Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels (35) returns a punt during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
Andy Clayton-King
December 10, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Vikings punt returner Marcus Sherels has been downgraded to out for the game against Jacksonville on Sunday.

Sherels was initially designated as questionable on Friday with a rib injury. He has missed four games with injuries, taking one of the team's biggest special teams threats away. But the Vikings (6-6) announced on Saturday that Sherels would not be able to play in Jacksonville.

Adam Thielen filled in for Sherels at punt returner against Dallas and had a costly fumble deep in their own territory that led to a Cowboys touchdown.

The Vikings also said backup linebacker Edmond Robinson was downgraded to out after being listed as questionable.

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