That might be the smart, safe play for Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, even in a divisional game. It doesn't get any easier for the Vikings, as they get set to face the Green Bay Packers in Week 6 at US Bank Stadium.
And as Gruden points out, the decision to play a player is not just on Zimmer's head. He will be getting input — perhaps too much so — from a lot of voices.
"There are so many people involved now … should he practice? Should he play? How much should he practice?" Gruden said. "You’ve got doctors, you’ve got trainers, you’ve got the player’s agent, you’ve got his [personal] doctor maybe. Then you’ve got the owner, the coach, strength coach, the player himself ...
"You’ve got everybody involved. Everyone has an opinion. As a coach, it’s absolutely maddening."