Vikings rookie Hercules Mata’afa tears ACL

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Vikings rookie defensive end Hercules Mata'afa tore an anterior cruciate ligament in Wednesday’s organized team activity, Tony Pauline of draftanalyst.com reports.

Mata’afa was injured during a kickoff drill.

The undrafted free agent from Washington State likely ends up on injured reserve after clearing waivers.

Mata’afa made 121 tackles, 45.5 tackles for loss, 21 sacks and three forced fumbles in 34 games in his career at Washington State.

22 responses to “Vikings rookie Hercules Mata’afa tears ACL

  1. “Mata’afa was injured during a kickoff drill.”

    Oh boy…..I can hear the drums signaling the end of the kickoff getting closer….

  2. Sad when a young undrafted player suffers an injury before the season starts. In many cases that ends a career before it starts.

  3. Feel for the guy. He will be working with the best staff in getting back up to speed and can still be present in the LB room in what amounts to a red shirt year.

  4. That’s too bad. The odds of an UDFA making the team to begin with are pretty long and this will be a tough injury to come back from. Wishing him all the best.

  5. The same thing happened to Raekwon McMillan of the Dolphins last year. …. it was his first play in the exhibition season on a kick coverage against the Falcons. Torn ACL.

    Hoping they both recover and will be able to play in the future.

  6. That’s not good in any way, but it’s not like his career is over. At best, he was going to be a practice squad player this year. Now he’ll be on IR, getting paid, sitting in meetings, and learning. He’ll be 100% by next year’s training camp and will have a head start on next year’s rookies.

  7. He’ll rehab well and have a solid chance to be part of LB depth next year. Chad Greenway tore his ACL in his first pre-season, and we know the two will talk. Words like “He’s done” are lazy.

  8. minnesotanskeepitinthefamily says:
    June 7, 2018 at 12:49 pm
    It’s a shame. No one (outside of Minnesota) is happy when other teams’ players get injured. Best of luck to him.

    ***

    Childish generalizations. Go spin that narrative elsewhere.

  9. Hey Toyko (or what ever your new name is) here is your post from when Bridgewater hurt his knee.

    h0metownzero says:
    August 31, 2016 at 9:28 am
    I always thought it would be his arm that gave out.

  10. cheeseisfattening says:
    June 7, 2018 at 1:15 pm
    Hey Toyko (or what ever your new name is) here is your post from when Bridgewater hurt his knee.

    h0metownzero says:
    August 31, 2016 at 9:28 am
    I always thought it would be his arm that gave out.

    Hey, Contra.

    I am not Tokyo. And that doesn’t appear to be either.

    The boards were flooded with purple pansy jubilee after Aaron Rodgers went down.

    Fact.

  11. First of many blown knees at the new facility I’m sure. MN, where knees go to die.

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