EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Vikings were missing eight players in their only full practice before Thursday's game with the Washington Redskins, and another three -- cornerbacks Chris Cook, Xavier Rhodes and Josh Robinson -- were limited by injuries. It seems likely that all three corners will play on Thursday, but the Vikings could be missing a number of other starters against the Redskins.
Safety Jamarca Sanford, whose groin injury is only the latest ailment he's had this season, seems like he will be hard-pressed to return for the game; defensive coordinator Alan Williams said Robert Blanton will get playing time again with Mistral Raymond alongside Andrew Sendejo, which would seem to indicate the Vikings will be without Sanford for the second straight game.
Left tackle Phil Loadholt will definitely miss Thursday's game with a concussion, coach Leslie Frazier said, which means the Vikings will start J'Marcus Webb at right tackle and break up a group (Matt Kalil, Charlie Johnson, John Sullivan, Brandon Fusco and Loadholt) that has started every game since the beginning of the 2012 season. Johnson also sat out of practice on Tuesday with an elbow injury, while Joe Berger worked at left guard.
And the Vikings could also be thin at defensive tackle; both Letroy Guion (chest/knee) and Fred Evans (knee) sat out on Tuesday. That could leave the Vikings with just three healthy defensive tackles for Thursday, in Sharrif Floyd, Kevin Williams and Chase Baker.
“There are definitely challenges (to a short week), especially if you have injuries like we do," coach Leslie Frazier said in a conference call with Washington reporters. "Trying to get everybody on the field in a short week, in our case -- if we had a couple extra days, there are some guys who probably would be able to play on Sunday, but because we’re playing on Thursday, they’re not going to be able to make the game."