Nick Easton fractured his ankle Saturday night

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The Vikings had their intended starting offensive line together for the first time in weeks when Saturday night’s game against the Packers got underway, but they won’t have it in place for any of their remaining games.

Left guard Nick Easton left the game early and coach Mike Zimmer said after the 16-0 win that he fractured his ankle. Easton will have surgery and miss the rest of the team’s run.

Jeremiah Sirles took over for Easton on Saturday and will move into the starting lineup in the weeks to come.

“Jeremiah, he’s a battler,” Zimmer said, via the Pioneer Press. “He’s aching sometimes and he goes in there and fights and he figures out a way to get it done. I’m glad that we have him because he’s obviously got versatility. He plays everywhere.”

Easton came to the Vikings in a 2015 trade and started 12 games this year.

24 responses to “Nick Easton fractured his ankle Saturday night

  1. We Packers fans don’t mind this sort of thing. And we will say so. That’s why there are people here like me. We deserve each other.

  2. It was a dirty hit by the GB OL that purposely rolled into him from behind when he was blocking.

    Sounds stupid doesn’t it GB fans?

  3. It’s a shame Easton can’t finish wherever this is going. The GM deserves credit for trading Gerald Hodges for Easton and a sixth-round pick. Hodges has bounced around ever since.

  4. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    December 24, 2017 at 10:33 am

    We Packers fans …
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    The loneliest purple in the world chimes in to assure us that we should have zero empathy for whatever may befall their team. It’s too bad because take away the purples and the Vikes would be an easy team to like but they are easily the most pathetic fan base in sports.

  5. Wow….I’ve never seen a more pathetic Packer team. Vikings swept them, and next week I’m sure this trash for talent organization will lay down like a good neighbor to be plundered for a second time by the Lions.

  6. I guess he couldn’t handle the bull-rush defense that continually turned the Vikings back time and time again last night. Under very difficult circumstances, a reasonable person would have to agree the no-name Packer defense actually did a very admirable keeping things close. The Packers had chances all night long, even after spotting two interceptions (which the Vikings thankfully needed.) Hundley simply can’t throw. That’s it. He had all the time in the world to pass (was he even sacked?,) and he horribly missed a lot of wide open deep receivers. Horribly. No accuracy whatsoever. Add to that…….at least seven drive-killing wide open drops by the receivers. There’s your result. The Vikings prevailed. That’s all you can really say about that game……….they simply prevailed (which is all they needed!)

    There was an audible and collective “whew” heard all over Minnesota when that game ended, uttered while every Viking fan in the state wiped the back of their hand across their forehead.

    My description above is not how Packer fans saw it. It’s how the entire country saw it, Viking fans a probable exception.

    I want to wish the best of luck to the Vikings…………… I think they’re going to need it.

  7. Don’t worry about me. I’m chill. I’ll always have more memories of Packer successes than you’ll ever be able to imagine in your Viking dreams. If never again, I’m good. Impressed with the Vikings?……. I’m not. Jealous of you? Add it to your dreams.

  8. @stellarperformance says:
    December 24, 2017 at 1:40 pm
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    I think you said you were at the game. Did you actually watch the game? Were you in the bathroom the whole time? Because on tv, the Vikings coasted to one of the easiest shutouts you’ll ever see in the NFL. Base offense. Base defense. It literally felt like a preseason game with how easy this game was for the Vikings to win. Yes, Hundley stinks. But I honestly can’t remember a game in probably the past 20 years where I was never nervous. Not even for a second. 3-0 felt like the Vikings could not lose this one. What you call a collective “whew”, was actually a collective “Skol” chant happening in your own stadium. I fully expect the Bears to give the Vikings a better fight this next game than whatever it was that your team tried to do.

  9. I am Wisconsin’s Favorite Son and our top Packers fan. I am merely echoing my fellow fans sentiments.

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    commentawaitingdeletion says:
    December 24, 2017 at 12:49 pm
    Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    December 24, 2017 at 10:33 am

    We Packers fans …
    ____________________________________

    The loneliest purple in the world chimes in to assure us that we should have zero empathy for whatever may befall their team. It’s too bad because take away the purples and the Vikes would be an easy team to like but they are easily the most pathetic fan base in sports.

    __________________________________________________________________________________________

    tokyosandblaster says:
    December 23, 2017 at 10:13 pm
    Hey, lots of players were getting injured on the yikes’ “state of the art” field as well.

    And who knows…maybe this is karma for Vikings fans calling Packers soft, and hoping Aaron Rodgers hurt his collarbone again.

    I know that I’m not bothered one bit by seeing Vikings players getting injured. Normally I would have been.

    >

  10. stellarperformance says:
    December 24, 2017 at 2:29 pm
    Don’t worry about me. I’m chill. I’ll always have more memories of Packer successes than you’ll ever be able to imagine in your Viking dreams. If never again, I’m good. Impressed with the Vikings?……. I’m not. Jealous of you? Add it to your dreams

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    Yes yes we know, 13 championships half of them before the tv was invented, 3 yds cloud of dust, frozen tundra and finally we got to see a couple of SB wins on colored tv. When the Vikings win the SB you will not be able to contain your jealousy. Merry Christmas, try to spend time with your family instead of old newspaper clippings.

