last year while other teams weren’t — so good for them.

  5. He did carve them up- in one game. But it’s one game. The prior season he played 15 games and threw 20 TD’s and 5 INT’s in his best season ever. Go look at Bradford’s numbers when he’s healthy- clearly not superior. Keenum was just a back-up, and I doubt that the Vikings knew what they truly had until he was playing. If they did, they probably would have tried to tie him up for longer at a low salary. Maybe he’s this good or just caught lightning in a bottle last year. Of course, the Vikings were fortunate that he performed well.

  6. This is hard for Frank to comprehend because of his love for the Packers (although a self-professed Bears fan), but the quarterback can look better because of the team around him just as much as a quarterback can make the team around him look better. The Vikings’ offensive line was much better last year than the injury-ravaged unit Bradford had in 2016. Keenum was never anything special until last year, when he finally got good coaching, good receivers, and a good defense. The Vikings built a team that would allow their backup quarterback to succeed, and he exceeded expectations because he did a great job with it. The Packers utterly failed when Rodgers got hurt not just because Hundley was terrible, but because the team around him couldn’t make up for his deficiencies. I’m tired of the argument that the Vikings didn’t have to deal with losing their starting quarterback because the backup had a good year. The starter probably would have been much better.

  7. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    September 7, 2018 at 3:29 pm
    Great depth at cornerback is nice until two of them miss a game. If Rhodes is out, rookie Hughes replaces him and your nickel corner is either an undrafted free agent rookie or a punt returner. I think we would see a lot of that new three-safety look
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    That u drafted rookie has tons of talent and would have been a 1st rd pick if he didn’t have trouble off the field. And Sherels is good enough for one game. And like you said we have Iloka as well for some various combination of defense.

  8. I’m tired of the argument that the Vikings didn’t have to deal with losing their starting quarterback because the backup had a good year. The starter probably would have been much better.

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    I’m tired of the violins Viking fans on here play to try and elevate the Vikings to more than they are – a top flight defense with a solitary playoff victory under the current regime. One that took a miracle to secure.

  9. arealisticpackerfan says:
    September 7, 2018 at 3:33 pm
    This is a team that won 13 games last year with their third best QB playing most of the season due to injuries. I think they’ll be okay. It’s not like they have a team where when one player gets hurt and they instantly go from super bowl contender to bottom feeder.

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    Cheese, you forgot to change your screen name.

    The last time Rhodes didn’t play… 38-7.

    Without him you’re a high school squad.

  10. arealisticpackerfan says:
    September 7, 2018 at 3:33 pm
    This is a team that won 13 games last year with their third best QB playing most of the season due to injuries.
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    The fact that you honestly believe the Vikings rode the third best QB on the team to 13 wins perfectly illustrates how little you know about football.
    But, then again, why am I not surprised.

  11. I think the real Case Keenum will show up this year. Watch his highlights and you will see a lot of ducks and misfires that we’re brought in by the receivers and tight ends. I hope the best for him but anyone who watched the games last year can see he had a lot of luck and was bailed out on a lot of bad throws.

  12. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    September 7, 2018 at 6:27 pm
    This is hard for Frank to comprehend because of his love for the Packers (although a self-professed Bears fan), but the quarterback can look better because of the team around him just as much as a quarterback can make the team around him look better. The Vikings’ offensive line was much better last year than the injury-ravaged unit Bradford had in 2016. Keenum was never anything special until last year, when he finally got good coaching, good receivers, and a good defense. The Vikings built a team that would allow their backup quarterback to succeed, and he exceeded expectations because he did a great job with it. The Packers utterly failed when Rodgers got hurt not just because Hundley was terrible, but because the team around him couldn’t make up for his deficiencies. I’m tired of the argument that the Vikings didn’t have to deal with losing their starting quarterback because the backup had a good year. The starter probably would have been much better.
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    The Vikings didn’t have to deal with losing their starter because the back-up had a year as good or better than their starter ever has in the NFL.

    The Packers (whom I allegedly love) and Hundley have nothing to do with this.

  13. RMoss84HOF says:
    September 7, 2018 at 8:43 pm
    I think the real Case Keenum will show up this year
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    Washington thinks the real Kirk Cousins will show up this year… that’s why they didnt give him 85$ mil gur.

  14. RMoss84HOF says:
    September 7, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    I think the real Case Keenum will show up this year. Watch his highlights and you will see a lot of ducks and misfires that we’re brought in by the receivers and tight ends. I hope the best for him but anyone who watched the games last year can see he had a lot of luck and was bailed out on a lot of bad throws.

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    I am highly appreciative of what Case did for us last season and I wish him the best.

    Cousins never had these weapons to play with- and never had a defense to back him like this. I think he will play just fine.

    Football is a team sport. Look how much better Keenum played when he was plugged-in. What happens if Cousins improves as much as Case did? Looking forward to tomorrow.

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