Andrew Sendejo still in concussion protocol, but Vikings are optimistic

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Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo is still not cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol, but the team is optimistic that he will be cleared in time to play on Sunday in Philadelphia.

Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer said today that Sendejo has made progress and has a good chance of getting cleared. He will be examined again today.

Sendejo showed his importance to the Vikings with his absence after suffering the concussion against the Saints: At the time he suffered his concussion on Sunday, the Vikings were leading the Saints 17-0 with just over a minute left in the third quarter. In the next 13 minutes the Saints’ offense scored three touchdowns to take the lead.

The Vikings have complained that the block from Saints receiver Michael Thomas that gave Sendejo a concussion was a cheap shot.

25 responses to “Andrew Sendejo still in concussion protocol, but Vikings are optimistic

  1. It was NOT a cheap shot. Thomas was running his route and looking back at Brees. Sendejo was in coverage and watching his man. Thomas turned his head just in time to protect himself. Sendejo did not turn his head and he saw stars. There was no intent involved. It was correct to pick up the play.

    If we’re going to expect flags, ejections, and fines for pick plays, rub routes, natural picks, crossing routes, whatever name dujour we’re giving them … prepare for an unbearable game to watch.

  2. I’ve always felt that Sendejo was good but not great. His backup, Harris, is pretty darn good. I don’t think you lose that much without him.
    Losing the lead on Sunday was more due to 1) a blocked punt and 2) a bad interception thrown by Keenum. Give Drew Brees a short field, and he will hurt you.

  3. thebigkuhuna says:
    January 19, 2018 at 1:39 pm
    Part of the reason that the Vikings defense is what it is this year is because they have not had many injuries. He is a big part of that group

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    While health has helped, several of the key players have played banged up all year. Ev is battling some foot issues, a few others have some injuries but are fighting through them. Anthony Harris will be fine in Dejo’s absence if needed he is a better than average back up, and with a week to prep will be fine. This D has depth at every position they were built to handle injuries at most positions.

  4. robf2010 says:
    January 19, 2018 at 1:48 pm
    It was NOT a cheap shot. Thomas was running his route and looking back at Brees. Sendejo was in coverage and watching his man. Thomas turned his head just in time to protect himself. Sendejo did not turn his head and he saw stars. There was no intent involved. It was correct to pick up the play.

    If we’re going to expect flags, ejections, and fines for pick plays, rub routes, natural picks, crossing routes, whatever name dujour we’re giving them … prepare for an unbearable game to watch.
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    Watch the tape, pics/rubs shouldn’t lead to an ejection, but helmet to helmet contact should! Thomas ran his route right at the safety which is fine but he HAS to avoid the helmet to helmet contact simple as that.

  5. Helmet to helmet hits need stiffer regulation. Our boys won’t last past 45 at this rate, with CTE’s and all! Let these guys have a life after football.

  6. Watch the tape, pics/rubs shouldn’t lead to an ejection, but helmet to helmet contact should! Thomas ran his route right at the safety which is fine but he HAS to avoid the helmet to helmet contact simple as that.
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    Only in Norse fantasy land does a WR draw ire for targeting a poor defenseless S. At least the Barneys found it in their hearts to admire the Saints’ punter. Evidently he’s the only guy in New Orleans who is a stand up individual.

  7. No way someone who is laid out cold on the ground should be able to play the next week. I find it hard to believe any independent neurologist would allow this. (yes, I’m an Eagles fan, but seriously, the guy was unconscious for about a minute).

  8. Watch it again!
    Sendejo is flying right at Thomas!
    He has the right of way as the receiver
    He is in the pattern and looking for the ball.
    sendejo made the Helmet to helmet!

  9. I’ve watched it over and over. It’s an illegal pick. You can run a play where a receiver gets in the way of a defensive back but you can’t intentionally stop and hit him. Thomas was not looking for the ball; the play was designed to get the running back open. It wasn’t helmet to helmet, but Thomas raised his forearm to hit Sendejo in the head.

    Sendejo was not knocked out. He was moving his arm the entire time he was on the ground.

  10. I hope for the vikings’ sake he’s back, but I have a hard time believing it to be likely. Nearly every time a player enters concussion protocol, they’re not playing the next week—and that’s for a player with wobbly legs. Sendejo was out cold on the field.

  11. Let me get this straight…. Sendejo impeding a route being run by a WO, who happens to be looking at the QB for the ball, should be an personal foul on the offense… but a defensive player taking two steps after the ball is released and driving the QB into the ground is just football… no wonder why people laugh at this fan base.

  12. Broken Skydiver says:
    January 19, 2018 at 3:22 pm
    Let me get this straight…. Sendejo impeding a route being run by a WO, who happens to be looking at the QB for the ball, should be an personal foul on the offense… but a defensive player taking two steps after the ball is released and driving the QB into the ground is just football… no wonder why people laugh at this fan base.
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    Agreed.
    But your post is riddled with common sense that will be completely lost on them.

  13. The hits fine in my book, just don’t flag it this weekend if/when it’s him or Smith dishing it out.

    The protocol is stupid IMO. In a game of this magnitude, if the player wants to play, let him. Sign a waiver, go play. In addition, every player has a trick they use if they are the least bit dizzy after a hit, to make it look like a different injury.

    What happens if Mr. Brady were removed in the 4th qtr this week trailing by 5 with 2 minutes left because his helmet bounced off the ground hard, but he got up after laying on the field for 15 seconds…..alarms would be sounding on the sideline…..we can’t remove him!!!

  14. In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 19, 2018 at 3:09 pm
    I’ve watched it over and over. It’s an illegal pick. You can run a play where a receiver gets in the way of a defensive back but you can’t intentionally stop and hit him. Thomas was not looking for the ball; the play was designed to get the running back open. It wasn’t helmet to helmet, but Thomas raised his forearm to hit Sendejo in the head.

    Sendejo was not knocked out. He was moving his arm the entire time he was on the ground
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    What? Just because someone is knocked out doesn’t mean he can’t move. I’ve seen plenty of people knocked out and still squirming around on the ground.

  15. Sendajo will pretend he’s a Packer and rush himself through concussion protocol. He’ll be playing on Sunday, no debate.

  16. TheAnti-stellarperformance says:
    January 19, 2018 at 4:39 pm
    Sendajo will pretend he’s a Packer and rush himself through concussion protocol. He’ll be playing on Sunday, no debate.
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    I’m sorry, and this happened, when?
    Please provide some context and maybe a few details or are you just providing some more misinformation again.

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