Minnesota Vikings’ running back Bishop Sankey had an MRI today following a knee injury he suffered in Thursday night’s 17-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills. The results are in, and it’s as bad as was originally feared.
Sankey tore the ACL in his right knee, and he will be placed on Injured Reserve, ending his 2017 season.
Sankey, a former second-round pick of the Tennessee Titans, spent part of last season on the Vikings’ practice squad. He was with the team through all the offseason workouts and into camp this season, and had a couple of nice plays in Thursday’s contest. Then, early in the third quarter, he went down awkwardly after a 14-yard run and needed assistance to get off the field.
It’s a shame to see something like this happen. Sankey likely wasn’t going to make the Vikings’ roster, but being in camp with the team might have given him an opportunity to play somewhere else. Now his 2017 season is over with.
As far as the Vikings are concerned, no word has come out yet on who they might bring in to replace him. Terrell Newby and C.J. Ham got some carries after Sankey’s injury last night, and the team is still going to have to work Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray into the rotation after they’re officially back from their injuries. The team might not need to bring in another running back, and they could focus their attention elsewhere instead.
When we find out how the Vikings will be filling Sankey’s spot on the 90-man roster, we will bring you the news.