Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Vikings take out Eric Kendrick, activate Michael Pearce from injured reserve

DETROIT _ The Vikings pulled one starter back on the defense on Saturday, but lost the other.

Linebacker Eric Kendricks, who was listed as a suspect with a biceps injury on Friday, was downgraded for Sunday’s game against Detroit at Ford Field. The Vikings face Michael Pearce, who was activated from injured reserve after missing seven games with an elbow injury and is expected to start against the Lions.

The Vikings made a flurry of moves on Saturday before flying to Detroit. He also pardoned defensive end Eddie Yarbrough, added defensive end Kenny Wilkes to the roster from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement, dropped advanced safety Miles Dorn and fullback Jake Bargas from the practice squad, and announced Key that running back and kickoff returner Ken Nwangwu is suspected of playing due to illness. A source in Minnesota is interested in re-signing Yarbrough to the practice squad.

The Vikings also announced that Defensive Backs Coach Carl Scott will miss the game due to COVID protocols and Assistant Defensive Backs Coach/Safety Coach Roy Anderson will perform his duties against the Lions.

Kendrick was limited in practice on Wednesday, sat out on Thursday and was limited on Friday. There is additional concern over the linebacker, given that Anthony Barr, who suffered a hamstring injury in last Sunday’s 34-26 loss to San Francisco, is listed as a suspect for Sunday.

The Vikings on Saturday did not activate cornerback Patrick Peterson, who was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list last Monday after testing positive. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said on Friday that Pietersen, who has been fully vaccinated and needs to test two negatives 24 hours apart to be eligible to play on Sunday, was “closer” to a return and that “Maybe” will do.

Instead, Pietersen would miss his fourth game of the last six, the first three games coming while he was on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He will again be replaced by Cameron Dantzler.

The Vikings refused to back down on Friday with Dalvin Cook (shoulder), Christian Darrisaw (ankle) and reserve safety Cameron Bynum (ankle). Alexander Mattison will open for Cook and Rashod Hill will take over for Darrisaw.

Mattison’s anticipated backup has been Nwangwu, who has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns this season. If Nwangwu’s Heath interrupts him, the Vikings can use fullback CJ Hamm as a backup and then Bargas on fullback. He chose not to run back AJ Rose Jr. from the practice squad.

Zimmer said Friday he hopes the injured Pierce will be activated to face the Lions on October 3 to help his line. Against the 49ers last Sunday, the Vikings were without a start on the defensive line with all four of their favorites.

Also returning on Sunday will be defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson, who missed a game on the COVID list. The remaining defensive ends would be Danielle Hunter, who lost for the season on October 31 with a shoulder injury, and Everson Griffen, on the non-football illness list.

Wilkes will return to action on Sunday after missing three straight games, one on a COVID list and two when he was still unwell. Because he is a COVID replacement, he still has one standard upgrade left this season from the practice squad.

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