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As Week 2 approaches, the Minnesota Vikings do not have linebackers Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr and Everson Griffen days before facing the Cardinals.
Decades have passed since the Purple People Eaters swallowed up the NFL offenses, but projected as the NFL’s No. 1 defenseman in 2021 it was an exciting development for Minnesota Vikings fans.
According to The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia, there’s a simple reason the Vikings did so poorly last season: The defense was riddled with injuries.
“With Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr still in the mix as linebacker, the Vikings project to have one of the best seven forwards in the league.”
That, of course, was before word broke that Vikings linebackers Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr and Everson could be out with injuries in Week 2.
Minnesota Vikings lose 3 key linebackers before Cardinals game
ESPN’s Courtney Cronin injury update provides a lot of information at once, so here’s the full linebacker situation:
- Eric Kendricks is dealing with a quadriceps injury that kept him out of practice Thursday. He’s not on Wednesday’s injury report, so he could play in Week 2. The Vikings are monitoring the situation closely and are reportedly planning to take an MRI.
- Anthony Barr remains out with a persistent knee injury that knocked him out in Week 1. The injury has been taking its toll. from August 5, and although Barr returned to practicing momentarily last week, he has been out since Sept. 10.
- Everson Griffin missed practice Thursday due to a concussion. According to Rotowire, Griffen “was not on Wednesday’s injury report, so he probably got injured in practice.” He will have a clear concussion protocol if he is going to play on Sunday.
These are substantial losses for the Vikings because they drastically alter the ability of the defense. In week 1, Kendricks led the entire NFL with 15 total tackles. Barr is usually the one who broadcasts defensive play calls of the coaches during the game, effectively making him the quarterback of the defense.
As Adam Patrick of The Viking Age wrote, “All season already feels like it’s falling apart”For Vikings fans.