As worries about quarterback Christian Ponder’s ability to take things to the next level seem to mount within the Vikings fan base, there is a growing list of other woes that seem to be dampening some of the enthusiasm surrounding this team as the regular season draws nearer.
DeMarcus Love will not be available for the first our weeks due to suspension. Cornerback Jacob Lacey was released after injuries gave him no chance to take the practice field. Defensive tackle Christian Ballard has reportedly returned to his hometown indefinitely to deal with personal issues.
Now, Sharrif Floyd’s rookie development will, at least in part, be put on hold as he recovers from a “minor” knee surgery.
Leslie Frazier said yesterday that Floyd will likely miss the remainder of the preseason, but the good news is that he’s expected back and healthy by the regular season opener. Still, rookie repetitions during the preseason hold a premium value and it is disappointing that the team’s top Draft selection has had his opportunity cut short even if it is temporary.
I’m not trying to be an alarmist here, and with Kevin Williams in the fold Floyd is certainly not some we must see at full tilt in week one, but the pile of problems seems to be growing at a steady pace.
Love, Lacey and Ballard were all players thought to have well-defined roles within the Vikings roster in 2013. Now they are, by all appearances, going to be non-factors as the regular season gets underway. The momentum just seems to be headed in the wrong direction at the wrong time.
That is all.