Vikings' Trae Waynes plans to play after week off for concussion
EAGAN, Minn. — After missing his first game in nearly two years, Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes vowed Wednesday, Oct. 10, to return for Sunday's game against Arizona at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Waynes sat out last week's game at Philadelphia after suffering a concussion Sept. 27 at the Los Angeles Rams. It was the first game he missed since Dec. 18, 2016 against Indianapolis.
"I feel good, ready to go," said Waynes, a full participant in Wednesday's practice. "I'm coming back this week, so it's all good."
Not practicing for the Vikings were left tackle Riley Reiff, who suffered a foot injury against the Eagles, safety Andrew Sendejo (groin) and defensive end Tashawn Bower (ankle), who sat out at Philadelphia. Also out was defensive end Everson Griffen (personal reasons), who is expected to miss his fourth straight game Sunday.
Running back Dalvin Cook was listed as limited with a hamstring injury. Cook has missed two of the last three games, including the one against the Eagles.
Cornerback Marcus Sherels was listed as a full participant. Sherels has missed the last three games with a rib injury, and was limited last week in practice.
In addition to sitting out the second half against the Rams, Waynes has missed two other second halves this season with injuries. He was out Sept. 9 against San Francisco with a knee injury and Sept 23 against Buffalo with an ankle problem.
"It's football," Waynes said. "It's part of the game. Injuries happen. You've just got to overcome them."
Rookie Mike Hughes has played in place of Waynes at left cornerback when needed. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Hughes "played well" in his second NFL start against the Eagles. Hughes started the game against the Rams as the nickel back.