A Pair of Vikings to Begin Camp on Physically Unable to Perform List

Mar 2, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell during the NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

According to Chris Tomasson, the Vikings will begin training camp with two players on the physically unable to perform list. Ryan Connelly and Blake Proehl are both beginning the year on the PUP list.

Obviously, it’s never good news when players are out due to injury. Hopefully, both are getting close to a return. Nevertheless, it’s encouraging that the team isn’t dealing with more injuries. Plenty of teams have had to place more players on the PUP list. The Packers, for instance, have ten players on the PUP list, including David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, and Christian Watson.

Even at full health, Connelly and Proehl would have a difficult time making it onto Minnesota’s roster. The talent and depth at receiver and linebacker is impressive. Nevertheless, it’s possible that one (or both) can still show the coaches enough to snag a depth job or a spot on the practice squad.

In recent seasons, the Vikings have had to overcome injuries to key players. Perhaps the main person we think of is Danielle Hunter, who is an elite edge rusher when he’s available. Having him on the field for a full season would make the defense considerably more dangerous. Other players the team is hoping will have greater injury luck are Eric Kendricks, Patrick Peterson, Adam Thielen, Christian Darrisaw, Dalvin Cook, and Cameron Dantzler.

The rest of the team arrives at training camp tomorrow. Getting through the offseason at full health will be among the team’s top priorities.