Uncertainty still in the air when it comes to Vikings LB Anthony Barr

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Anthony Barr
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Anthony Barr /

Anthony Barr missed another practice for the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday as the team prepares for their Week 2 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

Despite the linebacker missing several practices during the last few weeks, the Minnesota Vikings decided not to put Anthony Barr on injured reserve to begin the 2021 regular season.

If Barr was placed on injured reserve to begin the year, he would’ve been required to miss at least three games. It’s starting to seem like the Vikings linebacker might miss those three games anyways as he continues to deal with a knee injury.

Hoping to have him out on the field for a big matchup against the Arizona Cardinals this weekend, any sort of optimism took a hit on Wednesday when Barr missed yet another Minnesota practice.

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With Barr sitting out another practice on Wednesday, the Vikings placing him on injured reserve is starting to feel more like a realistic possibility.

It’s not like the linebacker is dealing with a broken bone that requires an actual minimum amount of time to recover. Barr is currently being kept off the field by a knee injury, one that is beginning to sound more and more serious as each day passes by.

Minnesota likely doesn’t want to put him on injured reserve in case he wakes up one morning during the next few days and he’s able to play in Week 2 or Week 3. But the Vikings still have 16 games left on their schedule, and the more they toy around with Barr’s recovery time, the more they run the risk of not having him on the field at the end of the season.

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Of course, with him not on injured reserve, there is still a chance that the Minnesota linebacker will practice on Thursday or Friday and attempt to suit up on Sunday against the Cardinals. But with each practice Barr misses, that chance to play in Week 2 continues to dwindle.