Mike Zimmer announced on Friday that rookie linebacker Anthony Barr will need to have a relatively minor knee surgery and his promising rookie season is over.
Barr was the highest draft pick for the Vikings in Zimmer’s first year as head coach and early indications were that it was a match made in heaven. This injury is a setback, but he should be fully ready to go in 2015, and all indications are that he will be a key component of this much-improved defense.
Barr last played against Carolina on November 30th which means he appeared in 12 games this season. In those games he managed to amass 70 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles, three deflected passes, and three recovered fumbles. His best moment came against Tampa Bay when his defensive score resulted in an overtime win.
The ninth overall selection of the 2014 Draft seems like a keeper and we’ll plan on keeping you plenty updated on his status between now and next year’s regular season opener.