The Minnesota Vikings travel to the nation’s capital for a date with the Washington Commanders on Sunday at noon CST, the eighth regular season game of the 2022 season.
The Vikings beat the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8, while the Commanders downed the Sam Ehlinger-led Indianapolis Colts on the road. Washington, now 4-4 through eight games, is suddenly nibbling at an NFC wildcard berth.
The Vikings injury report is spottier than last’s week when the team was fresh off the bye week. Notably, Irv Smith is on the shelf for 6 to 10 weeks.
Washington has five players formally on the injury report.
These are each team’s injured players two days before Week 9.
Vikings Injury Report
OUT – Dalvin Tomlinson (DL, calf)
QUESTIONABLE – Cameron Dantzler (CB, neck)
QUESTIONABLE – Jalen Nailor (WR, illness)
Adam Thielen and Za’Darius Smith were notably banged up in Week 8 but will play against the Commanders.
Commanders Injury Report
OUT – Jahan Dotson (WR, hamstring)
OUT – Cole Holcomb (LB, foot)
OUT – David Mayo (OLB, foot)
OUT – J.D. McKissic (RB, neck)
QUESTIONABLE – Shaka Toney (DE, calf)
It wouldn’t be absolutely unheard of for Chase Young (DE) to return, although Washington has been quiet about his Week 9 prognosis. He’ll likely remain on the PUP list.
Commanders players Logan Thomas (TE), Cole Turner (TE), Jonathan Allen (DT), and Tyler Larsen (C) were hampered or didn’t partake in practice at points throughout the week but were removed from the final injury report.
The Vikings are favored by three points over the Commanders in Week 9. Minnesota leads the all-time win-loss series over Washington, 14-13 (.518). Washington has lost to Minnesota nine times in 13 tries since 1993.
Sunday’s game mark Kirk Cousins’ first trip to Washington as a visiting quarterback.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).