News: Patterson (chest) had four catches on five targets for 61 yards and one carry for minus-seven yards Sunday against the Saints.
Impact: Patterson was limited in practice Thursday due to a chest injury, but he was a full participant Friday and didn't appear to be affected at all Sunday. After his remarkable Week 1 performance when he ran three times for 102 yards and a touchdown, Patterson has gotten only one carry since then and has failed to reach 65 receiving yards in a game this season. He has a ton of speed and is a threat to score any time he touches the ball, but the Vikings have struggled to get it to him in space, which limits what he can do production-wise. He'll look to turn it around in Week 4 against the Falcons.
News: McKinnon had two carries for minus-one rushing yard and two catches on five targets for nine receiving yards Sunday against the Saints.
Impact: Despite talk that McKinnon could be getting some touches from starter Matt Asiata, it just hasn't happened yet, as the latter finished with 12 carries for 35 rushing yards and three catches for 36 receiving yards Sunday. While the Vikings have a decent matchup in Week 4 against the Falcons, who have struggled against the run this season, McKinnon is just not getting enough touches to warrant consideration in most fantasy leagues.
News: Asiata had 12 carries for 35 rushing yards and three catches on six targets for 36 receiving yards Sunday against the Saints.
Impact: Asiata has really struggled since taking over the starting job, accumulating just 71 yards on 25 carries in two games. However, he's been a decent contributor in PPR leagues, catching eight passes for 84 yards and a touchdown in Weeks 2 and 3 combined. The positive for fantasy owners is that Asiata stills has a hold on the job, as rookie Jerick McKinnon finished with minus-one yard on two carries Sunday. Asiata will look to turn it around in Week 4, against a Falcons defense that is ranked 21st against the run this season.
News: Rudolph will undergo an MRI on his groin Monday, Albert Breer of NFL.com reports.
Impact: The MRI should help determine the severity of the groin strain for Rudolph, who exited Sunday's game with the injury in the fourth quarter. The ailment puts his status in question for the Vikings' Week 4 matchup against the Falcons, leaving Rhett Ellison on standby to start if Rudolph is unable to go.
News: Bridgewater was 12-of-20 for 150 yards, with another 27 yards on six carries, after he took over in the second quarter of Sunday's 20-9 loss to the Saints. After the game, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said that Bridgewater is now the team's starting quarterback, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports.
Impact: Teammate Matt Cassel has several fractured bones in his foot, and while no timetable has been announced, a multi-week absence can be assumed. While inexperienced, Bridgewater offers more longterm upside than does even a healthy Cassel. The Vikings get the Falcons at home in Week 4.
News: Coach Mike Zimmer indicated after Sunday's game against the Saints that Cassel has several fractured bones in his foot, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports.
Impact: While there is no timetable attached to Cassel's recovery just yet, he'll obviously miss a good chunk of time, which sets the stage for Teddy Bridgewater to assume the Vikings' QB duties in the coming weeks.
News: Rudolph sustained a groin injury and is questionable to return in Sunday's game against the Saints.
Impact: Rudolph caught 3-of-5 targets for 27 yards prior to departing in the fourth quarter. If he fails to return before Sunday's game concludes, the Vikings should update his condition after the contest.
News: Cassel (toe) has been ruled out for a return Sunday against the Saints, Charles Robinson of the Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impact: The Vikings will cast their lot with Teddy Bridgewater for the remainder of the contest. There hasn't been any word yet regarding the severity of Cassel's injury, which likely won't be known until after Sunday's game or during the upcoming week of practices.
News: Cassel left Sunday's game against the Saints in the second quarter with a right toe injury and is questionable to return, NFL.com reports.
Impact: Cassel will be sent in for X-rays as the Vikings look to ascertain the severity of injury, along with whether he's capable of returning to action Sunday. In the meantime, rookie Teddy Bridgewater will step in at quarterback for his first taste of NFL action.
News: Smith (hamstring) is inactive Sunday against the Saints.
Impact: Smith was questionable heading into the contest, despite getting in two full practices at the end of the week, so he could inactive primarily due to his standing on the bottom of the receiver depth chart. Charles Johnson will join Smith in street clothes, while the Vikings keep four wideouts active in Week 3.
News: Floyd (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Saints.
Impact: Floyd's availability should help strengthen the interior of the Vikings' defensive line, but it's unlikely to translate to much meaningful IDP production for the second-year pro. He's notched 22 tackles and 2.5 sacks over 18 career games.
News: Rhodes (groin) is active for Sunday's game against the Saints.
Impact: Rhodes will have his work cut out for him in containing the Saints' high-powered passing attack, but it should come with the benefit of increased tackling opportunities. The 2013 first-round draft pick has recorded 54 tackles over his 15 career games, but has yet to notch an interception.
News: Rudolph (abdomen) is active for Sunday's game against the Saints.
Impact: The abdominal injury wasn't announced until after last week's game against the Patriots, so it's probably safe to assume it wasn't an ailment that was overly problematic for Rudolph, who practiced in a limited capacity all week. He's reeled in seven passes on 12 targets for 69 yards and a touchdown through the Vikings' first two games.
News: Patterson (chest) is active for Sunday's game against the Saints.
Impact: Patterson affirmed his relative health by practicing twice this week, putting him on tap for his usual snap count Sunday. The Vikings' passing game sputtered in their Week 2 blowout loss to the Patriots, but expect the team to find inventive ways to get Patterson touches, as either a receiver or runner. With Adrian Peterson away from the team until further notice, Patterson should become the centerpiece of the team's offense.
News: Floyd, linebacker Chad Greenway and tight end Kyle Rudolph are all active for Sunday's game against New Orleans after the three starters had been listed as questionable on Friday's injury report.
Impact: Floyd is playing with a sore shoulder. Greenway has hand and rib injuries. Rudolph has an abdomen injury.
News: Minnesota defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, Greenway and tight end Kyle Rudolph are all active for Sunday's game against New Orleans after the three starters had been listed as questionable on Friday's injury report.
Impact: Greenway had been dealing with hand and rib injuries but appears to be good to go.
News: Minnesota defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, linebacker Chad Greenway and tight end Kyle Rudolph are all active for Sunday's game against New Orleans after the three starters had been listed as questionable on Friday's injury report.
Impact: Rudolph had been dealing with an abdomen injury.
News: The Minnesota Vikings say starting quarterback Matt Cassel has broken his left foot in Sunday's 20-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Impact: Cassel left Sunday's game after a 5-yard scramble to set up a field goal early in the second quarter. Coach Mike Zimmer says X-rays have revealed broken bones in the quarterback's foot. It is not clear how long Cassel will be out, but the injury leaves rookie Teddy Bridgewater as Minnesota's quarterback for the foreseeable future.
News: Bridgewater took over for the injured Matt Cassel on Sunday.
Impact: Cassel left after a 5-yard scramble to set up a field goal early in the second quarter. When the Vikings' offense retook the field, Bridgewater was under center. He led a 10-play, 51-yard drive for another field goal that made it 13-6.