Kalil was operated on Friday by team physician Dr. Chris Larson, who performed the fix of running back Adrian Peterson's torn meniscus in his right knee the day before.
Whittaker has started three games since coming into the league as an undrafted rookie in 2012, but ran for 100 yards on 16 carries last week in a 47-26 win over the San Francisco 49ers after Stewart went down in the first quarter.
But following Thursday's successful procedure to fix his torn meniscus, Peterson believes he can return this season and play for several years beyond this season.
This week they lost Peterson and starting left tackle Matt Kalil (hip) to long-term injuries, but they remain confident that all is not lost heading into a Week 3 matchup at Carolina. Kalil was also placed on injured reserve this week. Former Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olson is still a big part of Carolina's offense, as he's put up 195 yards and a touchdown through the first two weeks. Kalil's contract will expire after this season.
No running back will earn more than Peterson's $7.75 million salary in 2016, or count more against the salary cap (Peterson carries a $12 million cap charge). Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd had an arthroscopic procedure to clean up cartilage damage in his right knee done by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida. No timetable for his return has been provided by the team, but Floyd had a similar operation done last season on the left knee.
"He's getting better as a pass rusher". In last year's Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos got after Newton with some pretty relentless pressure, and with the offensive line still being one of Carolina's weak points, the Vikings' defensive front has an opportunity to have a huge impact on this one.
"I know everybody is all concerned about we don't have this or we don't have that but it's a team", coach Mike Zimmer said. "But he's been playing good".
"I've had that injury, and it took me three weeks to be able to do a pushup", said Adickes, who played six years as an National Football League offensive lineman before making a career change.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs suffered a groin injury this week that prompted the Vikings to keep him out of practice Friday, but Zimmer said that was a precautionary decision. "This game absolutely should be played Sunday", Davis told reporters.