Questions Answered: Lewis Cine’s Prognosis, Former Vikings Turned Bears, Best Player thru 4 Games
The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the October 5th edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to DustinBakerNFL@gmail.com.
Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.
Q: When is the soonest you expect Lewis Cine back for the Vikings, if at all?
A: Barring setbacks, Cine will return in 2023.
Cine’s leg injury was brutal for anybody but especially for a rookie player. Yet, the Georgia alumnus was in good spirits on Wednesday — it was his birthday — as he videoconferenced with teammates who sang him Happy Birthday.
But the major takeaway for Cine and the Vikings is that his injury is not career-ending.
Q: How many of the former Vikings now on the Bears roster will actually play on Sunday?
A: Great question. The Bears have nine former Vikings players as of October 5th. This is the entire group, and those who should play in Week 5 for Chicago are highlighted in red:
- Khari Blasingame (FB)
- Dakota Dozier (OG, IR)
- DeMarquis Gates (LB, PS)
- Harrison Hand (CB, PS)
- Jalyn Holmes (DE)
- Riley Reiff (OT)
- Trevor Siemian (QB)
- Ihmir Smith-Marsette (OT)
- Armon Watts (DT)
Dozier is on injured reserve. Gates, Hand, and Holmes are practice squaders. And Siemian will only see the field if QB1 Justin Fields is injured or benched.
Q: Who’s been the best player on the Vikings through four weeks besides Justin Jefferson?
A: Beyond the shadow of a doubt, it’s Dalvin Tomlinson.
Tomlinson, an expensive defensive tackle, is earning his keep. His 80.5 Pro Football Focus grade leads all Vikings players through Week 4. And he’s arguably the only Vikings player who hasn’t yet had a bad or blah game.
Now, the rest of the Vikings defense must follow Tomlinson’s lead, and the team will be in good shape.
Runners up to Tomlinson would be Christian Darrisaw, Za’Darius Smith, and Brian O’Neill.
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Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).