CHARLOTTE – The Minnesota Vikings are coming to Carolina with a 2-0 record to start the season, but they've already suffered three major injuries.
"We're preparing for what they do and not who is doing it," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a season-ending knee injury during practice in the preseason, prompting the Vikings to trade with the Eagles for veteran quarterback Sam Bradford, who led Minnesota to victory over Green Bay on Sunday night.
In addition, running back Adrian Peterson will miss several games, and possibly the entire season, after tearing his meniscus against the Packers. Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer said Jerick McKinnon will start in his place on Sunday.
Zimmer also announced that left tackle Matt Kalil has been placed on injured reserve with a hip injury. T.J. Clemmings will take over that role.
"Obviously, we've had a few setbacks," Zimmer said. "We're not the type of team that's going to sit back and cry about what's happening. We're going to go forward and try to find a way."
The Panthers will also be without their starting running back in Week 3. Jonathan Stewart injured his hamstring during the win over San Francisco and did not practice Wednesday.
Rivera didn't have any major updates, but all indications are that Stewart will miss at least a couple games.
"I don't know a lot," Rivera said. "He's got the hamstring and it could be two weeks, three weeks, four weeks. All I know is (the training staff) is going to do the best they can to get him back as soon as possible."
Guard Trai Turner (ankle), defensive tackle Kawann Short (shoulder) and linebacker Jeremy Cash also did not practice Wednesday.
Rivera said he expects Turner and Short to be back on the field Thursday.
"Somewhere along the line, Trai twisted his ankle," Rivera said. "KK was making a tackle, extended his arm a little bit and got his shoulder hurt. It's not bad… not enough to keep them from playing in the game."
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