Throughout the game, they batted adversity with injuries across the board, especially at the skill positions. In his Monday press conference, head coach Kevin O’Connell provided injury updates on multiple Vikings, including three of the best players on the roster.
QB Jaren Hall
WR K.J. Osborn
Considering how bad things looked in real-time, seeing Osborn only in the concussion protocol is a big win. As mentioned above, only Purdy has played the week after being placed in the protocol and with how the Vikings unit played and Jalen Nailor’s potential return, it might be wise to keep him out.
Darrisaw didn’t suit up against the Falcons due to a groin injury and it’s the second game this season that he didn’t end up playing in. O’Connell said that Darrisaw would likely be limited this week and it’s not impossible that he misses Sunday’s game against the Saints.
ILB Brian Asamoah II
Asamoah has missed the last two games with an ankle injury and will likely be limited this week per O’Connell. Asamoah has been a backup player this season but a stalwart on special teams.
Hockenson appeared to have injured his ribs during Sunday’s game against the Falcons. O’Connell said that Hockenson will likely be limited, but is hopeful that he plays against the Saints.
QB Nick Mullens
Mullens is eligible to come off of injured reserve this week and there is a chance that the Vikings open his practice window. O’Connell didn’t know if the Vikings would make that move, but it’s on the table right now.
WR Justin Jefferson
The big question looming in the building right now is with Jefferson. He has missed the last four games but is eligible to come off of injured reserve now. There are still tests that need to be done to make sure that he is good to go, but adding him to that receiving corps would be a massive boost.
It’s worth noting that O’Connell said that “it’s possible” that the Vikings open up his practice window.
RB Cam Akers
The worst was realized, as Akers did rupture his Achilles tendon, the second time he’s suffered the injury in the last 27 months.
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