Dantzler suffered a head and neck injury while tackling Packers’ running back A.J. Dillon, and was down on the field for some time before being taken off the field on a backboard and stretcher. Dantzler was later released from the hospital and was well enough to fly back to the Twin Cities with his teammates.
Now, in his press conference on Monday, Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer said that there is a chance that Dantzler could be back this week when the Vikings host the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. Given the scary nature of what we saw yesterday afternoon, having Dantzler back that quickly would be pretty miraculous.
Dantzler was one of three Vikings’ cornerbacks that was injured in the victory over the Packers on Sunday. Mark Fields II suffered a “pinhole puncture” of his lung on a tackle and is expected to miss a couple of weeks, while Kris Boyd suffered an apparent leg injury, the nature and severity of which has not yet been disclosed.
If Dantzler is able to go again on Sunday, it would mean that the Vikings’ top three cornerbacks would all be rookies, with Dantzler joining first-round pick Jeff Gladney and fifth-round pick Harrison Hand. Gladney and Hand were the only two healthy cornerbacks the Vikings had for much of Green Bay’s final drive on Sunday that ended with D.J. Wonnum forcing an Aaron Rodgers fumble to seal Minnesota’s win.
But, in any case, this is outstanding news for Cameron Dantzler, who could be back on the field as early as this coming Sunday.