Key injuries mount for Vikings in loss

The Vikings lost several key players or had them limited with injuries in the loss to the Packers.

The Vikings suffered several key injuries Sunday to add to their mounting injury list from Friday.

Receiver Cordarrelle Patterson missed some time in Sunday’s 24-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers, including being held out on the final kickoff return, after suffering knee and ankle injuries to his left leg when he was tackled awkwardly while heading out of bounds on a kickoff return with 2:49 left in the third quarter.

“We’ll see (Monday),” Patterson said. “They’ll check me and see. I should be good, get treatments and get back out there to help the team out.

”I think ankle is always the worst when you twist an ankle; you might as well break it because I feel like an ankle is one of the worst injuries.”

Patterson’s injuries came at the end of a 42-yard kickoff return.

“Every time something good happens it seems like something bad happens on top of that,” Patterson said. “There’s nothing I can do about getting injured. If it happens, it happens so I’ll live to see another day.”

Right tackle Phil Loadholt was unavailable for the final drive of the fourth quarter when he hurt his left shoulder earlier in the fourth quarter. Mike Harris replaced him for the final drive, and head coach Mike Zimmer said Loadholt will have an MRI on his shoulder.

Left tackle Matt Kalil entered the game questionable with a knee injury, too, and struggled with three penalties for a combined 35 yards. He declined to talk to reporters after Sunday’s game.

“Honestly, it was hard for me to see,” Zimmer said of Kalil’s performance. “The times when I was watching, though, the times when I watched him, he seemed to be doing OK, but my eyes are looking at their coverage and the blitzes that they’re doing and Teddy (Bridgewater). It’s really hard for me to say without focusing in and having a real honest opinion.”

Safety Harrison Smith didn’t miss any time in the game but said afterwards that he hurt his shoulder when he was diving for an interception in third quarter and landed hard on his shoulder.

Tight end Chase Ford also missed time with a hamstring injury.

The Vikings were without running back Matt Asiata, who was inactive with a concussion, and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who injured a knee in Wednesday’s practice when he banged knees with an offensive player.

”Guys get hurt a lot of times, so just keep going,” Zimmer said.

In addition to those injuries, the Vikings entered the game with receivers Greg Jennings questionable with a rib injury and Jarius Wright questionable with a hamstring injury.

Wright was limited in his playing time, with former Packer Charles Johnson getting the first start of his career.


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