It appears, officially, that the big scare that came out of the Minnesota Vikings’ scrimmage in Mankato last night wound up being much ado about nothing.
Offensive tackle Rashod Hill, who got carted off the field during the scrimmage after what appeared to be a nasty ankle injury, will apparently not miss any time, according to his agent.
My Minnesota Vikings client Rashod Hill (Left tackle) had a scare in practice last night.. Thankfully he's fine and shouldn't miss any time.— Brett Tessler (@TesslerSports) August 6, 2017
Hill got his ankle caught under a pile of people last night while blocking on a running play, and was reportedly on the ground for an extended period of time. The cart came out for him, but prior to that he had gotten up and taken a couple of steps before being transported off the field.
Hill has been seeing extensive time with the starters at left tackle after the injury to the presumed starter, Riley Reiff. Reiff suffered an injury to his back during the first practice of camp and has not practiced since. Hill has stepped in and, from most reports, acquitted himself fairly well. He will likely cede that spot back to Reiff here before too much longer (whenever Reiff is back to practicing again), but Hill appears to be developing into a solid backup tackle with some starting potential. His loss would have been a serious blow to the Vikings’ depth chart on the offensive line, and if we learned anything from last season, it’s that depth is every bit as important as having solid starters up front.
It seems likely that Hill will be available for the Vikings’ final two practices of camp and the team’s preseason opener against the Bills in Buffalo on Thursday night. If we get any news that deviates from that, we will bring it to you here.