The Vikings are two weeks into the season, and they’ve already lost their best player, their starting quarterbck, and their left tackle.
And they know as it pertains to the next 14 games, none of that matters.
Via Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer shrugged off the news, saying the team had to adjust and continue.
“I feel like we have to go back to work and go play Carolina [on Sunday],” Zimmer said. “I expect [the players] to perform the way I always expect them to perform.”
But considering the wave of bad luck, you can’t blame them if they’re a little worried a piano might fall out of the sky at any moment. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, whose dislocated knee was the snowflake that triggered the avalanche, joked with reporters as he left the building on crutches “I hope I don’t slip,” when he saw the rainy parking lot.
But with Peterson having knee surgery today and left tackle Matt Kalil needing to get his hip worked on, which Zimmer said would be season-ending. They”ll use a committee of backs to replace Peterson, while T.J. Clemmings will start in Kalil’s spot.
“That’s the NFL. Everybody’s going to get injured. Nobody is going to feel sorry for you,” defensive end Brian Robison said. “You never want to see a guy go down, but at the end of the day, time is not going to stop. We just have to keep moving forward.”
“We’re stretched, but we’ll be fine. We’ll figure it out. We’re tough. We’re big boys.”
They’ve been able to sustain it through a 2-0 start, but we’ll see how long they can be stretched this thin at key positions and survive.