Rick Spielman optimistic Danielle Hunter can return after three weeks

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When defensive end Danielle Hunter was missing practices in August, head coach Mike Zimmer said he was dealing with a “tweak” to a still undisclosed body part and that descriptions seems like a bit of an undersell now that Hunter is on injured reserve.

Hunter’s stay on that list may not be an extended one, however. A change to the rules for injured reserve this season allows teams to bring an unlimited number of players back after they spend three weeks on the list and General Manager Rick Spielman said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that the team thinks Hunter can get back sooner rather than later.

“I think we’re very optimistic — and we’ll see how it plays out — that Danielle hopefully will be able to be back after the three weeks. But we’ll reassess where we’re at with the injury and make a decision from there,” Spielman said.

The Vikings play the Texans in their fourth game of the season and Hunter would be a welcome addition to the effort to keep quarterback Deshaun Watson under wraps.

8 responses to “Rick Spielman optimistic Danielle Hunter can return after three weeks

  1. After being told for weeks that Hunter had a “tweak” and there was no reason for concern, pardon me if a statement saying we hope he’ll be back in three weeks doesn’t fill me with optimism.

  2. Not sure why fans are getting so upset over this. If we had known about this weeks earlier what difference does that make in the outcome? Either way Hunter is still out on Sunday.

  3. Spielman is usually less forthcoming than Zim. Just dont gave a good feeling about Hunter. As to Spielman’s roster valuation skills, I’m not sure the judgement of the fan of a team that drafted a QB and RB they didn’t need passes muster.

  4. I honestly don’t know why we listen to the GM or coach when comes to injuries or anything that would reveal anything significant about the squad. These guys are true professionals playing the highest stakes of poker there is… This ain’t their first rodeo!

  5. The only report I’ve seen (or maybe rumor), is that it’s a neck injury. Better than if he’s an Offensive Lineman or Fullback, but still tricky.

  6. As to Spielman’s roster valuation skills, I’m not sure the judgement of the fan of a team that drafted a QB and RB they didn’t need passes muster.

    ++++++

    I’m not sure what being the fan of a team has to do with analyzing how another teams GM is doing, but $20 million+ in dead cap falls on somebody’s shoulders.

    Burning 2 5th round picks on the kicker position when the original kicker (Forbath) was 47-53 on field goals seemed strange.

    Add in there’s nothing left from the 2016 draft. But probably the clearest indicator of a GM’s worth would be how many playoff victories the teams he put together have …. and for Spielman, he’s at just 2. Overrated.

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