6 biggest takeaways from the Vikings loss to the Lions in Week 16

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Minnesota Vikings takeaway No. 4

Injuries are really piling up.

The Minnesota Vikings have eight players on injured reserve this season including contributors like quarterback Kirk Cousins, running back Cam Akers, and edge rusher Marcus Davenport. Those injuries have forced backups into the lineup.

Sunday's game against the Lions saw Vikings players spend a lot of time in the medical tent. Wide receiver Jordan Addison, edge rusher D.J. Wonnum, cornerback Mekhi Blackmon, and tight end T.J. Hockenson

Rumors about the severity of Hockenson's injury have started swirling, but nothing has been official so far. More information about the injuries to those four players should become available in the near future.

In a season where the Minnesota Vikings had almost no expectations, this group has found a way to stay relevant despite all the issues they have faced. That says a lot for the heart of this team and the ability of the coaching staff.