MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings are making ready for some “damage setbacks,” coach Kevin O’Connell stated, after 4 key gamers have been unable to complete Sunday’s 30-24 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Tight finish TJ Hockenson (knee), receiver Jordan Addison (ankle), linebacker DJ Wonnum (quadriceps) and cornerback Mekhi Blackmon (shoulder) have been all dominated out throughout Sunday’s sport.
Requested if he believed the accidents have been vital, O’Connell stated: “I consider so. I can not affirm this one, however with two weeks to go [in the regular season] …we have now some actually powerful guys. We now have some guys who’re all making an attempt to battle their means again in, however I consider so.”
The Vikings managed only one landing after Hockenson and Addison left. Addison suffered his damage whereas chasing an interception return within the second quarter, whereas Hockenson’s damage occurred after colliding with Lions security Kerby Joseph following a 24-yard reception within the third quarter.
Hockenson got here into the sport main the NFL in catches by tight ends (91), whereas rating second in receiving yards by tight ends (901). Addison, in the meantime, ranked first amongst all rookies with 9 receiving touchdowns.
Wonnum ranks second on the Vikings with eight sacks.
The Vikings completed the sport with out certainly one of their beginning cornerbacks. Blackmon left within the fourth quarter, whereas Akayleb Evans made means for rookie Jaylin Williams. O’Connell indicated that Evans was not injured. As an alternative, O’Connell stated, “I consider he was pulled from the soccer sport.”