Xavier Rhodes not practicing today

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The Vikings may be heading into Sunday’s big game with the Bears without starting cornerback Xavier Rhodes.

Rhodes is not practicing today, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Although Rhodes has managed to play through a groin injury this season, missing his second consecutive day of practice has to raise the question of whether he’ll be able to go for the biggest game of the year on Sunday.

Also not practicing today for the Vikings are LB Eric Kendricks, CB Marcus Sherels, FB C.J. Ham and WR Chad Beebe.

15 responses to “Xavier Rhodes not practicing today

  1. And Allen Robinson didn’t go today for the Bears. So if he and Rhodes both sit out Sunday that’s basically a wash.

  2. Did anyone else think, on the play Xavier was injured on, that he may’ve been exaggerating a bit since he got burned? He has a lot of pride, and he’s had an off year, and I kind of felt like he may’ve been trying to save some pride on that play. I hope not, I like the dude and don’t care for his prima donna tendancies.

  3. Rhodes hasn’t had an off year, JDF’s offense couldn’t keep the D off the grass! Plus there has been a lot of injury in the backfield this year, he hasn’t had time off the field. He may whine a bit in practice as Zimmer calls hi X-rayvier Rhodes.. But he has almways covered #1 receivers and we really need him now.

  4. He has definitely had an off year. Interceptions are down. Passes defensed are down. He has not flashed this year as in years past. He has not covered #1’s as well this year. You should watch the games.

  5. Unless Rhodes has a leg amputated I’m never worried he will miss a game. It’s what he does. Once a game he limps off like he’s been shot. And then he’s right back out there. And to even insinuate that the Vikings would be better off playing without him is ignorant and foolish.

  6. snowlock2013 says:
    December 27, 2018 at 1:48 pm
    He has definitely had an off year. Interceptions are down. Passes defensed are down. He has not flashed this year as in years past. He has not covered #1’s as well this year. You should watch the games.
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    Give us the real numbers, not just your opinion. And rank him compared to all other CB’s this season. Are you saying the #3 defense is ranked that high in-spite of Rhodes?

  7. He has played pretty well in run support, which will be needed against the Bears. However, Kendricks is likely more important in this equation, as mobile QBs have given the defense fits all year, and the Bears’ QB is certainly mobile.

  8. For some reason the refs have called plenty of bogus DPI this year. Usually Pro Bowlers get the benefit of the doubt, he sure has not. The worst example was in the Seattle game. The ball was 5 yards out of bounds and uncatchable and they called it. On top of that they were hand fighting with each other while running. Very ticky tack if it was in bounds.

  9. Usually he saves his fake hamstring injuries for when he gets burned deep. There have been a lot of those this year.

  10. His backup, Holton Hill, has been arguably better in pass coverage this year. Not that worried if Rhodes can’t go on Sunday. He’s been beat up all year and it’s shown. Pass coverage is the least concern in this game anyways. Trubisky doesn’t exactly have a laser arm. The only thing to worry about is his scrambling ability and all that pre-snap motion crap that they like to run.

  11. If Rhodes doesn’t play, it will mean the Bears will be shorted at least two defensive holding calls and automatic first downs. Is there a DB in the league that holds more than Rhodes (penalty called or not)?

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