News: McKinnon (back) was not spotted at practice Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Matt Vansel reports.
Impact: McKinnon has been playing through the injury for a couple of weeks, but he has always practiced on Friday, so this absence is a notable - and discouraging - change. We'll update his status again after the Vikings release their official injury designations.
News: Rudolph (abdomen) practiced fully Thursday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: For the second week in a row, Rudolph is logging all drills in practice, proving that his sports hernia is a thing of the past. He'll aim to please owners Sunday against a Panthers defense that has given up a robust 15.4 YPC and two touchdowns to tight ends in the last four contests.
News: Jennings (ribs) practiced in full Thursday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Unhindered in drills this week, Jennings is on track to uphold his typical role in the Vikings' passing game. Although he's reeled in 14 of 24 balls over the last four games, he's reached the end zone on two occasions to salvage modest outings.
News: Smith (shoulder/ankle) was limited in Thursday's practice, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: With some practice under his belt this week, Smith should be able to achieve active status Sunday against the Panthers. The safety has posted two 10-tackle performances in the last three, during which he's totaled 23 tackles (18 solo) and one interception.
News: Asiata (concussion) was a full practice participant Thursday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: One day removed from ditching the concussion protocol, Asiata received an upgrade in practice participation from limited to full, all but assuring his presence out of the Vikings' backfield Sunday against the Panthers. Meanwhile, Jerick McKinnon remained sidelined due to a lower back injury, leaving the door open for Asiata to pick up more work than expected in Week 13. However, Friday's injury report will give the final word on the RB pecking order entering the weekend.