Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones catches a pass ahead of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes, right, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings will be short-handed in the secondary for Sunday’s playoff game at New Orleans against the Saints and their potent passing attack.

Cornerback Mackensie Alexander was ruled out with a knee injury, and cornerback Mike Hughes was placed on injured reserve with a neck injury. Alexander has served as the slot man in the nickel defense.

Hughes has taken turns at the outside spots for starters Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes down the stretch. He’s also been the primary punt returner.

Also on Friday, Vikings President Mark Wilf has issued a statement of confidence in general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer. Wilf says the team has “every intent” of bringing back both of them for 2020 “and beyond.”

Spielman and Zimmer each have one season left on their contracts. Speculation about their future has swirled recently. The Vikings play at New Orleans on Sunday, their third trip to the postseason in six years under Zimmer.

They have only one postseason victory since reaching the NFC championship game after the 2009 season.

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