Vikings' Griffen, Cook will sit out against Buffalo due to injuries
EAGAN, Minn.—Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen and running back Dalvin Cook were both ruled out Friday, Sept. 21, for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Griffen, who has a knee injury, will be replaced by Stephen Weatherly. Cook, who has a hamstring injury, will be replaced by Latavius Murray.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Friday before the injury report came out that Griffen and Cook not play. Also expected to be out Sunday are cornerback Marcus Sherels (ribs) and tight end David Morgan (knee). either practiced all week.
Rookie cornerback Mike Hughes is expected to replace Sherels as the punt returner. He was working on fielding punts in Friday's practice.
Treadwell has another issue
After dropping three passes Sunday at Green Bay, Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has another potential issue.
Treadwell said Friday he suffered a dislocated left finger on the final ball thrown to him in overtime in the 29-29 tie. However, he insisted the injury won’t affect him Sunday against Buffalo at U.S. Bank Stadium.
“I’m fine,’’ Treadwell said. “It’s been wrapped. I’ve been going at it all week. … The week (of practice has been) fine. I caught everything.’’
Treadwell said he will have a wrapping on the finger during Sunday’s game. On the dropped pass against the Packers early in overtime in which he was hurt, Treadwell grimaced and then grabbed his finger.
Treadwell was a full participant all week in practice and wasn’t listed on the injury report. He said he also was able to do some work catching balls from the Juggs machine.
“I did a lot of work to eliminate those drops that I’ve been having,’’ Treadwell said. “I call them lackadaisical drops because I’m so confident in my hands that when the ball is coming I’m already thinking about what I’m going to do. So it’s not like I can’t catch it or anything like that.’’
Treadwell said during practices this week he spent “more time at the catch point, like catching and framing’’ the ball.
In six targets at Green Bay, Treadwell caught two passes for 23 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown pass, the first of his NFL career. Regarding the drops, his teammates have provided support and Treadwell is grateful.
“Of course, you always want your teammates to back you,’’ Treadwell said. “When your team gives up on you, it’s kind of like you’re fighting two battles, within yourself and your team. … They’ve seen me catch the ball a million times, so it’s no faith lost.’’
The Vikings this week did bring in veteran receiver Aldrick Robinson to compete with Treadwell for playing time. Treadwell, though, said he’s not worried about that.
“It’s always competition,’’ said Treadwell, who works out during the offseason in Dallas with James Robinson, who also trains Aldrick Robinson. “I’m in competition with myself.’’
The NFL fined Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo $53,482 for a penalized hit on Green Bay wide receiver Davante Adams, a source said.
Sendejo received such a stiff penalty because he is a repeat offender. He was fined $24,309 last season for a Week 3 helmet hit on Tampa Bay tight end Cameron Brate. He then was suspended for one game last season for a hit on then-Baltimore wide receiver Mike Wallace.
During training camp, Sendejo wore a cap that read on the front, “Make Football Violent Again.” He was penalized for unnecessary roughness against the Packers for the hit on Adams, who was deemed a “defenseless player.”
The source said Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks and Packers linebacker Clay Matthews were not fined for roughing-the-passer penalties in the 29-29 tie.
Minnesota defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was fined $20,054 last week after being called for roughing the passer in the Sept. 9 opener against San Francisco.
“I’m 300 pounds,” Richardson said of being fined while Kendricks and Matthews weren’t. “My hits might look a little more vicious.”
Richardson has appealed his fine. He said Friday he expects to hear next week whether he will get any money back.
- For the first time, Vikings long snapper Kevin McDermott and his brother, Bills backup right tackle Conor McDermott, will face each other in a football game. Kevin McDermott said a number of family members will be at the game, including his parents. “We were on the same team in high school (in Nashville, Tenn.) and the same team in college (UCLA),’’ he said. “We were always on the same sideline. It will be exciting to play against him.’’
- Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was Minnesota’s head coach from 2010-13. In last week’s 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo coach Sean McDermott took over the defensive play calling from Frazier after the Bills fell behind 28-6 at halftime. As for play calling this week, the coach only would say, “Leslie and I are going to work on things like we’ve done before. It’s always a team effort.’’
- In practices Wednesday through Friday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Dan Bailey didn’t miss any kicks. Zimmer said that Bailey, signed Tuesday after Daniel Carlson was waived, had “probably 30, 32’’ attempts.