First-round pick Anthony Barr is done for the season.
The Minnesota Vikings linebacker, the No. 9 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, will have surgery to repair a “slight tear” of the meniscus, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Barr said no date or surgeon has been scheduled yet. He just found out on Thursday that he would need surgery.
“Yeah, it sucks, but it is what is and get this thing fixed up and healed and get ready to go for next year,” Barr said Friday.
The injury occurred against the Chicago Bears on Nov. 16 and Barr started the next two games, trying to play through it.
“I don’t think I did anything worse to it,” Barr said. “It just got to the point where it wasn’t strong enough to continue on.”
Two weeks after the initial injury, he wasn’t able to go in the second half against the Carolina Panthers and he has been inactive the last two weeks.
At the time of the injury, Barr was the Vikings’ leading tackler. He finishes his rookie year with 99 tackles, according to coaches film study, four sacks, four tackles-for-loss, 13 quarterback hurries, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, including one on the first play of overtime that he returned for the game-winning touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“He played great, played great. He’s a good football player,” Zimmer said. “Good Kid, studies hard, does everything right. He’s very conscientious, hard-working. He’s already excited about getting back, getting this fixed and getting going.”
Barr said the injury occurred when he “got caught up under myself.”
“I’ve been trying to go out there each week and it just hasn’t been right so it was time to fix it up,” he said.
He said he would grade his rookie season about a B or B-minus, saying there is a lot he wants to improve upon.
“We could sit here and talk all day about that. It’s a long list,” he said. “I just want to get better as a player and as a leader and hopefully make those strides this offseason.”
The surgery is considered minor and he should be ready for the start of the Vikings’ offseason conditioning program. He is looking forward to a strong offseason after having to miss most of last year’s organized team activities while he finished school at UCLA.
He said his surgery shouldn’t slow down his progress.
“I don’t think it’s going to slow it down. My season just ended a little earlier than everyone else’s,” he said. “I’ve just got to continue to improve and I know I have a whole offseason to do that so I’m looking forward to doing that, getting back on the field.”
Barr’s season over, knee surgery upcoming
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