Vikings update Danielle Hunter’s status, details of injury still unknown

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Danielle Hunter
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Danielle Hunter /

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter has missed the team’s last seven practices.

For the most part, the Minnesota Vikings haven’t had many of their players dealing with injuries during this year’s training camp.

However, of the Vikings players who have suffered an injury since camp started a few weeks ago, Danielle Hunter has easily missed the most practice time due to his ailment.

On Sunday, Hunter did not participate in Minnesota’s training camp practice once again. It marked the seventh practice in a row that the Vikings defensive end did not practice with his teammates.

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Not much is known when it comes to what sort of injury Hunter is exactly dealing with right now. Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer has called it a, “little tweak,” when asked about it in the past, but no one knows where Hunter’s injury is even located.

On Sunday, Zimmer was unsurprisingly asked about the defensive end’s current status and the head coach said that Hunter is, “getting a little better every day,” and that him returning is up to Vikings head trainer, Eric Sugarman.

Some might assume that Zimmer’s decision to use the word “tweak” would mean that he’s speaking about Hunter potentially dealing with a hamstring injury. But coaches around the NFL have been known to use this word to describe various types of injuries that can range from anything having to do with a hamstring, an ankle, an elbow, or a knee among other things.

Minnesota’s lack of talented defensive line depth likely has a lot to do with the team letting Hunter take as much time as he needs to recover as well. The Vikings can’t really afford for him to miss much time during the upcoming season as their pass rush would take a huge step back without their top defensive end on the field.

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So while each additional practice that Hunter misses increases the stress level of Minnesota’s fans, the team still hasn’t given any indications that his current injury is really worth any serious concern.