Defensive end Tashawn Bower was among the five players that the Minnesota Vikings placed on either the Physically Unable to Perform or Non-Football Injury lists on Friday. He was placed on the NFI list, and after the first practice of camp, head coach Mike Zimmer clarified why that was.
According to Zimmer, Bower tore his Achilles tendon while working out on his own, which was why he was placed on NFI and not PUP. (As we’ve detailed, PUP is for injuries that occur in the context of the game of football.)
Bower tore his Achilles while working out on his own, Zimmer said. That’s why he’s on NFI instead of PUP. “But we did it the right way,” Zimmer said. “We didn’t take money away from him.”— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingStrib) July 26, 2019
It’s a bit of a disappointing development for Bower, who has spent much of the past two seasons on the 53-man roster after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana State in 2017. He likely would have been among the favorites to claim a spot again this season, but given the nature of Achilles injuries, it would appear that his season is over before it’s even started.
In a couple of other injury updates, Zimmer said that he didn’t expect defensive tackle Shamar Stephen to be out long, though no details were given on exactly what kind of issue he’s dealing with. He also said that cornerback Mike Hughes was dealing with the “multiple ligament injury” in his leg and is not ready to practice yet, hence his being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform List.
So, there’s a clarification on Tashawn Bower’s situation and an update on a couple of other injured Vikings. As always, once we learn more, we will make sure the news gets out to you folks as soon as possible.