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Sack leader Everson Griffen misses practice with foot injury

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) reacts during the first quarter against Green Bay Packers Sunday, Oct. 15, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Brace Hemmelgarn / USA TODAY Sports

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who is one game shy of the team record for consecutive games with a sack, did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 8, because of a foot injury.

At the end of Minnesota's 33-16 win Oct. 29 over Cleveland, Griffen sat on the ground and took off a shoe and sock. When asked about it after the game, he shrugged and said, "Everything's good."

The Vikings return from their bye week to play Sunday at Washington.

Also not practicing were tackle Mike Remmers, who suffered a concussion on the first series against the Browns, offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles and defensive end Stephen Weatherly. Sirles and Weatherly both sat out against Cleveland because of knee injuries.

Listed as limited in the workout were safety Anthony Harris (hamstring) and guard Danny Isidora (ankle).

Griffen has 10 sacks this season and at least one in each of Minnesota's eight games. That ties him for the team record shared by Jim Marshall and Jared Allen.

Griffen stretched with the team at the start of practice Wednesday, wearing a stocking cap rather than a helmet, and left the field. He was unavailable afterward for comment.

Sloter fine with role

Rookie Kyle Sloter has gone from being the Vikings' No. 2 quarterback to the No. 3 guy who likely will be inactive Sunday. But that's fine with him.

Case Keenum will start against Washington with Teddy Bridgewater as the backup. Bridgewater was activated off the physically unable to perform list Wednesday, and quarterback Sam Bradford was placed on injured reserve to make room on the roster.

With Bradford missing six of the past seven games with a knee injury, Keenum replaced him as the starter and Sloter was his backup each time although he didn't get into a game. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer doesn't anticipate Sloter will dress out at Washington.

"It's cool with me," Sloter said. "That's what they ask me to do, so I'm going to do it to the best of my ability.''

With the roster spot needed for Bridgewater, the Vikings did not want to risk waiving Sloter to get him on the practice squad for fear another team would claim him. Sloter is glad to stick around.

"It feels good," he said. "This is where I want to be, so I'm looking forward to being able to help in any way I can."

A familiar foe

The Vikings (6-2) will play Washington (4-4) for the seventh time in eight years. The only season the teams haven't met this decade was in 2015.

"It seems like we play them every year," said tight end Kyle Rudolph. "Coach Zim mentioned it earlier, we kind of treat it like a division game. We're very familiar with one another."

The Vikings have won four of the six games played this decade, but Washington won 26-20 at FedEx Field last season.

"We always have our work cut out when we play them, especially at their place," said wide receiver Adam Thielen. "It's a big game for us."

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