In 2014 and 2015, with several pectoral injuries and other injuries that were suffered in the weight room, the Vikings made a change in their strength and conditioning program this year. It doesn’t appear there will be a repeat after this season.
“I honestly don’t think it’s anything to do with the strength and conditioning or any of that stuff,” Zimmer said. “After the season, obviously, we’re going to sit down and look at everything, look at that part of it. We’re going to look at when guys got hurt, where they got hurt, how they got hurt, but at this point, it’s just football things. We’ve obviously tried to put our finger on a lot of that, but we’re not getting guys hurt in the weight room. Most every one of them have been on the field or during the games or something like that.”
The Vikings have lost three starting offensive tackles – Matt Kalil, Andre Smith and Jake Long – for the season in the first 10 weeks of the season. All of them were different injuries incurred during games. Kalil suffered a hip injury in Week 2, Smith an elbow injury in Week 4 and Long an Achilles injury in Week 10.
Adrian Peterson was also lost to a knee injury in Week 2, although he could return to action next month, and lost QB Teddy Bridgewater to a devastating knee injury that will likely keep him out until at least next season.
Zimmer said he wasn’t sure if there was an increase in concussions or just that more of them are being diagnosed with medical personnel in place at each NFL game assigned to look for signs of concussions.
“I don’t know. I’m old school,” Zimmer said. “Back in the old days, we didn’t have any of that, I guess.”