Halloween may have come and gone, but the cornerback situation for the Minnesota Vikings continues to be a horror show.
After today’s game, it was revealed that cornerback Mark Fields II suffered a punctured lung during today’s victory over the Green Bay Packers, and that he did not travel back to Minneapolis with the team. He will be driven home tomorrow.
Fields was one of three cornerbacks for the Vikings that was injured in Sunday’s game. Rookie cornerback Cameron Dantzler suffered what appeared to be a serious head/neck injury late in the first quarter, but the good news on him is that he was released from the hospital following the game and did travel back to the Twin Cities with his teammates.
In addition, late in the fourth quarter of the game, cornerback Kris Boyd suffered a non-contact leg injury when he was in coverage against Packers’ receiver Davante Adams and needed to be helped off of the field. He was unable to put any weight on the leg, and we have not gotten any update yet as to the nature or the severity of his injury.
By the end of the game against the Packers, the Vikings had exactly two healthy cornerbacks: rookies Jeff Gladney and Harrison Hand. They made do with what they had, including moving Anthony Harris into the nickel role and putting rookie Josh Metellus back at safety, but they’re going to need to make more moves between now and when they host the Detroit Lions next Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Once we have more updates on these injuries and what the Vikings attempt to do to mitigate them, we will let you know.