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Jordan Hicks hoping to return this weekend against Detroit

A potential boost for the Vikings’ defense

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When they face off against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium on Christmas Eve, the Minnesota Vikings could see the return of a significant part of their defense.

According to Alec Lewis of The Athletic, linebacker Jordan Hicks is working to play this weekend after dealing with a leg injury that he suffered in the Week 10 victory over New Orleans.

Hicks bruised his shin against the Saints and wound up suffering a case of compartment syndrome, requiring a procedure to be performed on his leg the same day. The Vikings then placed him on injured reserve but have opened up the 21-day practice window for him to potentially return to the roster.

Prior to his injury, Hicks had been having a very good season for the Vikings, including an NFC Defensive Player of the Week Award back in Week 6 in Minnesota’s victory over Chicago. His injury has given rookie Ivan Pace Jr. the opportunity to serve as the primary play caller on defense (ie “the guy with the green dot on his helmet”), as Hicks had been filling that role prior to his injury.

Getting Hicks back ahead of the Week 16 game would be a significant boost for the Vikings’ defense against a Detroit team that wants to run the football. We don’t know for sure yet if Hicks is going to be back out there on Sunday but we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that he’s officially over his injury concerns.