Vikings nose tackle Michael Pearce and rookie wide receiver Ihmar Smith-Marsett were both out of practice on Friday, calling into question their availability for Sunday’s game against Cleveland.
Pierce was listed as the first injury reported as limited in practice on Thursday with elbow and shoulder injuries, while Smith-Marsett suffered a toe injury in last Sunday’s 30-17 win over Seattle. Was out all week with The Vikings will address their injury status for the game against the Browns at US Bank Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Dalvin Cook, who was out against the Seahawks with an ankle injury, and linebacker Anthony Barr, who missed the last three games with a knee injury, both took part in Friday’s practice at least on a limited basis. Both were listed as limited on Wednesday and Thursday.
Bassoud Breeland (illness) and McKinsey Alexander, and cornerback Chris Boyd sat out with a hamstring injury on Thursday after returning to practice after being absent on Thursday. Also Thursday’s practice was tight end Ben Ellefson (neck) after sitting back.
Smith-Marsett is unlikely to play against Brown. It is likely that he will be replaced on kickoff return, leaving Amir Abdullah behind.
If Pierce cannot play, the Vikings may move Dalvin Tomlinson from a three-tech defensive tackle to a nose tackle and add Sheldon Richardson to a three-technique. Richardson played the last two seasons with Cleveland.