Asiata out, Kalil and Floyd questionable for Vikings

Minnesota's injuries may pave the way for running back Ben Tate's Vikings debut.

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Ben Tate looks like he might be needed in his first game for the Minnesota Vikings, but he should have starting left tackle Matt Kalil in front of him.

Running back Matt Asiata is still going through concussion testing and will miss Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. Asiata has already been declared out, perhaps opening the possibility Tate could see time behind starter Jerick McKinnon after being claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday.

"He’s catching on quick," Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer said of Tate. "He’s got some explosiveness hitting the hole and obviously he’s a big-bodied guy. He’s done a good job of protections so far, so we’ll see how it goes."

Kalil (knee) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee) are questionable after missing practice on Friday. Receivers Greg Jennings (rib) and Jarius Wright (hamstring) are questionable and participating fully in Friday’s practice.

Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd missed his second straight day of practice. Floyd bruised his knee when he had a knee-on-knee hit with a teammate in practice on Wednesday.

Zimmer said he isn’t sure if Floyd will be ready, but the second-year defensive tackle sounded optimistic.

"It feels good," Floyd said. "I know there’s nothing wrong, MRI said everything is good. So, it’s just his call, not mine."

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Kalil received a day of rest Friday because of a "minor aggravation" of a knee injury.

"It’s been something that’s been bother 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 we just figured it would be best if we just give him a little extra day of rest before the game."

Jennings returned after missing two days of practice and Zimmer said he anticipates Jennings playing against his former team, Green Bay.

Wright progressed throughout the week after not practicing Wednesday. He was limited Thursday and practiced in full Friday.

McKinnon (low back) and tackle Mike Harris (ankle) were limited Friday, but are listed as probable. Linebacker Anthony Barr (knee), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (ankle), defensive end Everson Griffen (neck), tight end Kyle Rudolph (abdomen/groin) and defensive end Scott Crichton (hip) are probable after practicing in full.

Rudolph is set to play his second straight game since returning from double sports hernia surgery.

"I thought he had a better week of practice, yes," Zimmer said of Rudolph.

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