WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins will have their hands full stopping the Minnesota Vikings’ pass rush on Sunday, but they scored a lucky break: Everson Griffin, the best Vikings pass rush specialist, is inactive.
Suffering from a foot injury, Griffin did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday but was able to hit the field in a limited capacity on Friday.
The feeling among Minnesota and NFL insiders was that Griffin would suit up vs. Washington, even if he played in a situational capacity. Instead, he will wear street clothes and likely give way to Stephen Weatherly at right defensive end.
Through the first eight games of the season, Griffin has 10 sacks, one off of the NFL lead and one of just four players with double-digit sacks. Weatherly has played in an extremely limited capacity this season but has appeared in seven of the team’s eight games.
Elsewhere on the defensive line, Danielle Hunter has three sacks, former Giant Linval Joseph has 2.5 sacks and Tom Johnson has two sacks. Griffin has been the straw that stirs the drink.
Elsewhere on the Vikings’ sideline, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will dress and backup starter Case Keenum, who is having a solid statistical year. If he falters, however, the team will turn back to Bridgewater, who has practiced nine times heading into Sunday’s contest.
The biggest inactive for the Redskins is tight end Jordan Reed. Tackles Trent Williams, Ty Nsekhe and Morgan Moses are all active: