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RG Brandon Fusco (knee) left Sunday's game midway through the second quarter and did not return. He is day-to-day. Joe Berger, a quality veteran interior backup, stepped in and played well for the most part. But his 15-yard penalty for a peel-back block also negated Cordarrelle Patterson's 18-yard run down to the Ravens' 2-yard line.
DT Sharrif Floyd had one of the more active games of his rookie season. He had consistent pressure inside and came up with two hits on Flacco. Floyd, a first-round draft pick, has had a quiet rookie season in a backup role to veteran Kevin Williams. Williams, 33, isn't expected to return to Minnesota for what would be a 12th season.
John Carlson (concussion) will have to pass the league-mandated concussion protocol before returning. It's his second concussion in two years with the Vikings and at least the third of his NFL career. With Rudolph possibly unready to return this week, the pass-catching tight end role could fall to former practice squad player Chase Ford or blocking tight end Rhett Ellison.
DE Jared Allen had his seventh sack of the season and needs three more to avoid his first single-digit sack season since 2006, his third year with the Chiefs. Allen also had two other hits on Joe Flacco on Sunday.
WR Jerome Simpson finally reached the end zone as a member of the Vikings. His last touchdown came with the Bengals on Christmas Eve, 2011. That was the famous catch in which he somersaulted over a defender and stuck the landing in the end zone.
RB Adrian Peterson (foot) suffered a mid-foot sprain in his right foot when it was rolled up on a tackle in the second quarter on Sunday. He didn't return. X-rays were negative on Sunday and, according to Peterson, an MRI ruled out torn ligaments and the dreaded Lisfranc injury on Monday. Peterson was scheduled to see a foot specialist and get a CT scan later Monday and said he would know more on Tuesday.
RB Toby Gerhart (hamstring), who replaced Peterson early in the second quarter on Sunday and gave the Vikings a brief lead in the closing minutes with a 41-yard touchdown burst up the middle, suffered a hamstring injury late in the game. He is day-to-day. With Peterson unlikely to play on Sunday and Gerhart fighting a hamstring injury, the running back duties against the Eagles could fall to No. 3 running back Matt Asiata. Asiata has three career carries for nine yards.
S Harrison Smith (turf toe) hasn't played since the fifth game and is on injured reserve with designation to return. He's eligible to return this week and appears to be ahead of schedule. But whether the Viking risk playing their best defensive back in three meaningless games remains to be seen.
WR Greg Childs, who is attempting to come back from torn patellar tendons in both knees, will remain on the Physically Unable to Perform list for the rest of the season. He had returned to practice two weeks ago, but the Vikings had to make a decision on him on Monday. As expected, they chose not to activate him. He looks good in practice, but still needs more time to bounce back from blowing out both knees on one play during training camp as a rookie last season.
TE Kyle Rudolph (foot), who fractured his left foot in the Dallas game on Nov. 3, was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season on Monday. The Vikings had hoped to get him back, but he hasn't progressed enough to take a risk on further injury now that the team has been eliminated from the playoff picture. The No. 1 tight end job has fallen to John Carlson, who has done well. But Carlson suffered a concussion at Baltimore on Sunday.
DE Brian Robison also had his seventh sack of the season. A fourth-round pick in 2007, he's trying to lead the Vikings in sacks for the first time. Jared Allen has held the team lead every year since arriving in 2008. The last time Allen didn't lead his team in tackles was 2006, his third year with the Chiefs.
CB Josh Robinson, the second-year pro who had struggled in trying to replace the departed Antoine Winfield, missed his third straight game and could miss the rest of the season because of a fractured sternum. The Vikings are still holding out hope that he will return, but he won't practice this week. Robinson had gotten better of late, but still has a long way to go. Rookie first-round draft pick Xavier Rhodes replaced Rhodes and has improved dramatically late in the season. But he also suffered an ankle injury on Sunday in Baltimore.
CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) suffered his injury in the second half at Baltimore and is day-to-day. He has struggled against nagging injuries all season and was on crutches after the game. If Robinson is unable to return, the Vikings will have to start punt returner Marcus Sherels, who is a scrapper but often gets overmatched physically.
LB Chad Greenway continues to play with fractures in his wrist. He also managed to come down with his third interception of the season. He leads the team and has matched a career high with three interceptions.