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EAGAN , Minn. Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes has a torn anterior cruciate
20-11-2018, 11:39 AM
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EAGAN , Minn. Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes has a torn anterior cruciate
More Vikings coverageVikings coordinators: Defending Brees, Holton Hill’s role, a Minneapolis Miracle story and moreWATCH: The second annual Minnesota Sports AwardsVikings welcome Danielle Hunter Jersey Everson Griffen back to practiceVikings captain Griffen returns to team activitiesVikings Snap Counts: Rookie Hill shines with Rhodes ailingCoach Mike Zimmer confirmed the diagnosis on Monday, after Hughes was hurt in the fourth quarter of Minnesota’s 27-17 win over Arizona on Sunday. Hughes was covering Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in the slot, when he tripped during a brief tangle of feet with Fitzgerald as he angled off a post route about 10 yards deep. As Hughes tried to keep his balance, his left leg bent sideways as he tumbled in pain to the turf while grabbing his knee.“This has always been a deal where, if somebody gets hurt, everybody else has to continue to step up and play,” Zimmer said. “We feel bad about Mike, because I think Mike is going to be a really good football player. But we’ve got other guys here, and we expect them to come in and do a good job.”Though the Vikings had more pressing needs on the offensive line in the draft, they refused to pass up the potential Hughes presentedwith the 30th overall selection out of Central Florida. In addition to seeing extensive time in the secondary, Hughes has taken turns returning kickoffs and punts and also played on coverage units.With Mackensie Alexander (ankle) out for the opener against San Francisco, Hughes was the slot cornerback in the nickel package and returned an interception of 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for a touchdown . He has played capably on the outside, too, starting at left cornerback for Trae Waynes (concussion) last week at Philadelphia. Waynes missed the second half of three other games because of injuries, forcing Hughes into unexpected action in those situations as well.With Terence Newman now on the coaching staff, undrafted rookie Holton Hill will move up on the depth chart, with Xavier Rhodes https://www.minnesotavikingsshop.com/Lat...ray-Jersey , Waynes and Alexander the top three cornerbacks.“He’s got a lot of great attributes, like toughness, and his skillset is really good,” Zimmer said. “He’s going to come back, and he’s going to be great.”Zimmer has often been hard on rookies, particularly for cornerbacks, his position of expertise, but Hughes quickly drew his praise for his attention to detail and willingness to learn in training camp as much as his natural abilities. Alexander, for example, was called out more than once by Zimmer over his first two seasons for being slow to adapt to the responsibilities of the nickel back.“For a young guy, he was real professional about everything,” Zimmer said. “Studied hard, asked good questions, never afraid to ask anything, not afraid to compete.”This is the second straight year the Vikings have lost their top pick to an ACL injury in October. Running back Dalvin Cook went down in the fourth game last season, and Hughes was knocked out of the sixth game this time.“Special rare talent,” safety George Iloka posted to Hughes on Twitter . “I already know you are going to come back stronger.” Dalvin Cook hasn’t lost a step despite spending nearly a year recovering from a torn ACL.The second-year running back was on the field for 80 percent of the Vikings’ snaps on offense in Week 1, his first game since going down in Week 4 last season.More Vikings coverageVikings coordinators: Defending Brees, Holton Hill’s role, a Minneapolis Miracle story and moreWATCH: The second annual Minnesota Sports AwardsVikings welcome Everson Griffen back to practiceVikings captain Griffen returns to team activitiesVikings Snap Counts: Rookie Hill shines with Rhodes ailingCook averaged a pedestrian 2.5 yards per carry in his return Trevor Siemian Jersey Black Friday , but was active in the passing game, finishing with 95 total yards on 22 touches.Quarterback Kirk Cousins looked his way early and often in their first game together. Cook was targeted seven times, second only to receiver Adam Thielen, who led the team with 12.The damage: 40 rushing yards on 16 carries with a long of 15, and six catches for a career-high 55 receiving yards with a long of 17.Even his fumble, potentially costly though it was with the Vikings nursing a one-score lead in the second quarter, came at the end of an otherwise spectacular run.Meanwhile, backup Latavius Murray was on the field for just 14 snaps. The veteran made the most of his workload, racking up 42 yards on 11 carries, but was a nonfactor in the passing game.C.J. Ham was targeted twice, but had no carries.Other notes:— Head coach Mike Zimmer has had nothing but praise for rookie cornerback Mike Hughes since the draft, and he followed through in Week 1. Hughes appeared on 79 percent of the Vikings’ snaps on defense.— The Vikings made it through a full game without further damage to their offensive line. Riley Reiff, Tom Compton, Brett Jones, Rashod Hill and Mike Remmers were on the field for all 71 snaps on offense.— Thielen and Stefon Diggs are both regarded as the Vikings’ No. 1 receiver, but the former had a definitive edge in Week 1. Thielen was on the field for seven more snaps than Diggs, while Diggs had just six targets to Thielen’s 12.— Defensive end Danielle Hunter was on the field for 88 percent of the Vikings’ snaps on defense, his largest share of the workload since Week 10 of last season.— Cornerback Xavier Rhodes was listed as “questionable” with a hamstring injury heading into Week 1. He played all 66 of the Vikings’ snaps on defense anyway.
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