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Vikings QB Heinicke Likely Out 2-3 Months

As players arrived in Mankato today before the first Minnesota Vikings training camp practice tomorrow, there was something strange that many seemed to notice. For some reason, backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke showed up to the camp’s facilities with a cast on his left leg.

It was later revealed that his injury was the result of a crazy, freak accident. Earlier this month, Heinicke’s friend found himself locked out of his apartment after they had returned from a trip to the movies. The Vikings third-string quarterback then did what any other 23-year-old male would do and tried to help break into his friend’s apartment.

Unfortunately for Heinicke, his attempt to break down his friend’s door resulted in piece of broken glass severing a tendon in the quarterback’s left ankle. He reportedly had surgery shortly after the incident and the healing process is expected to take anywhere from two to three months.

Although he was the team’s third string quarterback in 2015, some felt that Heinicke had a legitimate shot in Minnesota’s upcoming training camp to challenge Shaun Hill for the Vikings backup job. Any hopes he had of that happening will have to be put aside for a few months at least.

On the plus side, at least Heinicke has a few good ideas of what to get his friend for Christmas this year.

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  1. Hope this isn’t a career ending situation. What happens next? Do the Vikings put him on the IR for the entire season? Is that allowed? I gotta admit, I don’t keep up with all of the yearly rule changes

    1. From what I read it sounds like the IR will not be a likely landing spot for him, just the PUP for a couple of months. To answer CK’s question that appears later in this thread. He must be eligible for the PUP as that is where he had been designated and yes, he can return at any time. It is just that he will count against the roster while on the PUP. (If I understand the stipulations of PUP correctly) I can’t say that he is ready to start if Teddy gets hurt, but I would have to think that he would be a better option than Hill.

    2. Sorry Ole, my first response was off base. He was not designated to the PUP. My mistake. He is on the non-football related injury list so still counts against the roster.

  2. Holy cow, what a way to take one self out. 2-3 months, so early Nov at the latest. Dumb thing to do though, how about a hotel or going over to Tyler’s for the night? Maybe the Foles thing is not so ridiculous after all.

    1. Sounds to me like some al-kee-holl may have been conveniently omitted from Taylor’s account of the story

      1. I would bet dollars for donuts that you are correct Mark. Sounds like a foolish and impatient act… just got to get in here… NOW!!! Kicking (destroying lock and damaging door jam) it in sounds like a good idea.

        1. Did not the first report state that they were trying to get into friend’s home? Just read that it was Tyler’s home that they were trying to break into.

  3. Two questions: Is he eligible for the PUP list, and if he is, can he come off of it mid-season?

    Ah, to be young, dumb and full of…spunk (“I hate spunk!”), again.

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