In the lead-up to the Minnesota Vikings’ playoff game on Wild Card Weekend against the New Orleans Saints, cornerback Mike Hughes was a full participant in the first practice of the week, according to the injury reports. He was theny downgraded to limited participation with a neck injury in Thursday’s practice and, curiously, placed on injured reserve on Friday. Nobody was quite sure what was happening, and with Mike Zimmer being Mike Zimmer, he wasn’t going to let anyone know.
Well, we know now. . .and it doesn’t sound good at all.
It turns out that the neck injury that Hughes suffered was a broken vertebrae, according to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. While no real specifics have been given about the injury, Zimmer expressed confidence that Hughes will be ready for the team’s offseason program.
Hughes played about a third of the snaps in the regular season finale against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. I haven’t gone back to look at the game to see when he might have suffered the injury or what else could have caused it, but it seems a bit strange that it apparently took a bit to diagnose. After all, he was practicing like he was going to play in the Wild Card game and all of a sudden he was done for the year.
I’m not sure how much more information we’re going to get on what happened to Mike Hughes, but if we do get any we’ll bring it to you here. In the meantime, here’s to a speedy recovery for the young cornerback as the Vikings get into the swing of the offseason.