Game Status Update (Nov. 5):
WR Jalen Nailor (Illness) has been downgraded to out for the Week 9 game.
Standard elevation from practice squad (Nov. 5):
TE Nick Muse and WR Dan Chisena
EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings (6-1) on Friday ruled out Dalvin Tomlinson for Sunday's game at the Washington Commanders (4-4).
Vikings Head Coach Kevin O'Connell spoke before Minnesota's final practice of the week but said the calf injury that Tomlinson sustained last week against Arizona will sideline him.
"He's doing a great job with his rehab, but ultimately we want to make sure that when he does come back he's at his full capacity for us," O'Connell said.
The Vikings will announce final statuses of other players on this week's injury report later Friday.
"We've got some other guys that have been limited throughout the week, really [Cameron] Dantzler, and [Jalen] Nailor is making a good recovery from the illness he had earlier," O'Connell said. "We'll see how he does today. I just want to make sure he's good to go, but we'll update you guys on that here going into the weekend."
Dantzler was limited with a neck injury on Wednesday and Thursday. Nailor did not participate either of those days.
Tomlinson has only ever missed one other start in his career with the Giants and Vikings. That was one game last season because of COVID-19 protocols. O'Connell was asked about Minnesota's approach to filling in for Tomlinson and mentioned Khyiris Tonga, who made his Vikings debut.
"I did think Tonga last week did some good things in the game, played strong," O'Connell said. "His play strength showed up, and he affected Kyler Murray on that one interception by Harrison Smith, kind of pushing the pocket and eventually getting a legal hit, so he'll be part of the rotation with [Jonathan] Bullard coming back, and then we'll have the rest of those guys ready to roll.
"Harrison Phillips played really well and has played really well all season long next to Dalvin Tomlinson, so we'll expect a big game out of him in leading the charge there on the interior," O'Connell added.
Vikings Injury Report
Aside from Tomlinson, Dantzler and Nailor, none of the other players on Minnesota's injury report this week received a designation.
Outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith and receiver Adam Thielen are expected to be available.
|Camryn Bynum||S||Not Injury Related - Personal||DNP||-||-||-|
|Cam Dantzler Sr.||CB||Neck||LP||LP||FP||Questionable|
Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and Commanders.
Commanders Injury Report
Washington ruled out receiver Jahan Dotson (hamstring), linebackers Cole Holcomb (foot) and David Mayo (hamstring) and running back J.D. McKissic (neck).
Defensive end Shaka Toney (calf) was listed as questionable.
The other Commanders players on this week's injury report — defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (knee), center Tyler Larsen (back) and tight ends Logan Thomas (calf) and Cole Turner (concussion) — are expected to be available.
DNP - Did not participate in practice
LP - Limited participation in practice
FP - Full participation
(-) - Not listed
Out - Player will not play
Doubtful - Player is unlikely to play
Questionable - Player is not certain to play
(-) - Not listed