Mike Zimmer on Danielle Hunter playing this week: “We’ll just have to see”

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has been coy about defensive end Danielle Hunter‘s health throughout camp. Six days from the first Sunday of the season, Zimmer is still not saying anything definitive.

Asked by reporters whether Hunter will play on Sunday against the Packers, Zimmer said, “Yeah, I expect so. We’ll just have to see.”

The first real clue will come Wednesday, when the Vikings issue their first practice report of the season. They’ll have to disclose whether Hunter is injured, the body part that is injured, and whether he practiced in full, on a limited basis, or not at all.

Hunter is a key piece of the Minnesota defense, which last week added defensive end Yannick Ngakoue in a trade with the Jaguars. Zimmer consistently has said that Hunter has a “tweak.”

17 responses to “Mike Zimmer on Danielle Hunter playing this week: “We’ll just have to see”

  1. Even if he plays there’s very little chance he’s at 100% and will be on a snap count. We’ll likely see if the Vikings are as deep at defensive end as they want us to believe. Too bad because the Packers might well be vulnerable with RT Bulaga moving on during the off-season.

  2. Zim is downright Belichikian when it comes to injury disclosure. As to Hunter, I’m more concerned with the DTs – the Pack exploited the interiors of both the offensive and defensive lines last year.

  3. YouEnjoyMyself says:
    September 7, 2020 at 12:21 pm
    Can he play receiver?

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    The funny thing is he probably could…he runs a 4.57 40 yard dash, that’s faster than all the Packers tight ends and about the same as Allen Lazard’s 4.55 40 time…

  4. The real question is, will this be the year Zim quits giving up the freebie 5-10 yard catches.. Nothing more annoying to watch than playing prevent defense in a close game against a good qb.

  5. With the Big 10 decision to postpone the season I think Packer and Viking fans can at least agree it’s great to see some football being played in the Midwest. As a Packer fan I know it’s an advantage having A-Rod conduct the offense with no opposing fans but I wish there were fans in the stands. Takes the electricity of the game away.

  6. soundwave says:
    September 7, 2020 at 1:
    The funny thing is he probably could…he runs a 4.57 40 yard dash, that’s faster than all the Packers tight ends and about the same as Allen Lazard’s 4.55 40 time…
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    He’s light years faster than all the current Viking tight ends. There’s no point to choose a comparison with Packer players. That’s a very Viking Fan fight-picking thing to to do.

    Besides, the Packer receivers, including tight end, outperformed the Viking receivers in 2019. Start there.

  7. he runs a 4.57 40 yard dash, that’s faster than all the Packers tight ends

    +++++

    and it’s faster than Alexander Mattison’s 4.67 (by a wide margin). Talk about plodding.

  8. stellarperformance says:
    September 7, 2020 at 7:57 pm
    soundwave says:
    September 7, 2020 at 1:
    The funny thing is he probably could…he runs a 4.57 40 yard dash, that’s faster than all the Packers tight ends and about the same as Allen Lazard’s 4.55 40 time…
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    He’s light years faster than all the current Viking tight ends. There’s no point to choose a comparison with Packer players. That’s a very Viking Fan fight-picking thing to to do.

    Besides, the Packer receivers, including tight end, outperformed the Viking receivers in 2019. Start there.

    ——–‘zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    That was last year dude and in no way is an indication of what’s to come.

  9. To make up for rookie CBs, the Vikings need pressure on the QB. Hunter and Ngakoue can provide that. If one doesn’t play, Aaron can adjust better. And mumble less.

  10. stellarperformance says:
    September 7, 2020 at 7:57 pm
    soundwave says:
    September 7, 2020 at 1:
    The funny thing is he probably could…he runs a 4.57 40 yard dash, that’s faster than all the Packers tight ends and about the same as Allen Lazard’s 4.55 40 time…
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    He’s light years faster than all the current Viking tight ends. There’s no point to choose a comparison with Packer players. That’s a very Viking Fan fight-picking thing to to do.
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    Come on your making packer fans look silly. The packer fan picked the fight and this is a Vikings story.

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