The Vikings placed DE Erasmus James on injured reserve today after acknowledging that he re-injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during last Sunday's 42-10 victory over Detroit.
Coach Brad Childress termed the injury "an episode with the ACL." Childress did not say specifically that the ACL was torn, but that is believed to be the case. James is considering his options, but surgery appears likely.
James already has had the knee operated on twice since tearing his ACL and spraining his MCL in September 2006. Asked if this latest injury puts James' career in jeopardy, Childress said: "No, no, not at all."
Childress said James suffered the latest injury on the third play of the Detroit game but was able to continue playing. Soreness and swelling slowly developed over the course of the week, and an MRI performed Wednesday confirmed the injury.
James, the 18th overall pick of the 2005 draft, will finish this season having played in only 8 of a possible 32 games in 2006 and 2007. He was not available for comment.
For crying out loud, can this guy stay healthy for more than a week? Man, "Super Dave" Osborne doesn't have as many medical issues as Erasmus James has had the past few seasons.
Well, more playing time for Brian Robison and Jayme Mitchell, it would appear. LB David Herron was signed off of the practice squad to take James' place on the roster.