Mike Zimmer says Xavier Rhodes’ injury is ‘very, very mild’

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Xavier Rhodes
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Xavier Rhodes /

The Minnesota Vikings cornerback missed the final minutes of Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers due to a leg injury.

Following the team’s win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, there were some who feared that Minnesota Vikings All-Pro cornerback Xavier Rhodes possibly suffered a pretty serious leg injury.

Rhodes was seen leaving the field with a limp during the final minutes of Sunday’s game and he was unable to play for the rest of the night. Some online doctors even thought that the Vikings cornerback suffered a very serious injury to his hamstring.

Despite the pessimistic speculation that came shortly after Rhodes went down, Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer provided an update about his corner on Monday. The leg injury Rhodes’ sustained on Sunday is apparently, “very, very mild,” according to Zimmer.

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This is very, very good news for the Vikings and their top cornerback. Rhodes’ status for Minnesota’s Week 13 matchup with the New England Patriots next Sunday is still unknown, but it at least sounds like he has a chance to play sooner than later.

Zimmer did not provide an official diagnosis for the corner’s injury, but it appeared to be soft tissue related on Sunday night and not a sprain or a broken bone. With this being said, Rhodes’ timetable to return to the field is really hard to gauge (see Dalvin Cook).

But even if the cornerback has to miss a game or two, the Vikings’ defense should be just fine without him. Minnesota’s defensive depth has performed very well this season and the team is not facing any amazing wide receivers during their final five matchups of the year.

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For now though, it sounds like the Vikings and Rhodes escaped him suffering any sort of soul-crushing injury during Sunday’s win over Green Bay.