Vikings' Waynes ruled out for Monday's game in Seattle
EAGAN, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings will take on Russell Wilson with a depleted secondary.
Minnesota on Saturday, Dec. 8, ruled out cornerback Trae Waynes for their game Monday night, Dec. 10, at Seattle because of a concussion. He will be replaced by Holton Hill, an undrafted rookie who will make his second career start.
The Vikings listed linebacker Eric Kendricks as questionable with a rib injury, but he is expected to play. Head coach Mike Zimmer said Kendricks, who returned to practice Saturday on a limited basis after being out Thursday and Friday, “will be fine.’
Also listed as out were tight end David Morgan (knee), who will miss his fourth straight game, and wide receiver Chad Beebe, who will sit out a third straight.
Zimmer said cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who played reduced snaps in last Sunday’s 24-10 loss at New England because of a hamstring injury, will have a full load Monday. But Waynes wasn’t able to practice all week after suffering a concussion in the second quarter against the Patriots.
So Hill will go against Wilson, the Seahawks quarterback who led the NFL with 34 touchdown passes last season and has 29 this year.
“I always prepare like I going t start even if I’m not, so this is nothing new,’’ Hill said.
Hill’s previous start was Oct. 28 against New Orleans, when Rhodes was out with foot injury. With Waynes hurt and Rhodes playing 45 of 74 snaps, Hill was in for 57 plays at New England.
“He’s come in and played pretty well for the most part,’’ Zimmer said.
The Seahawks listed linebacker K.J. Wright (knee) as out, guard D.J. Fluker (hamstring) as doubtful and wide receiver Doug Baldwin (groin) and running backs Tre Madden (chest) and Rashaad Penny (ankle) as questionable.
Cook and carries
Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said Friday that running Dalvin Cook “absolutely’’ is in line for more carries, but Cook isn’t going into Monday’s game with any expectations.
“My carries and my touches are going to come regardless of how they come,” Cook said Saturday. “I’m not into the whole, ‘Coach Flip, get me the ball.’ … We got enough guys to make plays on this team and on this offense to where I don’t need the ball as much, but if we want to run the ball some more, that’s what we’re going to do.’’
Cook gained 84 yards on just nine carries against the Patriots. Cook, who has missed five games, has just once in the seven he has played carried more than 10 times. That was 16 in the opener against San Francisco.