In the aftermath of the Vikings uninspiring win over the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, a game in which CB1 Xavier Rhodes looked as bad as we’ve ever seen (yes, yes, preseason and all), the Vikings just announced a big personnel move:
CB Mike Hughes (@_Bigmikee1) has been removed from PUP. pic.twitter.com/tsHY7RX1yt— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) August 26, 2019
Last year’s first round draft pick would appear to be on track for week one, and that’s great to hear. With the Vikings secondary play looking kind of ‘meh’ so far this preseason, and last year’s rookie surprise Holton Hill under suspension for the first eight games, the CB situation was starting to look a bit sketchy.
With Hughes back, the Vikings now appear set both for starters and a primary depth guy, with Rhodes and Trae Waynes on the outside, Mackensie Alexander in the slot, and Hughes.
And yes, I was wrong, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’m admittedly a bit cynical with the Vikings and injuries, and I just assumed we wouldn’t see Hughes for at least a month, if not more. Especially after the Vikings revealed he had ‘multiple ligament damage’ when he tore his ACL last year. The fact he was removed off the PUP list this soon makes me think he’s fully healed, and will be ready to go week one, which is welcome news, indeed.