Defensive end Danielle Hunter is officially done for the season.
The Vikings’ star rusher hasn’t made a single appearance this season while dealing with his ongoing neck injury. His loss is a huge one for the 1-5 Vikings, who already have a dismal defensive record, allowing 19 touchdowns in just six games.
With the poor record in mind, the Vikings allowed Hunter to undergo season-ending surgery.
The herniated disc drew attention right before the season’s start, and Hunter subsequently made the injured reserve list.
Meanwhile, the Vikings went 1-5 without their Pro-Bowl rusher. The season’s disastrous start raised many questions of weakened Vikings’ defense and effectively ended realistic playoff hopes.
With the Bears and Packers each only having one loss in the NFC North, the Vikings season is an uphill battle. Hopes were never particularly high, but Hunter’s loss is a huge blow to any season ambitions. If anything, it will take a miracle for the Vikings to bounce back this season.