The Minnesota Vikings will be without starting center Pat Elflein as they look to clinch a first-round bye in their regular-season finale against the Chicago Bears.
The rookie was ruled out with a shoulder injury Friday and will miss his second game of the season.
Along with Elflein being out, defensive tackle Shamar Stephen (ankle) and long-snapper Kevin McDermott (shoulder) suffered injuries against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday and also will be sidelined in Week 17. Cornerback Tramaine Brock will miss a second straight game with a foot injury.
“I don’t know,” Zimmer said of the offensive line combination. “You’ll have to see Sunday.”
The Vikings will use their seventh offensive line combination of the season Sunday. In 2016, the Vikings used eight personnel groupings on the offensive line.
Minnesota’s starting offensive linemen were together for roughly 12 minutes in Week 16 for the first time since Oct. 9. Every starter except Berger has missed time.
The Bears saw positive signs from their rookie QB, but they missed the playoffs for the 10th time in 11 seasons. Now a coaching change seems imminent.
Stefon Diggs caught six passes for 65 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (13-3), who reached 13 wins for only the second time in the history of the 57-year-old franchise after holding a second straight opponent without an offensive touchdown.
He failed, however, to guide the Bears (5-11) across the goal line despite 11 plays from the 10-yard line or closer in the fourth quarter.