Blair Walsh Has Hamstring Twinge In Practice
By Adam Carlson
Aug 9, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) looks on during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at the Metrodome. The Texans won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
During practice on Thursday, Vikings Pro Bowl kicker Blair Walsh felt a “twinge” in his hamstring. That “twinge” was enough for Walsh to leave practice and be listed as “limited” on the injury report.
"“He was doing some kickoffs and felt a little bit of a twinge, so we just shut him down,” Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said. “Precautionary. So we’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”"
Jan 5, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) kicks a field goal in the first quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Despite this “twinge”, Frazier believes Walsh will be good to go for the game Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. The backup kicker for the Minnesota Vikings is punter Jeff Locke. He will take care of both kicking and punting duties if Walsh is unable to go on Sunday. If the Vikings don’t feel that Locke is up to task, they have a short list of kickers to call.
"“We do have a short list, but we don’t want to get to it. I think he’ll be fine,” Frazier said. “Hopefully he’ll be fine. All indications are he will be.”"
The Vikings would really miss Walsh if he is unable to go on Sunday. Walsh has shown himself to be a reliable kicker with a booming leg. Fingers are crossed that he will be fine for the game.