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Vikings at Bears Final Week 18 Injury Report: Bradbury & Lynch Out

Table inside Article
VIKINGSPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status
Garrett BradburyCBackDNPDNPDNPOUT
Josh MetellusSThighLPFPFP-
Za'Darius SmithOLBNIR - Personal Matter--DNPQUESTIONABLE
Cameron Dantzler SrCBAnkle--LPQUESTIONABLE

EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings (12-4) on Friday ruled out center Garrett Bradbury (back) and defensive lineman James Lynch (shoulder) for the team's noon (CT) Sunday game against the Bears (3-13) in Chicago.

Bradbury last played Dec. 4 against the Jets and has been attacking his rehab.

With backup center Austin Schlottmann suffering a season-ending injury last week while playing in Bradbury's place, Chris Reed is likely to make his first start as a Viking.

Reed, who teamed with Adam Thielen at Minnesota State, Mankato, has appeared in six games this season and played his first 53 offensive snaps in relief of Schlottmann last week.

Lynch has started two of the 15 games he's played this season, including against the Giants on Dec. 24, but he left that game early.

Vikings Injury Report:

Linebacker Brian Asamoah II (knee) was listed as questionable for Sunday's game, and so was cornerback Cameron Dantzler, Sr. Vikings Head Coach Kevin O'Connell said "a little soreness in the ankle popped up [Friday]."

Safety Josh Metellus (thigh) did not receive a game status designation and is expected to be available.

The Vikings added outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith (did not participate Friday — not injury related) to the report. O'Connell said it's a personal matter, and Smith will be listed as questionable but the Vikings anticipate him being with the team in Chicago.

View photos of Vikings players practicing at the TCO Performance Center on Jan. 5, 2022.

Table inside Article
BEARSPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status
Jaquan BriskerSNIR - Personal MatterDNPFPFP-
Ja'Tyre CarterGBackFPFPFP-
Jaylon JonesDBConcussionDNPDNPDNPOUT
Dante PettisWRHeadFPFPFP-
Patrick ScalesLSNeckLPDNPFP-
Sterling WeatherfordLBIllnessDNPDNPDNPOUT
Trevon WescoTEAnkleLPFPFP-
Terrell LewisLBNIR - Personal Matter--DNPQUESTIONABLE

Bears Injury Report:

The Bears ruled out defensive back Jaylon Jones (concussion) and linebacker Sterling Weatherford (illness) on Friday after ruling out quarterback Justin Fields earlier this week because of a hip strain.

Defensive tackle Angelo Blackson (illness), cornerback Kyler Gordon (groin) and linebacker Terrell Lewis (personal) were listed as questionable.

The other players on this week's injury report — safety Jaquan Brisker (personal), guard Ja'Tyre Carter (back), receiver Dante Pettis (head), long snapper Patrick Scales (neck) and tight end Trevon Wesco (ankle) — did not receive a designation and are expected to be available.

Practice Status

DNP - Did not participate in practice

LP - Limited participation in practice

FP - Full participation

(-) - Not listed

Game Status

Out - Player will not play

Doubtful - Player is unlikely to play

Questionable - Player is not certain to play

(-) - Not listed