Vikings RB Asiata to miss game vs. Packers with concussion
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata will miss Sunday’s game against Green Bay because of a concussion.
Asiata has not yet been cleared to practice. Running back Jerick McKinnon was listed as probable to play the Packers after participating in Friday’s practice on a limited basis. Recently signed veteran Ben Tate could get some time at running back.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings took part in practice for the first time this week due to a rib injury and was listed as questionable to face his former team. Also designated as questionable were defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee), left tackle Matt Kalil (knee) and wide receiver Jarius Wright (hamstring).
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he expects Jennings and Kalil to play Sunday. Kalil suffered a ”minor aggravation” in practice this week of an old knee injury.
”It’s been something that’s been bothering him a little bit, and I just thought we’d give him a day off,” Zimmer said. ”He’s had good work all week this week, and so we just figured it would be best if we just give him a little extra day of rest before the game.”
Zimmer sounded less certain about Floyd, who suffered a knee-on-knee collision in Wednesday’s practice. But Floyd was optimistic about playing the Packers.
”It feels good,” Floyd said. ”I know there’s nothing wrong. MRI said everything is good.”
Thirteen players were listed Friday by the Vikings on the injury report, compared to only five a week ago.