Rib injury sidelines Vikings middle linebacker against the Rams

Published 2:05 pm Saturday, November 7, 2015

EDEN PRAIRIE — Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks will miss the game against St. Louis Sunday because of a rib injury. 

The Vikings ruled Kendricks out on Friday. Outside linebacker Anthony Barr is listed as questionable with a back injury and defensive tackle Shariff Floyd (knee) will miss another game, leaving the Vikings with a banged-up defense to face Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley.

Barr was able to practice on Friday, making it likely he will be on the field against the Rams.

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Audie Cole will get the start in place of Kendricks, who was named NFC defensive rookie of the month in October. The second-round draft pick out of UCLA quickly supplanted Gerald Hodges in the starting lineup, allowing the Vikings to trade Hodges to San Francisco during the bye week.