During the fourth quarter of the Vikings matchup against the St. Louis Rams in Week 9, Minnesota linebacker Audie Cole attempted to tackle Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley. Cole did not make the tackle and that play would be his last of the season with the Vikings.
Cole fractured his ankle during the play when his Minnesota teammate Chad Greenway landed on it after being pushed by a St. Louis blocker. The Vikings, who were already without rookie linebacker Eric Kendricks due to a rib injury, had to quickly figure out who would fill Cole’s vacant spot in the lineup.
Having never played middle linebacker in his ten year career in Minnesota, Greenway seemed like the perfect solution. Wait, what?
However, when his name was called, Greenway did not hesitate for a second and gladly filled in for Cole at middle linebacker for the remainder of the game. This ‘team first’ mentality is the kind that Greenway has worn on his sleeve throughout the 2015 season.