Both teams went defensive line in last April’s NFL Draft – the Vikings taking defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd with the 23rd pick and the Packers following suit with the selection of defensive end Datone Jones at number 26.
Now both teams are without either one.
While it appears at this point that Floyd is the least injured of the two, Jones’s injury is unknown because nobody’s talking.
Floyd hurt his knee midway through the first half of the Vikings’ loss last Friday to the Houston Texans, while Jones lasted one play for the Packers – a play on which he suffered what everyone is saying is a sprained ankle.
The Vikings announced today that Floyd was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday because of soreness in his injured knee. Jones’s status is not known because there has been no announcement.
The lack of any type of announcement makes one feel that the injury is worse than originally thought.
Either way, both teams are without their top draft picks – at least for now, and maybe longer.
It’s expected that news about Jones will be announced tomorrow when coach Mike McCarthy addresses the press. No doubt, it will be at the top of his conference.
Easily, this is the most disconcerting outcomes for both teams. They have come into the preseason with high anticipation when it came to these two players.
Now they head into the week’s preparations for the second preseason game without their most important draft picks.
It’s unusual for both teams to be battling similar issues, but there it is.
Our hope is that both teams get their guys back in a timely fashion.
After all, whenever the Vikings and Packers meet, we want the best players on the field.
Stay tuned …
The Packers and Vikings will meet twice over a five week period this season, the first game taking place on October 27th in Minneapolis. The Vikings visit Lambeau on Sunday, Novemeber 24th and you can find Green Bay Packers tickets for that game beginning at only $155.