6 biggest takeaways from Vikings vs. 49ers in preseason Week 2

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One injury is a little concerning

For a game that is sometimes referred to as the “dress rehearsal” of the preseason, it was a bit strange to see so many members of the Minnesota Vikings be inactive for the penultimate exhibition game of the year.

The team’s decision got less weird once rookie cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. fell to the turf with a non-contact injury that was revealed to be his ankle. Later, head coach Kevin O’Connell explained that it was a previous injury that got aggravated but shouldn’t be serious.

Of course, fans would love to see their favorite stars in action in the preseason. And it would be awesome to see how those players look in the new offense that players and coaches have been raving about since the start of training camp.

Having the players healthy and available is more important than putting on a good show in the preseason. If that means taking more losses in the preseason, that’s okay. It’s better to have everyone available when the wins start counting toward the playoffs.