December 09, 2016

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith will not play against Jacksonville on Sunday because of a severely sprained ankle.

He missed all three days of practice this week and could be out longer after hurting his left ankle during a loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 1. Coach Mike Zimmer said this week Anthony Harris would likely start in place of Smith, who is one of the team's biggest playmakers.

Starting center Joe Berger has also been ruled out because of a concussion. Nick Easton will start his second consecutive game after filling in for Berger against the Cowboys.

Punt returner Marcus Sherels is listed as questionable with a rib injury.

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