Vikings’ Hockenson, Wonnum out for season with injuries suffered vs. Lions; Addison day to day

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The Minnesota Vikings were dealt a bid of wounded blows successful Sunday’s nonaccomplishment to nan Detroit Lions.

Tight extremity T.J. Hockenson and separator rusher D.J. Wonnum will miss nan remainder of nan play aft suffering superior injuries, coach Kevin O’Connell said Tuesday. Wide receiver Jordan Addison (ankle) and cornerback Mekhi Blackmon (shoulder) are time to day.

Hockenson, who was ruled retired midway done nan 3rd 4th of nan 30-24 contest, tore some his ACL and MCL, per O’Connell. Wonnum, who was carted disconnected nan section early successful nan 4th quarter, tore his quad and will person room to repair it.

Kevin O'Connell confirms that T.J. Hockenson tore some his ACL and MCL.

— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) December 26, 2023

Addison injured his ankle aft a collision pinch a teammate while trying to tackle Lions safety Kerby Joseph pursuing an interception successful nan 2nd quarter. Hockenson’s wounded came erstwhile he was deed difficult by Joseph aft making a catch.

Addison, who stepped up for Minnesota (7-8) erstwhile prima receiver Justin Jefferson went down pinch a hamstring wounded successful Week 5, leads nan squad pinch 9 touchdowns successful his rookie season. The 26-year-old Hockenson, who agreed to a monolithic statement extension successful August, paces nan Vikings pinch 960 receiving yards this play and besides contributed 5 touchdowns.

O’Connell was besides noncommittal Tuesday astir nan team’s plans astatine backmost against nan Green Bay Packers this week, saying Minnesota is considering each 3 options  — Nick Mullens, Josh Dobbs and Jaren Hall — to commencement Sunday night.

The Vikings’ chances of making nan postseason fell to astir 28 percent pinch Sunday’s loss, per The New York Times’ playoff simulator. A triumph against Green Bay would boost Minnesota’s chances to astir 47 percent, while a nonaccomplishment would driblet them to astir 4 percent.

What does Hockenson’s wounded mean for nan Vikings?

The play felt doomed aft Week 5 erstwhile Jefferson strained his hamstring. It felt doomed again aft Week 7 erstwhile starting backmost Kirk Cousins tore his Achilles. Somehow, Minnesota kept things alive. Even arsenic moving backmost Cam Akers tore his Achilles, linebacker Jordan Hicks underwent emergency room to alleviate compartment syndrome successful his limb and different contributors for illustration correct tackle Brian O’Neill and cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. missed games owed to injuries.

Hockenson’s torn ACL and MCL consciousness for illustration nan proverbial nail successful nan coffin. Hockenson was undercut by a defender Sunday complete nan mediate of nan field. He instantly hobbled off. O’Connell said of nan wounded successful a concerning manner aft nan game, and now we cognize why.

Hockenson has been 1 of nan league’s champion tight ends. He classed 10th successful nan NFL successful receptions, 24th successful yards and 17th successful first downs converted. Not only will nan Vikings miss him down nan stretch, but his wide readiness for nan commencement of nan 2024 play feels up successful nan air. — Alec Lewis, Vikings unit writer

Which QB is likeliest to commencement Sunday nighttime against nan Packers?

It mightiness beryllium nan rookie Hall. The Vikings person tried nan others. Dobbs started 4 games. His performances featured utmost highs and sadistic lows. The aforesaid goes for Mullens, if not much so. In fact, according to Pro Football Focus, Mullens’ turnover-worthy play complaint (9.4 percent) dwarfs Dobbs’ (4.4 percent).

Hall has overmuch little acquisition than nan different two, and nan Vikings person spent astir of nan play talking astir really they’ve been focused connected Hall’s development. Tossing him into action — without cardinal players for illustration Hockenson, O’Neill, etc. — would beryllium a spot bold. But he, astatine least, would supply nan Vikings a different look, and perchance a chance to destruct nan turnovers.

No statistic has bugged O’Connell much this play than nan giveaways. The Vikings person nan second-most turnovers (30) successful nan NFL, tied pinch nan New York Jets. Hall whitethorn not person nan limb spot of nan different 2 and his wide younker creates nan imaginable for nan crippled to velocity up. Still, he was mostly protective of nan shot successful college, and that whitethorn yet sway O’Connell’s decision. – Lewis

Required reading

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  • Justin Jefferson deserves amended aft carrying squad successful Vikings’ nonaccomplishment to Lions
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  • NFL playoff image aft Week 16: Ravens adjacent successful connected AFC’s apical seed; NFC up for grabs

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