It’s worth mentioning that the NFL changed the rules regarding injured reserve for the 2020 season and players can return from the list in just three weeks.
Hunter missed a good portion of training camp with what the Vikings referred to as a “tweak.” However, it became clear that his Week 1 status was in serious doubt the past few days.
Courtney Cronin reports that Hunter is dealing with a neck injury.
Ifeadi Odenigbo will replace Hunter in the starting lineup.
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.