Minnesota Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes won't need surgery on his knee

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes was listed as inactive during Sunday's game after he felt a "pop" in his knee, but an MRI showed that he won't need surgery.

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes heard a “pop” in his right knee before the start of the team’s season opener against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

He could still walk around, but knew something didn’t feel right. The team then took the cautionary move of listing him as inactive and holding him out of the game. He was scheduled to have an MRI on his knee Monday afternoon and it showed that he will not need to have surgery, but head coach Mike Zimmer said he still does not know how long Rhodes will be out. 

“It’s really great that I’m walking, so like I said, I’m not too worried about it,” Rhodes said prior to his MRI. “It is scary that it happened out there, but like I said, I’ll just take it day by day and see where it goes from there.”

Rhodes missed the entire week of practice before the Vikings final preseason game with a hamstring injury and also sat out during the game, which he probably would have done even if he were healthy. He then returned to practice on a limited basis last Wednesday and continued to take limited reps throughout the week. 


He was cleared to play against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday and even said that his hamstring and everything else in his body feels great. The popping that he felt was something completely separate from his previous injury. 

There is currently no timetable for Rhodes’ return, as he and head coach Mike Zimmer say they are just taking things day by day, but you can be sure he wants to be on the field when the Vikings open up U.S. Bank Stadium against the Green Bay Packers on national television. 

I’m just taking it day by day. I’m not trying to think forward,” he began. “If I do think like that, and if I can (play Sunday) I’d be excited, but if I can’t I’d be more upset than anything, so I’m just taking it day by day.”

There is only so much that Rhodes can do before that time, though, since all injuries take time to heal. Right now he is just working on rehabbing his knee and hope for the best when the training staff tells him how long he will be out. 

If there is any good news with the situation it is that he was walking around the locker room fine on Monday with limited support around his knee. He had on a soft brace, but that was all. 

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