Danielle Hunter’s personal trainer thinks he should sit out the season

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The personal trainer for Vikings defensive lineman Danielle Hunter wants to see Hunter prioritize his health and sit out the full season.

Hunter, who has been on injured reserve all season with a neck injury, has not said publicly when (or if) he plans to return. But James Cooper, the personal trainer who has been working with Hunter for his entire NFL career, believes that Hunter would be wise to take his time and see if his neck heals on its own before having surgery.

“I just gave [Hunter] my opinion that it’s best to try to let it heal naturally,” Cooper told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “He’s young. He has his entire career in front of him. I’ve given him my opinion that I would sit out the rest of the season.”

Hunter suffered what was initially described as a “tweak” in his neck in August, but it’s clear that the injury was more serious than first believed — perhaps serious enough to end his season before it begins.

37 responses to “Danielle Hunter’s personal trainer thinks he should sit out the season

  1. Good advice. This is a wasted season. Why risk going under the knife, especially with a neck injury?

  2. As a Vikings fan, I already know how this will play out. He waits to let it heal….sits out season…It doesn’t heal. Then probably has surgery that will cause him to miss most all of next season too. Ugh!

  3. Cervical spine neck injuries are extremely serious. It’s a tough decision as he is young and wants to play but he needs to speak to those paralyzed to see if it’s worth it.

  4. I know three people who have had surgery on their spines. While it did take away a great deal of their pain, it also imposed pretty significant limitations on their activities. Although I’m sure there have been improvements in techniques over the last twenty years, I’ll stick with my chiropractor. I hope he makes a good decision for himself.

  5. conormacleod says:
    October 6, 2020 at 2:03 pm
    Personal Trainer. Doctor. Hmmmmm……..who to listen to……

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Listen to the trainer. He isn’t paying his kid’s grad school tuition with the $50,000 he makes from your failed spine surgery like the surgeon.

  6. He’s young. There’s a limited time to be able to play football. He can live the rest of his life in a wheelchair with a head brace.
    Go get that glory now, young man. Play football. There’s nothing more important.

  7. The NIH…which employs lots of doctors says surgery should occur asap when the injury is found. A guy that is a few years removed from working at Gold’s Gym or Bally’s opinion shouldn’t matter. Apparently Hunter wanted to get rid of this guy until he found out the exit costs of the contract were exorbitant.

  8. I’m not worried about Hunter losing a season… but if he listens to personal trainer (aka… failed athlete) instead of an orthopedic surgeon he is just stupid. As someone who had spine issues in their 20’s I listened to elders who said “let it heal naturally”… after years of pain trying to let it heal naturally, injections, and PT I finally had the surgery and woke up from it without pain for the first time 5 years… haven’t had an issue in the 15 years since either.

    Listen to doctors, and if needed get a 2nd and 3rd opinion, don’t listen to anybody without real medical training and imaging diagnostics.

  9. Do not risk it for this historically underachieving, and now absolutely terrible team. Zim and his tweak comment, what a clown show.

  10. Some morons here for sure. I had the same thing.Pain unreal. Playing football? No. Period. Thumbs down equals uneducated dbags.

  11. I think it would be a good year for him to take a vacation, considering the Vikings aren’t likely to catch the Packers anytime soon and statistically probably won’t make the postseason either. The Packers offensive line is ranked No.1 in the league after four games, and as a result, Rodgers is absolutely devouring LaFleur’s game-plan in year two. Take a rest Danielle. Maybe next year.

  12. brianh992 says:
    October 6, 2020 at 3:40 pm
    Some morons here for sure. I had the same thing.Pain unreal. Playing football? No. Period. Thumbs down equals uneducated dbags.
    ———
    No need to call us packer fans names you fight picker.

  13. Maybe his personal trainer should also get him to change his girl name from Dan-Yell to the mail version, Daniel, since that is the way he says it anyway.

  14. No big deal. I stick knives where my brain stem attaches to my spinal cord all the time. On second thought… No thanks.

  15. obesepackdude says:
    October 6, 2020 at 4:09 pm
    No need to call us packer fans names you fight picker.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Imitation is still the sincerest form of flattery. If you can’t beat them, join them. The cowards way.

  16. stellarperformance says:

    Imitation is still the sincerest form of flattery. If you can’t beat them, join them. The cowards way.

    ——————————

    Is that why Packer fans, like you, live on Vikings articles?

  17. While he may be correct, I wonder if this guy’s training regimen is what caused the herniated disk in the first place? These trainers get a couple NFLers, have no decent medical or physiological training, and suddenly they’re medical experts.

  18. Hunter is way too good to risk his long term health on such a bad Vikings team. If the Vikings were a dominant 4-0 and looking like real contenders, I’d say to hold out a few more games and try to come back if healthy. The current team is going nowhere and Cousins won’t be resigned, so it’s a better idea to just sit out, get healthy, and come back ready to play in 2021.

  19. The current team is going nowhere and Cousins won’t be resigned,

    +++++

    Um, you know Cousins was extended for two more seasons right?

  20. Hunter and the Vikings may be best served keeping him on IR for now. If he improves, and the Vikings make the postseason, he can come back. Otherwise, why risk it?

  21. Surgery or no surgery, he’s got all the time in the world to heal before the Vikings get another sniff of playoff action.

  22. There is no reason he can’t come back from a herniated disk. Many athletes have. The problems happen when they try to come back too soon before it’s completely healed. I just don’t see him back this year.

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