Purple Headlines of the Week: More Roster Moves, Injuries Strike Again, a Dagger of a Loss in Week 3

Sep 24, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (2) runs the ball as Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Nick Niemann (31) moves in for the tackle during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings have fallen into the dreaded 0-3 hole after their loss to the Los Angeles Chargers this weekend.

However, apart from this latest loss from the team, there were plenty of purple headlines throughout the week. Here’s a look at everything that transpired over the past week.

Vikings Fall to 0-3

Sep 24, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks to throws a pass against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s get the really bad news out of the way first. The Vikings sit at 0-3 after losing to the Chargers on Sunday. Since 2000, there have been 88 teams to start a season with an 0-3 record. There has only been one to come back and make the playoffs: the 2018 Houston Texans, who won the AFC South with an 11-5 record.

With both the Lions and Packers winning on Sunday, Minnesota sits two games out of the NFC North lead. It’s not an insurmountable deficit by any means, but with games against the Chiefs and 49ers looming, it won’t be easy to dig out of this hole.

Vikings Acquire 2 Players for the Offense

Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) celebrates with Melissa Whitworth, wife of teammate offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (77), after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

We’ll sandwich the bad news with a potential silver lining: the Vikings made a pair of acquisitions on the offensive side of the ball this week. Minnesota signed Dalton Risner to help solidify the offensive line, and just over 24 hours later, they made a trade to acquire RB Cam Akers from the Los Angeles Rams.

Neither appeared in Sunday’s game for the Vikings, but some fresh faces on that side of the ball in the coming weeks might bring the turnaround that they need.

Garrett Bradbury, Marcus Davenport Remain Inactive

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Sep 19, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Minnesota Vikings center Garrett Bradbury (56) and center Mason Cole. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports.

We finish with more bad news from the week. Neither Garrett Bradbury nor Marcus Davenport were active this week against Los Angeles. Bradbury remains sidelined with a back injury and missed his second consecutive game on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Davenport sat out the season opener with an ankle injury, played four snaps in Week 2 against the Eagles, and was inactive again in Week 3. The Vikings will need his presence defensively in order to establish a consistent pass-rush next to Danielle Hunter, but so far, they haven’t been able to get him on the field consistently.

In Case You Missed It…

Sep 14, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Danielle Hunter (99) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

As usual, we have an extra list of reading for the especially studious Vikings fans. Happy reading!

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.