Report: Vikings RB Kene Nwangwu suffers hyperextended left knee in preseason opener

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Vikings fans who attended training camp this year probably saw Kene Nwangwu darting across the field at points. Unfortunately, Nwangwu’s speed didn’t really get to be showcased in the Vikings preseason opener.

The Minnesota rookie running back suffered an injury on the team’s opening kickoff, forcing him to leave the game. According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, that injury turned out to be a hyperextended left knee.

There is good news, though: Nwangwu is expected to be ready for the team’s regular season opener against the Bengals on Sept. 12.

Also per Tomasson, Nwangwu is being evaluated on a week-by-week basis. He will miss the preseason matchup against the Colts, but it’s not clear whether he will be available against the Chiefs, which is the final game on the Vikings’ preseason schedule.

In Nwangwu’s absence, undrafted free agent A.J. Rose stepped up last week. He finished the Broncos game with 100 rushing yards on 25 carries. Now, it looks like he will have another chance at impressing the coaching staff on Saturday against Indianapolis.