Taylor Heinicke won’t be able to push for the No. 2 quarterback spot as the Minnesota Vikings open training camp. Heinicke is likely to be placed either on the physically unable to perform list or reserve/non-football-injury list to start camp.
Heinicke reported to training camp with his lower left leg in a cast while he moved around on a scooter. According to ESPN, Heinicke suffered a severed tendon that could cause him to miss two to three month, but he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press he had surgery but hoped to be ready for the regular-season opener.
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The injury was suffered earlier this month when he apparently tried to kick in a locked door with the resident of that house after they came home from a late-night movie.
“I came back and there’s no one home, and I’m trying to nudge the door a little. It was one of those double doors. I thought it just needed a little nudge,” he told the Pioneer Press.
“Me and my buddy were getting it going a little, but when I put my foot to the door, my foot kind of slipped and it went through a window. It was just kind of a freak accident. I’m very embarrassed, but I’m just excited getting going with rehab and trying to get this going as soon as possible.”
Heinicke was taking snaps with the third-team offense during organized team activities and minicamp, but with backup Shaun Hill 36 years old and in his 15th NFL season, there was some thought Heinicke might be able to push him for the backup spot. The Vikings have only two weeks of training camp in Mankato and it is unlikely Heinicke will be back on time to make much of an impression during the preseason.
Last year, Heinicke was one of two undrafted rookies to make the team, joining safety Anthony Harris. Rather than risk placing him on the practice squad after a solid showing in the preseason, Heinicke spent the entire season on the active roster, although he never made it into a game.
Heinicke had 279 yards passing and two touchdowns in the Vikings’ preseason finale against the Tennessee Titans last year.