The Minnesota Vikings safety suffered a scary concussion last Sunday, but the team is hoping to have him playing in the upcoming NFC Championship.
It was a pretty frightening sight seeing Andrew Sendejo lay motionless on the field in the third quarter of the Minnesota Vikings’ divisional round playoff game last Sunday. The Vikings safety was taken out by a blindside hit courtesy of Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas.
Thomas later said he did not see Sendejo coming and that the safety being hit was just the result of the two of them running into each other. Although, it seemed like a pretty brutal hit based on the fact that it was just two guys “running into each other”.
People don’t usually use their forearms to brace for impact, so maybe Thomas should think of a different excuse for the future.
As for Sendejo’s current status, it sounds like he has a decent shot at playing in Minnesota’s upcoming NFC Championship matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. At least according to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer on Wednesday.
After Sendejo was knocked out of last Sunday’s game, Minnesota’s defense looked a bit rattled as they allowed New Orleans to score 14 straight points.
Anthony Harris did a decent job filling in for the injured Sendejo and even came up with a big-time tackle to stop the Saints on 3rd and 1 during their final offensive drive of the game. If Sendejo is unable to suit up on Sunday against the Eagles, Harris will likely start in his place.
A flag was actually thrown after Thomas laid out Sendejo, but the officials eventually decided that the hit was not deemed worthy of a penalty. It’s a little hard for the NFL to convince people that they are making an effort to protect defenseless players when a sequence like that goes down and no penalty is called.
Now if Sendejo played on the offensive side of the ball, the story would have likely gone much differently.