The injuries to Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd were revealed during the team’s first preseason game.
When the inactive list was released by the Minnesota Vikings for the week 1 preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, two names stood out more than others: Eric Kendricks and Sharrif Floyd.
These two men are starters in the team’s defense, but their absence from this game left fans unsure of what the issue was that would keep them out of action. Thankfully, fans got more information on that topic during an update from the live broadcast.
1500 ESPN caught the update and shared it in a recent article. Here is what they said about the players, their injury, and the timing of this update:
"“The team is not required to issue an injury report until the first week of the regular season, but the injuries were announced on the TV broadcast. Kendricks is out with a hamstring injury and Floyd has a knee issue, according to the team broadcast.”"
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This does answer a lot of questions from training camp about Floyd and Kendricks. However, the team will get by just fine without them during preseason contests, as both have enough game experience and have earned starting positions based on their previous play.
But the big question comes in the form of the future. Are these two important pieces of the Minnesota Vikings defense being held out as a necessary medical situation? Or is it just a precautionary measure to put the gentlemen in the best possible situation going forward?
Fans may have forgotten where these issues are coming from, but 1500 ESPN definitely remembers.
"“Kendricks left the Saturday night practice in Mankato. Floyd had surgery last year to remove cartilage from his knee.”"
It will be interesting to see what the recovery time will be for these two players or if they will even see action during the preseason at all. But, as said previously, these two men aren’t exactly raw players looking for opportunities to move up the depth chart. They should return to starting positions when healthy.