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Transcript: Zimmer Addressed the Media Friday

*Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer *

Q: Is Andrew Sendejo out of concussion protocol?

A: No.

Q: Do you anticipate Andrew Sendejo will be tested again tomorrow so he has a chance?

A: I anticipate him getting tested today.

Q: Are you optimistic that Andrew Sendejo will play?

A: Yes.

Q: Is Shamar Stephen out?

A: I don't know.

Q: Did you consider practicing outside at all this week?

A: The field wasn't good. The field wasn't in good enough shape.

Q: What are your expectations for that field on Sunday?

A: They've re-sodded in between the numbers so we'll be alright.

Q: From your experience, does it help to get new sod?

A: Usually it's alright.

Q: What is the mood of the team? Is it nerves, anxiousness, excitement?

A: How do you know? You never know. They seem good to me. A lot of times you think everything is great and then it's loggy or vice versa. But it's been normal. A normal week.

Q: Outside of game plan strategy, is there a piece of outlook or attitude you want your guys to have going into this game? Is there one thing you can drill home with them?

A: I just want them to play like we've played for 17 weeks. Play the same, do what they've been doing all this whole year. Playing together as a team, fighting.

Q: How are you going to list Adam Thielen?

A: Questionable.

Q: How did Adam Thielen look?

A: Questionable.

Q: Is Sam Bradford going to be the backup on Sunday?

A: Maybe.

Q: Is Jaleel Johnson ready for possible increased duty?

A: Yes, he's played more than one snap this year. He's ready. 

Q: Do you think the rarity of these opportunities that you talked to your team about this week has gotten home, especially to these young guys?

A: I think so, but who knows. Who knows. I think the team understands the magnitude of this game, yes.

Q: How are you doing through all of this?

A: Yes, I'm good. To me it's a normal week. Go out and play, prepare like we always do. Prepare and play. There are a lot more outside of football things you have to do but other than that, it's been good.

Q: Is it a lot more than you thought given where you are at right now?

A: I'm getting a lot of help from the people upstairs. Rick [Spielman] and all of that. But you have to prepare schedules for the next couple of weeks. If you win, you have to talk about logistics and a lot of those things. I do a little bit of it and they do a lot of it.

Q: With the unusual kickoff time, how do you sort out the logistics of the day?

A: We treat it basically like a night game.

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