Minnesota Vikings - PlayerWatch
RG Brandon Fusco (knee) left Sunday's game midway through the second quarter and did not return. He remains day-to-day. Joe Berger, a quality veteran interior backup, stepped in and played well for the most part. But his 15-yard penalty for a peel-back block also negated Cordarrelle Patterson's 18-yard run down to the Ravens' 2-yard line.
WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson had a team season-high 141 yards receiving against the Ravens. The 141 yards receiving are the most by a Vikings rookie receiver since Randy Moss had 163 against the Cowboys in 1998. Meanwhile, Patterson's 1,199 kickoff return yards are a league-high this season and rank third all-time among Vikings rookies. He needs 147 kickoff return yards to break the Vikings single-season record of 1,345 set by George "Buster" Rhymes in 1985.
John Carlson (concussion) still has not passed the league-mandated concussion protocol for returning. It's his second concussion in two years with the Vikings and at least the third of his NFL career. With Kyle Rudolph placed on injured reserve, the pass-catching tight end role could fall to former practice squad player Chase Ford or blocking tight end Rhett Ellison.
RB Adrian Peterson (foot) suffered a mid-foot sprain in his right foot when it was rolled up on a tackle in the second quarter on Sunday. X-rays, an MRI and a CT scan were negative, but he will not practice until Friday, if at all. The team will err on the side of caution, Frazier said. There is no ligament tear and the dreaded Lisfranc injury has been ruled out.
RB Toby Gerhart (hamstring), who replaced Adrian Peterson early in the second quarter on Sunday and gave the Vikings a brief lead in the closing minutes with a 41-yard touchdown burst up the middle, suffered a hamstring injury late in the game. He isn't expected to practice until Friday, if at all. With Peterson unlikely to play on Sunday and Gerhart fighting a hamstring injury, the running back duties against the Eagles could fall to No. 3 running back Matt Asiata. Asiata has three career carries for nine yards.
S Harrison Smith (turf toe) hasn't played since the fifth game and is on injured reserve with designation to return. He's eligible to return this week and appears to be ahead of schedule. But whether the Viking risk playing their best defensive back in three meaningless games remains to be seen.
CB Josh Robinson, the second-year pro who had struggled in trying to replace the departed Antoine Winfield, missed his third straight game and could miss the rest of the season because of a fractured sternum. The Vikings are still holding out hope that he will return, but he won't practice this week. Robinson had gotten better of late, but still has a long way to go. Rookie first-round draft pick Xavier Rhodes replaced Rhodes and has improved dramatically late in the season. But he also suffered an ankle injury on Sunday in Baltimore.
CB Xavier Rhodes, who had four more passes defensed at Baltimore, has 23 on the season. That shatters the team rookie record of 19 set by Orlando Thomas in 1995.
CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) suffered his injury in the second half at Baltimore and remains day-to-day. He has struggled against nagging injuries all season and was on crutches after the game. If Robinson is unable to return, the Vikings will have to start punt returner Marcus Sherels, who is a scrapper but often gets overmatched physically.