Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander (20) is treated after suffering an injury in the Sept. 8, 2019, game against the Atlanta Falcons at U.S. Bank Stadium.

EAGAN, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has seen plenty in his quarter century in the NFL, so he’s not going to let a depleted secondary bother him.

Minnesota on Friday, Sept. 13, ruled cornerback Mackensie Alexander (elbow) out for Sunday’s game at Green Bay, and cornerback Mike Hughes (knee) is doubtful. The Vikings already have been without cornerback Holton Hill, who will serve the second game of an eight-game NFL suspension.

“I feel good,’’ Zimmer said. “This isn’t the first time we’ve had some (defensive backs) hurt, so we’ll go out and play well.’’}

The Vikings also listed as questionable guard Pat Elflein (knee), linebacker Ben Gedeon (groin) and cornerback Mark Fields (groin). Fields, who was a full practice participant Friday after being limited Thursday, said he will be available to play Sunday.


{p dir=”ltr”}{span}After not practicing Wednesday, Elflein was limited in practice Thursday and Friday. Gedeon was limited Friday after not being listed on the injury report, so he apparently was hurt in the workout.{/span}

{p dir=”ltr”}{span}Alexander suffered a dislocated elbow late in the first half of Sunday’s 28-12 win over Atlanta in the opener. Hughes hasn’t played since suffering a torn ACL and other ligament damage in Week 6 last year as a rookie. He was a full participant in practice Friday after being limited the past two weeks.{/span}

{p dir=”ltr”}{span}Alexander was replaced for the second half against the Falcons by safety Jayron Kearse. Kearse again is in line to man the spot.{/span}

{p dir=”ltr”}{span}“It’s no different whether you know you’re going to play (before the game) or you don’t,’’ Kearse said. “You’ve got to come out there and play.’’{/span}

{p dir=”ltr”}{span}The Vikings might need their young cornerbacks to do the same. Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes are the starters on the outside, and next in line are Kris Boyd, Fields and Nate Meadors, all rookies.{/span}

{p dir=”ltr”}{span}“They’ve got to step up,’’ Rhodes said. “This is the game of football, and you’ve got to step up when somebody is down.’’{/span}

{p dir=”ltr”}{span}Against the Falcons, Boyd got in for 15 plays. He again could see some action on defense.{/span}

{p dir=”ltr”}{span}“You’ve got to be able to play a role at all times, and always be prepared when you’re number is called,’’ Boyd said.{/span}

{p dir=”ltr”}{span}Boyd is a seventh-round pick and Fields and Meadors were undrafted. To help provide depth, Meadors was elevated from the practice squad on Tuesday after the Vikings put wide receiver Josh Doctson on injured reserve with a hamstring issue.{/span}

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