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Vikings Players Not Expected to Play vs. Broncos in Preseason Opener

MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings have announced that 31 players, including multiple starters on offense and defense, are not expected to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Broncos.

Offensively, players such as Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook, C.J. Ham, Irv Smith, Jr., Tyler Conklin and others won't play.

Defensive stars such as Danielle Hunter, Patrick Peterson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Michael Pierce, Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr are also unlikely to play.

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Here is the full list:

7 Patrick Peterson CB

8 Kirk Cousins QB

9 Sheldon Richardson DT

12 Chad Beebe WR

13 Blake Proehl WR

14 Nate Stanley QB

18 Justin Jefferson WR

19 Adam Thielen WR

21 Bashaud Breeland CB

22 Harrison Smith S

23 Xavier Woods S

24 Mackensie Alexander CB

25 Alexander Mattison RB

30 C.J. Ham FB

33 Dalvin Cook RB

48 Blake Lynch LB

54 Eric Kendricks LB

55 Anthony Barr LB

56 Garrett Bradbury C

59 Nick Vigil LB

69 Rashod Hill LB

71 Christian Darrisaw T

72 Ezra Cleveland T

74 Olisaemeka Udoh G

75 Brian O'Neill T

83 Tyler Conklin TE

84 Irv Smith Jr. TE

89 Dede Westbrook WR

94 Dalvin Tomlinson DT

97 Michael Pierce DT

99 Danielle Hunter DE

The Vikings second preseason game is Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Colts. Minnesota is in Kansas City on Aug. 27 for the third and final preseason game.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Oct. 12, 2021.

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