EAGAN, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings will face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night without two starters.
Both the wide-angle receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring) and the nose stopper Linval Joseph (knee) were excluded from Friday's training. Security Andrew Sendejo, whom the Vikings claimed to resign on Wednesday after being released from Philadelphia the day before, will be inactive on Sunday for a groin injury.
Thielen did not train before the Cowboys game and is considered a "week by week", said coach Mike Zimmer The Viking coach did not disclose any information when asked about Joseph's injury
"He's out," Zimmer said when asked if Joseph's injury could be a long-term problem
In its place is expected to be the third year of the attack against Jaleel Johnson The backup had been spinning between the three-tech position and the nasal tackle in the last two years before the coaches decided that the latter would fit better.
"He plays the technique much better," Zimmer said, "As I said, he used to be a cop in a china shop and now he plays the technique, he plays hard, he plays well all year round."
The Vikings were able to kill the former First classics Josh Doctson injured reserve before the game on Sunday to provide a receiver of depth. Last week, Stefon Diggs was held in Thielen's absence against the Chiefs for 4 yards. Waynes initially had an ankle injury, but was listed on Thursday as "Not Injured". Zimmer said Thursday that he had expected Waynes to play.