Only a few days into training camp, the Minnesota Vikings have already suffered a few setbacks as injuries begin to pile up.
The first and scariest of the day happened to wide receiver Percy Harvin. Although he was carted off of the field after suffering what seemed to be a serious right hand injury, it was found that he had only jammed his finger. Harvin returned to the field 20 minutes later with a taped finger and resumed practice on a limited basis. It’s expected that the injury won’t affect him heading forward.
The other two injuries fell upon offensive tackle DeMarcus Love and safety Robert Blanton. Love, in his second year with the Vikings, was hampered by a shoulder injury and sat out practice. Blanton, expected to be in the race for a starting role despite being in his rookie season, tweaked his hamstring and is consider day-to-day.
Rookie third-rounder Josh Robinson is still nursing his own hamstring injury and is also considered day-to-day.
The Vikings also made some minor roster moves to start the day, waiving cornerback Nick Taylor and adding cornerback Chris Stroud.
Taylor tore the labrum in one of his shoulders three days ago and was placed on injury waivers since the damage will require season-ending surgery. If he clears waivers, the Vikings will have the option to place him on the Injured Reserve list.
Stroud was brought in to fill the void that the two injuries at cornerback created. The undrafted rookie out of Webber International was invited to the Vikings’ minicamp during May on a tryout basis, but didn’t receive a contract. When the Vikings invited him back for a workout a couple days ago, though, he showed enough physically to warrant a training camp spot. He’s likely just a camp body who can participate while the Vikings wait for Robinson to return.
It’s to be expected that injuries will occur as players’ bodies adjust to contact. Luckily for the Vikings, serious setbacks have been avoided thus far (knock on wood).