Vikings defensive stars largely still ailing

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen's shoulder injury had not previously been reported.

Brace Hemmelgarn/Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sport

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings are still dealing with a significant injury problem on defense.

Three starters were held out of practice Wednesday: defensive tackle Linval Joseph (foot), linebacker Anthony Barr (groin/hand) and defensive end Everson Griffen (shoulder). Griffen’s injury had not previously been reported. Eight defensive players appeared on the injury report, including five starters.

The best news for the Vikings was a return to the field on a limited basis for safety Harrison Smith (knee/hamstring). Safety Andrew Sendejo (knee) practiced on a limited basis. He has missed the past two games.

Barr and Smith missed the previous game at Arizona. Joseph has missed the past two games with an injury to his toe.

The Vikings host Chicago on Sunday.