Rookie Corner, Star Safety Out; All Pro Linebacker Questionable


Oct 17, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Kris Boyd (29) reacts with middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately, Andrew Booth Jr. and Harrison Smith weren’t able to get back to 100% in time for the upcoming Lions game. Both will miss the upcoming NFC North tilt. There is another name added to the list: middle linebacker Eric Kendricks.

As you can see, Kendricks is questionable. Losing the veteran linebacker would indeed be a sizable loss. He’s capable of doing everything well. He’s an underrated blitzer and excellent in coverage. When he’s playing at his best, he’s an impact run defender. The word is that Kendricks is still supposed to play:

Kendricks has played every defensive snap this season. A depth LB would need to step up if Kendricks misses time. Troy Dye and/or Brian Asamoah would go from getting next to no opportunity on defense to a ton of playing time.

Meanwhile, the secondary will be operating without a couple players. At this stage, it’s not a major adjustment to not have Booth. Obviously, it’s far better for the team to have him available, but at least Ed Donatell isn’t scrambling to replace a starter.

There isn’t any replacing Smith. He’s an incredibly versatile player, and he’s arguably the best safety of his generation. Donatell insisted that Josh Metellus and Lewis Cine will both be relied on to replace the veteran.

Meanwhile, the Lions are dealing with their own injuries. John Cominsky and Jonah Jackson are out. T.J. Hockenson, D’Andre Swift, Aidan Hutchinson, and Frank Ragnow are questionable. All 4 are critical parts of the Detroit roster.

The game is scheduled to begin at 12 C.T. on September 25.


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