The Minnesota Vikings lost a heartracer that ended up being a heartbreaker against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, but the loss was more costly than initially thought. After losing Adrian Peterson to an ankle injury, the Vikings have learned that rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes will also miss some time with an ankle injury.
While Peterson expects to play next week, the same can’t be said for Rhodes who has been diagnosed with an ankle sprain and is expected to miss the next few weeks.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 10, 2013
This is a big blow to a Vikings secondary that has been suspect all season long. The injuries for the Minnesota defense keep piling up and Rhodes’ injury is just the latest in a long line of frustrations with the team’s younger players. Safety Harrison Smith had just started to heat up when he went down and the same can be said about Rhodes.
It’s not like the Vikings are playing for much this season anyways, so the loss isn’t as devastating as it could have been. But for a team building for the future, getting star rookies like Rhodes healthy playing time is key right now and losing them to injuries is just another of the many things that have gone wrong this season.