Vikings Get Update on Three Injured Players Before Kickoff

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Minnesota Vikings have received updates on three injured players before kickoff on Sunday.
The Minnesota Vikings have received updates on three injured players before kickoff on Sunday. / Associated Press

The Minnesota Vikings will begin their playoff journey on Sunday against the New York Giants. Three players were listed on the final injury report entering this weekend, though, putting them in jeopardy of missing this opening postseason matchup.

Now the team has received an update on these injured members.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports safety Harrison Smith and running back Kene Nwangwu will suit up for Minnesota's Wild Card game. Meanwhile, cornerback Cam Dantzler is out due to an ankle issue and personal matter.

This is mostly good news for the Vikings before kickoff. While being down a veteran like Dantzler hurts, he's underperformed this season and already missed seven games in the regular season, so the team knows how to handle his absence.

Smith being active gives Minnesota one of its best playmakers in the secondary for this important contest. He's been a disruptor this season, racking up 5 interceptions and 10 passes defended in 2022-23.

Nwangwu, meanwhile, helps boost the Vikes' special teams against New York. He recorded a league-high 35 kick returns this season, including a 97-yard return for a touchdown on Thanksgiving.

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