Vikings Defender Provides Update Following Season-Ending Injury

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Last Sunday against the Detroit Lions, Vikings defender D.J. Wonnum crumpled to the ground following a play and had to be carted off the field.

Following the game, it would be revealed that Wonnum had suffered a partially torn quad, and he was promptly placed on IR, thus effectively ending his 2023 season. Now, a few days after the injury, Wonnum decided to post a little update regarding his status via Instagram.

Vikings Defender Provides Update Following Season-Ending Injury

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Oct 29, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker D.J. Wonnum (98) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Wonnum posted a photo of himself in a hospital bed donning with the caption, “Surgery was successful, the road to recovery begins now. Appreciate all the love I’ve been getting the last couple of days. The bounce back is about to be crazy.”

The pass-rusher entered the 2023 season on the final year of his rookie contract after being a fourth-round pick during the 2020 NFL Draft by Minnesota. Following a slow start to the season, Wonnum had really begun coming on strong during the second half of the year.

He put together just two sacks over the first seven games of the season, but in the seven games from Weeks 8-15, the fourth-year player had recorded six sacks and equaled his single-season career-high of eight heading into Week 16.

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Oct 23, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) throws a pass as Minnesota Vikings linebacker Danielle Hunter (99) and linebacker D.J. Wonnum (left) rush in during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Without Wonnum in the lineup, the Vikings will now rely even more on Danielle Hunter to carry their pass-rush while Pat Jones will need to build upon a strong showing against the Lions.

Regardless, it is good to know that Wonnum’s surgery was a success, and he is now on the road to recovery. Whether he suits up with the Vikings or elsewhere in 2024, hopefully he can be healthy and ready to go by the time the season gets started.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of 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.