Vikings safety Antone Exum Jr. will reportedly miss at least the next two weeks due to a rib fracture and another injury to his AC joint. The injuries occurred during Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, but it is unsure when exactly the injuries were suffered.
Speculation is that Exum was injured in the second quarter after a violent hit on Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett. The play resulted in Exum drawing a 14 yard penalty for unnecessary roughness which helped lead Seattle to its second touchdown of the game.
The injuries did not prevent Exum from playing 66 of Minnesota’s 67 defensive snaps. But now he will not play any snaps on defense for at least two weeks.
With Exum out, the Vikings are down to three safeties on their active roster (Harrison Smith, Andrew Sendejo, Robert Blanton). Minnesota does have a safety on their current practice squad in rookie Anthony Harris.
It would not come as a shock if Harris were to be promoted to the active roster before Thursday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. With Smith, Sendejo, and Blanton all nursing injuries, Harris could provide some much needed depth and maybe even a spark on defense if he were to see the field.