8 quick thoughts on the Minnesota Vikings loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 16

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3. Vikings lose two top offensive players to injury

Sunday's attempt to defeat the Lions was made more difficult for the Vikings when Minnesota tight end T.J. Hockenson and wide receiver Jordan Addison were both ruled out for the remainder of the matchup midway through the third quarter.

Hockenson left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury after a Detroit defender took him down with a low hit after a catch.

Addison went to the sideline earlier in the matchup with an ankle injury.

We'll have to keep an eye on the severity of these two injuries as the Vikings will need Hockenson and Addison back on the field as soon as possible for their push toward the playoffs in the final two weeks of the season.

4. Pair of underrated Vikings defenders also leave game with injury

In addition to Hockenson and Addison suffering significant injuries in the loss to the Lions, Minnesota rookie cornerback Mekhi Blackmon and pass rusher D.J. Wonnum also had to exit the matchup early due to injuries.

Blackmon's day ended after he injured his shoulder and Wonnum suffered a non-contact knee injury in the second half and had to be carted to the locker room.

Wonnum's knee injury is especially unfortunate since he is currently in the middle of a contract year and he's been playing the best football of his pro career this season.

Just like with Hockenson and Addison, more will be known later in the week when it comes to the actual severity of the injuries that were suffered by Blackmon and Wonnum againsth Detroit.