Throughout the last 22 days, the Minnesota Vikings have lost their starting quarterback, starting running back, and now starting left tackle. What a time to be alive.
Being a Minnesota Vikings fan has been tough this year, and it is week 3. The injury bug has been eating at the team since the week before the regular season started.
First, 8 days before the season opener, the Vikings lost starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. They made a quick plan of action and traded draft picks for Sam Bradford, who looked like he fit right in during last week’s win in Green Bay.
This morning, head coach Mike Zimmer announced that left tackle Matt Kalil is being placed on injured reserve for his nagging hip injury. Kalil’s streak of 66 starts to open his career will end on Sunday, against his brother Ryan and the Carolina Panthers.
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TJ Clemmings will replace Kalil on the left side. Clemmings stepped in last season at right tackle when Phil Loadholt was lost to a season ending injury.
When Adrian Peterson went down Sunday, Vikings fans were holding their breathe. Since then there has been some optimism that the injury wouldn’t be as bad as they originally thought. Today we learned that Peterson has a bucket handle tear.
Peterson will have surgery Thursday to repair his meniscus, which has a 3-4 month recovery time. Peterson could be back in December, and I would not put it past him. He is an athletic freak.
The Vikings will replace Peterson with a running back by committee, behind Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata.
This morning in the wake of the surgery news, the Vikings signed ex Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman. Hillman had 974 yards from scrimmage last season, along with 7 touchdowns.
It seems like the Minnesota Vikings are developing backup plans for all of their injury situations, but will this just be too much?