Vikings Star Could Miss Minnesota’s Season Opener
The Minnesota Vikings season opener still feels like a long way off, September 12 at Cincinnati. But already one of their starting defensive stars status for that game is in question. Linebacker Anthony Barr has been sidelined since August 5 with an undisclosed ailment. He has not played in either preseason game and missed most of last season as well, although the two injuries are not related according to a report from Bring Me the News.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is quoted in the piece, saying, "Today I can't tell you if he's going to be ready week 1 or not. He's doing everything he can rehab-wise to get back in there. Hopefully, we have him week 1. If not, we'll have somebody step in and play for us."
The report states that teams don't need to disclose the nature of an injury until the first week of the regular season.
Barr has been plagued by injures the last couple of seasons. In 2020 he missed 14 games due to a pectoral muscle tear that required surgery in September. While his 2019 season was cut short due to knee surgery that December.
Barr was a first-round pick in 2014. He signed a five-year, $67.5 million deal in March of 2019.