8-7, 2nd NFC North
Nick Easton - All three of the impactful injuries for the Minnesota side is on the offensive line, and that ties into where the biggest issue could be this season. Nick Easton went down with a herniated disc in his neck, and will miss the season, but the good news is Easton is expected to make a full recovery. These neck injuries can be tricky, especially when you start getting into injured discs.
Aviante Collins - Aviante Collins is another injured offensive lineman, and was going to be a crucial depth player, this already is a huge loss because they have had two starting offensive lineman go down, and this would have been where Collins would have filled in. Collins is also out for the season with an elbow injury, and it has led to Minnesota making some moves, but also looking at players to bring in and help out.
Pat Elflein - Once again we are dealing with an injury, but this one started fairly late. Pat Elflein hurt his ankle, and is now listed week-to-week. If he can come back healthy it will be a major upgrade over what they have now. They are still weeks away, and many are not getting hopes up with the way that things are going. Brett Jones continues to man the center role at the moment.
There have been a lot of bad injuries to Vikings players over their history, and one of the most notable ones is Adrian Peterson. He tore his meniscus back in 2016, and was quickly back on the field. Peterson is a freak athlete and is just one of those players who continuously comes back from major injuries like nothing happened. Peterson’s career had mainly been all before him at this point, but you might ask if this derailed a potential for him to pass up some more records. Teddy Bridgewater had an ACL tear during his time in Minnesota. Bridgewater had a rough time in Minny, and there was a chance he might have lost his leg. Bridgewater’s injury has shaped the last few years of Minnesota, going from Case Keenum to Kirk Cousins. Percy Harvin retired at the age of 27, and when healthy he was a dominant return man and receiver. Harvin suffered from migraines, but also had a torn labrum in his hip. He also suffered an ankle injury, which put him on the injured reserve back in 2012. Greg Childs suffered one of the weirder injuries, tearing both patellar tendons. Childs was never a Viking after that, and he was drafted in the fourth round back in 2012. Childs suffered these injuries right off the bat, and it was during practice. This is still one of the more unlikely injuries you will see, and not sure if something like this would happen again. The Vikings have had plenty of injuries throughout their years, and it seems they can’t avoid it when Dalvin Cook tore his ACL during his rookie season back in 2017.