Lost amid the celebration over the first win in six tries in the Brad Childress era over the Packers was a nasty left ankle injury to Charles Gordon that will end his season.
"We haven't talked about (injured reserve) yet," head coach Brad Childress said Monday. "I know that he is talking with his agent right now about having a surgical procedure on whether he does that here in the Twin Cities or elsewhere. We're about to go upstairs and talk about that."
On a punt return midway through the second quarter, Gordon tried to elude oncoming tacklers and, in the process, got his ankle rolled up by linebacker Desmond Bishop and, in an instant, saw his 2008 season wiped out with a snap of his ankle.
Even his teammates winced at the sight of what they saw – Gordon's ankle bent in a position it was not intended to go. As Gordon lay on the ground in agony, the TV broadcast of the game showed a replay, in which you could see his ankle trapped under the body of Bishop and the ankle simply gave way – much in the same way Joe Theismann's lower leg gave way under the weight of Lawrence Taylor.
"It's a break," Childress said. "A break that's akin to a high ankle sprain if you remember Terrell Owens' high ankle sprain. … They'll have to do some mechanical work inside."
It was clear there was something very wrong from the outset. Vikings players were frantically waving the medical staff to get out on the field and, after his ankle was immobilized, several members of the Packers came by to wish Gordon well. The injury was so hideous that the FOX TV crew opted not to show any more replays after the first one clearly and graphically showed the extent of the damage.
"Whenever you see a guy's leg turned, you just turn away. You don't even want to look at," said safety Darren Sharper.
Gordon appeared in the locker room after the game with a cast on the injured ankle, which is likely going to require surgery. He didn't speak to reporters.
"Chuck's been having a great year for us," Sharper said. "Everyone likes him. He's one of the favorites on the team, gets along with everybody. You saw the foot turn. You hate seeing that stuff. We saw it when he was laying down, his foot turned the wrong way."
"It hit guys because everyone likes Chuck so much. They know, as a young player, what the future holds for a guy like that and how well he's been playing."
It is likely that Gordon will be placed on injured reserve as early as today and the long healing process will begin.