The Minnesota Vikings safety has not played since Week 5 and on Tuesday, the team ended his 2018 season by placing him on injured reserve.
In 2017, Andrew Sendejo arguably had his best season ever in a Minnesota Vikings uniform. Sendejo finished with 77 total tackles, seven pass breakups, two interceptions, and he was a key piece in a Vikings defense that ended the year as the NFL’s second-best unit against the pass.
This season, the Minnesota safety was hoping to have a similar experience. But that hasn’t exactly been the case for Sendejo.
After suffering a groin injury in the Vikings’ Week 5 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the veteran safety has not appeared in another game since. And now, Sendejo’s 2018 season appears to be over as Minnesota announced on Tuesday that he is being placed on injured reserve.
To fill Sendejo’s spot, the Vikings have also promoted rookie cornerback Craig James to the active roster.
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A starter on Minnesota’s defense for the past four years, it’s very possible that Sendejo’s time in the Twin Cities could be finished. Especially given the terms of his current contract.
The way his current deal is set up, Sendejo is scheduled to earn more than $5 million next year. However, none of that money is guaranteed, so the Vikings can decide to part ways with the safety this offseason and not endure any sort of salary cap penalty.
With how well backup safety Anthony Harris has been playing this year in place of Sendejo, the timing of the veteran safety’s injury couldn’t be much worse for him. Will Week 5 go down as the last time Sendejo will ever be seen in a Minnesota uniform?