Mike Zimmer says Xavier Rhodes has a sprained ankle

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The Vikings lost cornerback Xavier Rhodes late in Sunday’s victory over the Jets when he needed assistance getting off the field after his feet got tangled with Jets wideout Robby Anderson on an incomplete pass.

Rhodes was keeping weight off his left ankle while heading to the sideline and he was on the table with his shoe off to be evaluated soon after getting off the field. PFT has learned Rhodes was limping with his ankle wrapped in the locker room and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said that the initial diagnosis is a sprained ankle.

Zimmer added that he doesn’t think it’s too serious, although what that might mean for Rhodes’ availability moving forward remains to be seen. His injury comes a week after the Vikings lost Mike Hughes to a torn ACL, so missing Rhodes would leave the Vikings very thin against the Saints next weekend.

Holton Hill came into the game after Rhodes got hurt and picked off Sam Darnold a play after Rhodes left the game.

10 responses to “Mike Zimmer says Xavier Rhodes has a sprained ankle

  1. kamthechancellor says:
    October 21, 2018 at 7:27 pm
    The way his foot bent looked like a high ankle sprain. Definitely not playing vs the Saints.
    Nice try. Like players often grab the arch of their foot when they have a high ankle sprain.

  2. I read that hill was no where’s near ready to start. He needs to turn it up now because an ankle sprain doesn’t heal in a week. Who is behind this guy if someone has to come out for a couple of plays? I think we are on the edge of a cliff here until Rhodes is well.

  3. Holton Hill will prove to be a steal over time. It will be hard to beat Brees without Rhodes but getting Hill playing time will be beneficial for the long term depth of the position.

  4. Xavier goes out at least once a game. Vikings fans are used to seeing this. I think Xavier will be ready to go next week.

  5. Depth is really being tested this season. I don’t know if I want to start a rookie UDFA at corner against Drew Brees next week. Maybe they’ll practice Alexander at outside corner this week since that’s always been his more natural position, then go “big nickel” to cover the slot. Or just accept that the Saints have been looking to this game since last January and there is no way they’re going to lose no matter what and get Hill some more experience.

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