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John Carlson suffers sprained MCL in Vikings practice


Tight end John Carlson was the premier free agent signing of the Vikings’ offseason.

Now they’re going to have to wait a little longer to see how much he helps.

According to coach Leslie Frazier, via Tom Pelissero of, Carlson suffered a sprained MCL in practice Tuesday.

When Frazier was asked if the problem could keep Carlson out for a while, he replied: “It could. It could. We’ll see. They’ll tell me more when we get back in. But initially, that’s what they told me — sprained MCL.”

Carlson didn’t play last year because of a shoulder problem and the Vikings still signed him to a five-year, $25 million contract in March.

The plan was for him to pair with Kyle Rudolph in a lot of two-tight end sets, but that will be delayed a bit.

Carlson was to undergo an MRI later today to determine the severity of the injury.

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12 Responses to “John Carlson suffers sprained MCL in Vikings practice”
  1. vikings28 says: Jul 31, 2012 6:54 PM

    Oh boy!! Injury prone, I hope not, but that could be the reality.

  2. lifetimeskinsfan739 says: Jul 31, 2012 6:57 PM

    And the bad signing continues to look worse.

  3. urcrap says: Jul 31, 2012 7:03 PM

    Rub some dirt on it and enough with the runny nose stories!

  4. purplehayseuss says: Jul 31, 2012 7:44 PM


  5. cpo187 says: Jul 31, 2012 8:41 PM

    Carlson is a little overrated and injury prone. He is a solid #2 TE. I think Kyle Rudolph has some playmaking capabilities though and should make a big impact in the Vikings passing game this year. Unsure about his blocking ability though.

    What the Vikings really need to get back to is a good blocking FB for the halfback to run behind and to pick up the blitz. The Vikings offense has been going downhill since the loss of Richardson.

  6. rev279 says: Jul 31, 2012 9:41 PM

    Don’t forget he struggled with dropped balls the last year he was healthy for the Seahawks. I wish him well, always liked his attitude (or lack thereof), but I don’t feel so bad that we didn’t resign him.

  7. purpleguy says: Jul 31, 2012 11:10 PM

    This guy never seems to be healthy — hurting your MCL in practice? Practice?

  8. pappavike says: Jul 31, 2012 11:22 PM

    Bring in Shockey or Plaxico although hes a wide reciver and not a TE there are options!

  9. zn0rseman says: Jul 31, 2012 11:37 PM

    Allen Reisner.

  10. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 1, 2012 11:01 AM

    That $25 million isn’t looking so good right now.

  11. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 1, 2012 11:08 AM

    Oh well, there’s goes the Super Bowl!

  12. trollhammer20 says: Aug 1, 2012 11:46 AM

    Boy, the Seahawks sure were dumb to let Carlson walk and sign an injury-prone player like Winslow on the cheap…

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