Vikings Rookie CB Andrew Booth Will Miss the Rest of the 2022 Season

Aug 14, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Andrew Booth. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

After a Monday where most of the injury news was positive, the Minnesota Vikings have some unfortunate injury news on Tuesday. The Vikings rookie CB Andrew Booth will miss the remainder of the 2022 season with his knee injury, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

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Booth injured his knee in Week 11 against the Dallas Cowboys during Minnesota’s 40-3 loss. He sat out against the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving, and Duke Shelley started in his place. Booth then underwent surgery on the knee on Monday, and it was announced by head coach Kevin O’Connell that the injury was regarding Booth’s meniscus.

Given the nature of meniscus injuries, it was unclear exactly how long Booth would be out: would he be back in time for a playoff run in January, or would he miss the entire season? Once the doctors got in and evaluated the state of his meniscus, it became apparent that the latter was the case.

Injuries have followed Booth throughout much of his football career and were a big factor in his following into the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The Vikings took the chance and snagged him with the 42nd overall pick, but to this point, the injuries have continued to get the better of Booth.

The cornerback’s rookie season comes to an end after having played just six games and appearing on the Vikings defense in only two of them. Earlier this season, a quad injury kept him out for multiple weeks as well.

With this latest news, both of the Vikings top two picks in the 2022 Draft are going to have their rookie seasons cut short by injuries. In Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints, the Vikings first-round pick Lewis Cine suffered a compound fracture in his leg which ended his year.

Obviously, this is not the type of start the two defensive backs were hoping for their NFL careers. Hopefully they can come back at full strength in 2023 to help the Vikings defense.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. He also earned minors in History, Human Biology, and Journalism. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys marathon training, playing video games, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. For more of his opinions, check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.