Vikings nose tackle Michael Pearce missed Wednesday with an elbow injury and his condition is uncertain for Sunday’s game against Detroit.
Running back Dalvin Cook (ankle), linebacker Nick Vigil (ankle) and wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsett (toe), who did not practice on Wednesday, left Cleveland last Sunday with a toe injury at 14. was defeated by -7. Cook, who played against Brown after being ruled out of a game, said he was doing better before practice and could have been rested on Wednesday as a precaution.
Vigil has started the first four games as every down linebacker in place of Anthony Barr, who is expected to play on Sunday for the first time this season after suffering a knee injury. For the first time this season, Barr was listed as a full participant in practice on Wednesday.
Pierce suffered an injury against the Browns in the third quarter and did not return. He had an MRI on Monday, and the Vikings have not released the results.
“We just have to see if Pierce will play the Lions at US Bank Stadium,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said ahead of Wednesday’s practice.
If Pierce is out, Armon Watts can replace him. Zimmer said he would not anticipate slipping former nose tackle Dalvin Tomlinson off a three-tech defensive tackle. Co-defensive co-ordinator Andre Patterson reiterated that Tomlinson played between eight and 10 snaps in a nose tackle against Brown, with Watts handling most of the duty when Pierce went out.
Dalvin Cook and cornerbacks Basaud Breeland and Chris Boyd were back in practice for the Vikings on Wednesday. Cook was hampered against the Browns by an ankle injury after missing the previous game. Breeland played only the first six defensive snaps against Cleveland due to illness. And Boyd missed the game due to a hamstring injury.
Depth in the cornerback could be a concern for the Vikings as reserves Cameron Dantzler and Harrison Hand are on the COVID-19 reserve list.