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  • Vikings' Mekhi Blackmon: Tears ACL in practice

    Blackmon (knee) sustained a torn ACL in the first practice of Vikings training camp Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

    Blackmon sustained the injury during 7-on-7 drills Wednesday, and after staying on the ground for several minutes, he walked off the field and into the Vikings' facility with trainers. It's a brutal blow for Blackmon, who played in 15 games as a rookie in 2023 and was expected to play a larger role in Minnesota's secondary alongside Shaquill Griffin and Byron Murphy this season. With Blackmon sidelined, Akayleb Evans is set to see increased work with the first-team defense at corner during training camp, while Andrew Booth and Jaylin Williams should both see additional opportunities in the secondary.

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  • Vikings' Mekhi Blackmon: Sustains knee injury

    Blackmon left Wednesday's training camp practice with a knee injury, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

    Blackmon limped off the field during 7-on-7 drills and was attended by medical officials before leaving for the locker room, per Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. It could be a significant blow for Blackmon, who missed the last two regular-season games last year due to a shoulder injury. The 2023 third-round pick out of USC finished his rookie season with 41 tackles (34 solo), eight passes defended and one interception across 15 regular-season contests, and he was set to see a larger role in the secondary this year alongside Byron Murphy (knee) and Shaquill Griffin. Akayleb Evans saw additional work with the first-team defense after Blackmon went down, per Will Ragatz of SI.com, and the former could see increased snaps if the latter is sidelined for an extended period of time.

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  • Vikings' DeWayne McBride: Comes off NFI list

    McBride (undisclosed) was activated off the Vikings' active/non-football injury list Wednesday, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    McBride's injury must have not been serious, as the 23-year-old running back spent just two days on Minnesota's active/non-football injury list before activation. Now that the UAB product has returned to form, he's expected to compete with Myles Gaskin and Kene Nwangwu for a depth role in the Vikings' backfield.

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  • Vikings' Christian Darrisaw: Signs massive extension

    Darrisaw and the Vikings agreed on a four-year, $113 million contract extension Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Darrisaw still had two years remaining on his rookie contract after being selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but considering he's one of the best left tackles in the league, Minnesota was smart to lock him up long term. The offensive lineman will get $77 million in guaranteed money, which is the highest total for anyone at his position in the NFL.

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  • Vikings' DeWayne McBride: Heads to NFI list

    The Vikings placed McBride (undisclosed) on their active/non-football injury list Monday.

    The nature and severity of McBride's injury is currently unknown, but he'll now begin Minnesota's training camp on the NFI list. McBride, a 2023 seventh-round pick out of UAB, is still eligible to practice or play at any point in the preseason, but this injury could jeopardize the 23-year-old's chances at making the Vikings' 53-man roster.

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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Officially shifts to PUP list

    The Vikings placed Hockenson (knee) on the active/PUP list Monday.

    The transaction confirms an announcement by coach Kevin O'Connell earlier Monday. Hockenson is eligible to come off the PUP list at any point during training camp or the preseason, once he's ready to practice, but given the timing of his late-January procedure to repair a torn ACL, the 27-year-old tight end seems like a real candidate to miss some time early in the regular season. Josh Oliver, Robert Tonyan and Johnny Mundt will be candidates to benefit from increased first-team reps as long as Hockenson remains sidelined.

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  • Vikings' NaJee Thompson: Lands on PUP list

    The Vikings placed Thompson (knee) on the active/PUP list Monday.

    Thompson has been dealing with a knee issue since the beginning of January, which has now caused him to land on Minnesota's PUP list. The second-year cornerback is still eligible to practice and play in the preseason at any point, but his placement on the PUP indicates he's not fully past his knee injury just yet. Expect Thompson to compete for a special-teams role as the offseason progresses.

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  • Vikings' Andrew Van Ginkel: Close to return

    Van Ginkel (foot) is "close" to participating fully in training camp, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports.

    Van Ginkel sustained a foot injury during the Dolphins' regular-season finale that held him out of the team's playoff loss to the Chiefs, but it now seems as if he's nearing a return to the field. The Wisconsin product inked a two-year, $20 million deal with the Vikings earlier this offseason, and he's expected to serve as one of the team's top edge rushers once he returns to full health.

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  • Vikings' T.J. Hockenson: Will start camp on PUP list

    Coach Kevin O'Connell said Monday that Hockenson (knee) will start training camp on the active/PUP list, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

    O'Connell said Hockenson is "well ahead of schedule" in his recovery from ACL surgery that he underwent in late January, per Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, but he also said "the significant injury that it was, we want to make sure everything is done the right way." It sounds like the Vikings will continue taking a cautious approach while working Hockenson back into action, and given that the standout tight end still remains without a timetable to return, his availability for Week 1 remains up in the air. Once he's back on the field, it could take Hockenson some time to ramp up to pre-injury form in terms of production, so it won't be surprising if he gets off to a slow start when he's healthy, then improves down the stretch of the 2024 season.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 91.4
(29th)
276.5
(1st)
347.8
(10th)
Def. 98.7
(8th)
252.2
(23rd)
333.2
(16th)

Injuries

Player Injury
T. Hockenson TE T.J. Hockenson TE Knee - ACL + MCL
A. Van Ginkel OLB Andrew Van Ginkel OLB Foot
B. Murphy CB Byron Murphy CB Knee - MCL
M. Blackmon DB Mekhi Blackmon DB Knee
N. Thompson CB NaJee Thompson CB Knee

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