Saturday December 6th, 2014

The Minnesota Vikings have ruled rookie running back Jerick McKinnon out of Sunday's game against the New York Jets due to a lower back injury.

McKinnon did not appear in last week's game against the Carolina Panthers because of the same injury, which kept him out of practice all this week as well.

McKinnon leads the team in both carries, with 113, and in rushing yards, with 538. The third-round draft pick from Georgia Southern has appeared in 11 games this season, and in addition to his 538 rushing yards, has 135 yards from 27 receptions.

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Matt Asiata, Joe Banyard and Ben Tate will fill McKinnon's absence in the Vikings' backfield.

Minnesota also listed rookie linebacker Anthony Barr and cornerback Jabari Price as doubtful with knee and hamstring injuries, respectively. Neither took part in any of this week's practices.

Barr has been dealing with a knee injury sustained in Chicago on Nov. 16; he played last Sunday against the Panthers but left the game when the injury became too painful. Barr has not missed a game this season and has 70 tackles, four sacks, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

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Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer stressed that there was no structural damage to Barr's knee; he added that Gerald Hodges would take Barr's place if the team's top draft pick was unable to play this week.

 
- Christopher Woody

 

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