Report: Vikings long snapper Kevin McDermott lost tip of finger caught in helmet

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The Minnesota Vikings had to turn to a backup long snapper David Morgan for a pair of special teams snaps on Thursday as regular long snapper Kevin McDermott had to exit the game due to an injury.

According to Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com, McDermott lost part of the pinky finger on his left hand after getting it caught in a helmet. He had to go to the locker room to get stitches before returning to the game.

In looking at replays of the play McDermott appeared to get hurt – Dan Bailey‘s 37-yard field goal that bounced through off the right upright – McDermott’s hand appeared to get caught between Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers and the helmet of Vikings offensive lineman Tom Compton. McDermott immediately grabs his left hand after the play and missed the next two special teams snaps while getting his hand addressed.

Reshad Johnson lost part of a finger playing safety for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. Ronnie Lott had part of his left pinky amputated after the 1985 after having it broken in a game. It’s an injury that can happen on the football field, though somewhat rare.

14 responses to “Report: Vikings long snapper Kevin McDermott lost tip of finger caught in helmet

  1. Gosh that’s crazy. If there is something to do a replay for it would be to find this man’s finger so they can put him back together. I would have to request a timeout and replay review to find my finger if I was that guy.

  2. Jay Cutler would have been out for the season had this happened to him. Hell, a paper cut would have knocked him out for the season as well.

  3. Those loud and obnoxious viking fans sure seemed to go silent very quickly after 4 games into the season. Hilarious. Typical though…look back through history. MN has a major flop after every successful season. Clockwork.

  4. Soooo a penalty flag wasn’t thrown? Let me get this straight. A player can loose his finger and it’s NOT a penalty but if a QB happens to be sneezed on the wrong way then it’s 15 yards and an ejection? This is what the NFL has become? It’s an unwatchable joke at this point.

  5. rickypoo1969 says:
    September 28, 2018 at 2:49 am
    Soooo a penalty flag wasn’t thrown? Let me get this straight. A player can loose his finger and it’s NOT a penalty but if a QB happens to be sneezed on the wrong way then it’s 15 yards and an ejection? This is what the NFL has become? It’s an unwatchable joke at this point.

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    True, rules have become ridiculous. But, I think you are reallllllly reaching a bit too far here. Unless you are trolling. Who the heck would they throw the flag on? Nevermind, for my own sanity, I think I will choose to believe you are not being serious smh.

  6. Most painful injury I ever had was my fingers getting being slammed between two Helmets during a tackle. Was so severe I almost puked

  7. Kind of like stubbing your toe on the bathroom door. It hurts like hell for days. I hope he’s right-handed and can still make a long snap.

  8. fmc651 says:
    September 28, 2018 at 1:32 am

    The Vikings special teams are as bad as the defense these days.
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    How can you watch last night’s game and say that? That was a historically awful performance by the defense and the special teams did nothing wrong that we’ve been seeing in the first three games.

    No missed kicks.
    No blocked punts.
    No long returns allowed.
    No running the kickoff out of the end zone to the 15-yard line.
    No penalties.
    No turnovers.
    One lost finger, but nobody’s perfect.

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