Vikings HC Mike Zimmer told reporters on Friday that DE Danielle Hunter has been in New York to “get a second opinion” regarding the neck injury he’s been dealing with.
ESPN’s Courtney Cronin reports that Hunter is specifically dealing with a cervical spine disc herniation.
Cornin mentions that the Vikings were expecting Hunter to be out 6-8 weeks with this issue when they made the decision to place him on injured reserve. The good news is that Cronin says there’s optimism of Hunter returning at some point, but there’s still no word on when that could be.
Hunter, 25, is a former third-round pick of the Vikings back in 2015. He was entering the final year of his four-year, $2.969 million rookie contract when Minnesota re-signed him to a five-year, $72 million extension that includes $40 million guaranteed to go along with a $15 million signing bonus.
Hunter is entering the second year of his deal and was set to earn base salaries of $10,900,000 next season and $11,400,000 for the following three years.
In 2019, Hunter appeared in all 16 games and recorded 70 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.