Among the latest Minnesota Vikings rumors is the specific injury that linebacker Anthony Barr is currently dealing with this summer.
Last season was a disappointing one for Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. Thanks to suffering a torn pectoral muscle in Week 2, Barr sat out the majority of the year, and he was forced to watch the rest of the Vikings defense struggle to stop opposing offenses each week.
After renegotiating his contract earlier this offseason, the veteran Minnesota linebacker is back and ready to help the team’s defense return to being one of the top units in the NFL.
At least, that’s what the Vikings are still hoping for despite Barr missing the team’s last few practices with an undisclosed injury. Hopefully, his absence from the practice field is Minnesota just taking precautions with their Pro Bowl linebacker to make sure he’s still ready for the regular-season opener on September 12.
Vikings Rumors: Anthony Barr possibly dealing with a groin injury
On Wednesday’s episode of the “Purple Daily” podcast, SKOR North’s Judd Zulgad shared what he called “reckless speculation” since he heard this info from a third-hand source, but he said that he’s been told that Barr is dealing with a “groin issue.”
Zulgad is someone who has been attending Vikings practices all summer, so this isn’t him just taking a guess out of left field. But at the same time, the info has not been confirmed by any team or league sources, so at this point, it’s still just speculation.
However, if it’s true that a groin injury is what has been keeping Barr out of practice recently, it’s definitely something to be concerned about.
The recovery time for soft tissue injuries is so incredibly difficult to forecast, given how some can be easily reaggravated and result in more time on the sidelines.
Just go back to 2019 when Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen dealt with a hamstring injury for most of the season.
Thielen attempted to return two weeks after hurting his hamstring and it resulted in him only being able to remain on the field for a total of seven snaps. He ended up having to miss an additional four games before he could come back and stay on the field for a normal amount of snaps.
So if Barr is truly dealing with a groin injury, it’s not something to mess around with. Hopefully, it’s just a minor ailment similar to the severity of the calf muscle injury that prevented Vikings defensive tackle Michael Pierce from being a full participant in the first few practices of this year’s training camp.