Vikings left tackle Christian Darrisaw was on the field for 58 of 64 snaps in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played through the pain despite suffering an ankle injury, and while head coach Kevin O’Connell praised Darrisaw for his toughness postgame, he seemed to know the thing was going to swell up in the week that followed.
“I’m sure he’ll be sore,” O’Connell said at the time. “He’ll be fighting like crazy to make it.”
In the end, Darrisaw won the fight, playing for the Vikings in Thursday’s primetime game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
It was far from a guarantee that Darrisaw was going to be ready to go. He was a limited participant in practice this week, and with such a short turnaround, there was concern that Darrisaw might have to miss the primetime game.
The fact that Darrisaw was available was a major boost for the Vikings after they had to sit center Garrett Bradbury with a back injury.
Aside from Darrisaw, the Vikings also got pass rusher Marcus Davenport back. He missed the season opener with an ankle injury and was a limited participant in practice this week.