Vikings get major boost with left tackle Christian Darrisaw active against Eagles

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.

The starting offensive line for the Vikings featured Darrisaw at left tackle, Ezra Cleveland at left guard, Austin Schlottmann at center, Ed Ingram at right guard and Brian O’Neill at right tackle.

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.

The other inactives for the Vikings included quarterback Jaren Hall, tight end Nick Muse, pass rusher Andre Carter and defensive tackle Jaquelin Roy.

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