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Danielle Hunter to undergo season-ending neck surgery

Some “tweak”

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After the Minnesota Vikings made the decision earlier on Thursday to trade one of their pass rushers away, they have learned that another star defensive end will not be returning this season as previously hoped.

Numerous sources on social media are reporting that defensive end Danielle Hunter will be undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck, a move that will officially end his 2020 season before it even gets underway.

Hunter stopped practicing with the team in mid-August with what head coach Mike Zimmer had described as a “tweak.” While no specifics have been given as to the extent of the injury, the fact that Hunter is now undergoing surgery speaks to just how serious the issue is.

From a football perspective, with no Hunter and no Ngakoue, I have no idea where in the heck the Vikings are going to get any sort of pass rush from. For a team that is rolling with a bunch of rookies at the cornerback position, that certainly isn’t going to help things on the defensive side of the ball.

Here’s hoping for the best for Danielle Hunter as far as his surgery is concerned, and hopefully we’ll see him back in purple terrorizing quarterbacks again when the 2021 season comes around.