The the Vikings lost 14-10 to the Jaguars on Saturday, and to add insult to injury, they’re going to need some recovery time, as injuries might have a lasting effect as the team prepares for Week 1.
Minnesota had six players leave the game with injuries and not return. Three players were carted off: defensive end Ade Aruna (knee), offensive lineman Cedrick Lang (lower leg) and fullback Johnny Stanton (lower leg).
The Vikings saw six players exit Saturday's preseason game with injuries, some of which coach Mike Zimmer expects to be season-ending. https://t.co/uWZ7ZEPNul
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) August 18, 2018
A handful of these injuries appear to be serious, as coach Mike Zimmer said he expects that several players will be lost for the season. He noted postgame that Lang will undergo surgery.
Vikings’ DE Ade Aruna carted off after suffering a right knee injury…Unfortunately it appears that there was some looseness/movement when the trainers preformed the Lachmans Test which would indicate a torn ACL.
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— ACL Recovery Club (@ACLrecoveryCLUB) August 18, 2018
“The list was so long I don’t remember the exact number, so I’ll just wait until we put them on IR,” Zimmer said.
Outside of Alexander, many of the players injured Saturday were fighting for a roster spot.
“Yeah I feel bad for those guys because they come in here and work their rear ends off,” Zimmer said. “We had a huge number of injuries today, you never want your guys to get injured and it was kind of freaky things; we get rolled up on, it was unfortunate things today opposed to, you know [Jeff] Badet got hit in the head.”
Rough deal for Vikings TE Josiah Price, who is out for the year with a knee injury per a source. He went down yesterday in practice and had to be carted off the field.
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) August 16, 2018
The preseason is about money, or else the NFL would just go right into regular season games. The preseason is supposed to help with the quality of play, but with the risk of injury being so high, not sure it’s worth it anymore.
Johnny stanton injury video: #Vikings FB dislocates Left ankle gets caught under falling player. Team Doctor provides traction to ankle & puts it back in place. Splinted to protect/prevent further damage. MRI/X-ray will determine further damage pic.twitter.com/ed4gjZCnRA
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