  11. flviking says:
    December 24, 2017 at 3:50 pm
    Yes yes we know, 13 championships half of them before the tv was invented, 3 yds cloud of dust, frozen tundra and finally we got to see a couple of SB wins on colored tv. When the Vikings win the SB you will not be able to contain your jealousy. Merry Christmas, try to spend time with your family instead of old newspaper clippings.
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    There’s that word again………jealousy. When will you guys realize Packer fans have nothing to be jealous of, not when it comes to the Vikings! Let us know when you have one appropriate newspaper clipping, will you please? Just one.

  12. Packer fans will never cease to pat themselves on the back. Usually it is for decades old wins. Now it is for an attaboy loss where the opposing team’s fans took over their stadium.

    That is as funny as Packer fans booing their own players.

    Attaboy!

  13. jackedupboonie says:
    December 24, 2017 at 1:21 pm
    Wow….I’ve never seen a more pathetic Packer team.

    You should have grown up in the 70’s – early 90’s, a GB team like this was a good season!

  14. stellarperformance says:
    December 24, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    I guess he couldn’t handle the bull-rush defense that continually turned the Vikings back time and time again last night. Under very difficult circumstances, a reasonable person would have to agree the no-name Packer defense actually did a very admirable keeping things close. The Packers had chances all night long, even after spotting two interceptions (which the Vikings thankfully needed.) Hundley simply can’t throw. That’s it. He had all the time in the world to pass (was he even sacked?,) and he horribly missed a lot of wide open deep receivers. Horribly. No accuracy whatsoever. Add to that…….at least seven drive-killing wide open drops by the receivers. There’s your result. The Vikings prevailed. That’s all you can really say about that game……….they simply prevailed (which is all they needed!)

    There was an audible and collective “whew” heard all over Minnesota when that game ended, uttered while every Viking fan in the state wiped the back of their hand across their forehead.

    My description above is not how Packer fans saw it. It’s how the entire country saw it, Viking fans a probable exception.

    I want to wish the best of luck to the Vikings…………… I think they’re going to need it.
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    It’s one thing when your QB can’t hit open receivers and it’s another thing when you can only win a game with phantom facemask calls to get an extra play or 9 undeserved penalties that can never be explained.
    When your opponent doesn’t have to play zebras your team shows much to be desired.
    Even your players not in the game were so accustom to getting deep PI calls that they walk on the field to complain.
    It’s a shame, really, it is.

  15. The only difference between these two teams in this one game was the play of the quarterback. That’s it. Any halfway proficient back-up could’ve won that game. Hundley sucks. He had four obvious overthrown deep balls to wide open receivers. Not his fault, but he also had at least seven drive killing drops from wide open receivers……..three of which were 3rd down plays. And those INT’s were gimmees, nothing special or difficult. Terrible stupid throws, easily given up on silver platters by a lousy quarterback. The Packers no-name defense kept it close and played great and forced many punts. They played every bit as well as the Vikings defense, but weren’t handed two INT’s on silver platters. With those two INT’s and an offense supposedly ready for primetime, the final score should’ve been 45-0. It wasn’t. McCarthy is an idiot for not at least giving Callahan a chance in a winnable game. The Vikings “prevailed.” That’s all they did. They prevailed.

  16. stellarperformance says:
    December 25, 2017 at 7:44 am

    The only difference between these two teams in this one game was the play of the quarterback. That’s it. Any halfway proficient back-up could’ve won that game. Hundley sucks. He had four obvious overthrown deep balls to wide open receivers. Not his fault, but he also had at least seven drive killing drops from wide open receivers……..three of which were 3rd down plays. And those INT’s were gimmees, nothing special or difficult. Terrible stupid throws, easily given up on silver platters by a lousy quarterback. The Packers no-name defense kept it close and played great and forced many punts. They played every bit as well as the Vikings defense, but weren’t handed two INT’s on silver platters. With those two INT’s and an offense supposedly ready for primetime, the final score should’ve been 45-0. It wasn’t. McCarthy is an idiot for not at least giving Callahan a chance in a winnable game. The Vikings “prevailed.” That’s all they did. They prevailed.
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    That sounds just like every victory the Packers ever had over the Vikings.

  17. At least Stella stopped with his “vaunted” defense line.He really looked stupid doing it too. packer fans wouldn’t acknowledge what regular football fans would easily about the Vikings defense. That the Vikings have a very solid defense on every level of it. That is taking fandom too far. No Vikings fans have called Rodgers a scrub. That is what it is like.

  18. ……..still trying to put words in my mouth. From the Vikings official website:

    “Team-First Attitude Drives Vaunted Vikings Defense.”

  19. stellarperformance says:
    December 25, 2017 at 7:44 am
    The only difference between these two teams in this one game was the play of the quarterback. That’s it. Any halfway proficient back-up could’ve won that game. Hundley sucks. He had four obvious overthrown deep balls to wide open receivers. Not his fault, but he also had at least seven drive killing drops from wide open receivers……..three of which were 3rd down plays. And those INT’s were gimmees, nothing special or difficult. Terrible stupid throws, easily given up on silver platters by a lousy quarterback. The Packers no-name defense kept it close and played great and forced many punts. They played every bit as well as the Vikings defense, but weren’t handed two INT’s on silver platters. With those two INT’s and an offense supposedly ready for primetime, the final score should’ve been 45-0. It wasn’t. McCarthy is an idiot for not at least giving Callahan a chance in a winnable game. The Vikings “prevailed.” That’s all they did. They prevailed.

    ***

    lol

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