3 silver linings from the Vikings second loss of the 2022 preseason

(Photo by Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports) Patrick Jones II #91 and Akayleb Evans #21
(Photo by Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports) Patrick Jones II #91 and Akayleb Evans #21 /
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Booth avoids major injury

The one thing every coach, player, and fan can agree on when it comes to NFL preseason games is that no one wants to see an injury. These games are just to get players ready for Week 1 of the regular season, and they don’t mean anything. So when an injury occurs that keeps a player out for a stretch of the season or all of it, it is absolutely devastating.

Vikings fans’ hearts sank when it was announced that a player was down during the game against the 49ers and it was, Andrew Booth Jr., Minnesota’s top rookie corner.

Those fears took a turn for the worst when it was announced on TV that it was a non-contact injury. Things looked bleaker when Booth had to be basically carried off the field by the trainers and appeared to be in a ton of pain.

Those fears were alleviated during Kevin O’Connell’s post-game presser when he announced that Booth reaggravated an old ankle injury and he could be back as early as this week.

That is great news for the rookie corner and for Minnesota’s defense. Now the team needs to pull him from the last preseason game to ensure he is ready to go for the regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers.