Ex-NFL team doctor speculates Vikings’ Xavier Rhodes hamstring injury could require surgery


Vikings Pro Bowl cornerback Xavier Rhodes suffered an apparent right hamstring injury late in Sunday night’s 24-17 victory over Green Bay that a former NFL team doctor speculated could require surgery.

Looking at the injury on video, Dr. David Chao, a former San Diego Chargers head team physician, said in a phone interview he believes Rhodes most likely suffered a proximal hamstring avulsion, an injury that would end his season. Chao writes a column on NFL injuries for the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune and is a medical analyst for SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“Keep in mind this is based on video, but I’m concerned this could be near the only type of hamstring injury that would require surgery,’’ Chao said. “That would end his season even if the Vikings went to the Super Bowl.’’

With 2:38 left in the game at U.S. Bank Stadium, Rhodes went down while covering Davante Adams, who had caught a 36-yard pass to the Minnesota 29. Rhodes was looked at on the field for a minute and then limped off clutching his right leg. He did not return to the game.

“I can’t speak on what it is or anything, but you obviously don’t want to see your guys limping,” Vikings safety Harrison Smith said. “He’s a tough guy. He’ll be all right.”

Coach Mike Zimmer said after the game he didn’t have an update on Rhodes.

Chao based his analysis off watching Rhodes on video tackle Adams on the sideline.

“After the tackle, he rolls back onto his feet in a very unusual position and I believe at that point in time, it’s just video I’m seeing, but I’m worried he has a proximal hamstring avulsion,’’ Chao said.

While a typical hamstring injury is a tear, Chao said the type of injury he believes Rhodes suffered was muscle coming off the bone.

Rhodes had some troubles early in the game against Adams, and was beaten for a 15-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. After that, he shut down Adams for most of the game until his late long catch. Adams finished with five receptions for 69 yards.

“It’s always a good battle,” Zimmer said. “Davante Adams is a really, really good receiver, and Xavier is a really, really good cornerback. … It was probably each of them won a few (battles).”


Deep into his second NFL season, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook scored his first touchdown.

Sidelined by knee surgery as a rookie and by a hamstring this season, Cook took a swing pass from Kirk Cousins and ran 26 yards into the right corner of the end zone with 2:53 left in the first quarter.

“It’s a great feeling,” Cook said. “Especially after being patient.”

A second-round draft pick out of Florida State, Cook was injured in his fourth game last season and missed the season after having his knee surgically repaired. His missed five games this season because of a hamstring strain.

On Sunday, he ran 10 times for 29 yards and caught three passes for 47 yards. On the touchdown, center Pat Elflein got out in front of him as the play swung right.

“Once Pat got out there and did what he had to do, I knew I wasn’t going to get stopped at the goal line,” Cook said.


Aaron Rodgers had just set up a field goal to make it a one-touchdown game with 2:20 left in the game. If the Packers could recover the onside kick, Rodgers would have had a chance to work some of his fourth-quarter magic.

“You can’t let Aaron hang around,” Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph said.

Rodgers didn’t get a chance. He didn’t touch the ball again after that field goal made it 24-17.

Rudolph caught the onside kick and the Vikings were able to run out the clock.

“The guys in front of me do a great job protecting me,” Rudolph said, adding he has caught one other onside kick this season. “I’ve yet to be touched. I know I can focus in the ball and not worry about being hit when I have those guys in front of me.”


Randy Moss, the former Vikings wide receiver who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, received his hall of fame ring in a halftime ceremony.

Moss received a big round of applause and spoke to the fans for just over a minute. Moss, who played for the Vikings from 1998-2004 and in 2010, opened his remarks by saying, “I’m back home.’’

Moss gave thanks for late Vikings coach Dennis Green, who made the decision to take him with the No. 21 pick in the 1998 draft after he had slipped because of off-field issues.

“I owe it all to Coach Dennis Green for being able to draft me here, so I’m able to showcase my talents of what God really blessed me with,” Moss said.


After missing three straight games with a right hamstring injury, Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr returned Sunday. Barr practiced all week and was not on the Friday’s final injury report. He made one tackle.

Inactive Sunday for the Vikings were safety Andrew Sendejo (groin), tight end David Morgan (knee), linebacker Ben Gedeon (concussion), wide receiver Chad Beebe, quarterback Kyle Sloter, defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes and running back Mike Boone.

Sendejo missed his sixth straight game and again was replaced in the starting lineup by Anthony Harris. Morgan missed his second straight game.

Gedeon, hurt in last Sunday’s 25-20 at Chicago, was replaced by Eric Wilson, although Wilson didn’t start since the Vikings opened in a nickel defense. Wilson had taken over for Barr in the previous three games.

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