Nothing went right for the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11. Not only did they suffer a blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but stud left tackle Christian Darrisaw also left the contest with a concussion, his second in as many weeks.
The Vikings provided some unfortunate news on the offensive lineman after the game.
Head coach Kevin O'Connell told reporters following Minnesota's loss that Darrisaw won't be suiting up for the team's Thanksgiving game in Week 12. Given his recent string of head injuries, the coaching staff is being "extra cautious" with the left tackle.
This is obviously the right call, despite how much Darrisaw's absence will hurt. The Vikings need to focus on the 23-year-old's long-term health, especially with something as severe as a head injury in the equation. Ruling him out ahead of time allows Darrisaw to focus on getting back to 100% without the pressure of a tight Thursday turnaround.
Darrisaw has been even better in 2022 after a promising rookie season, proving his value as a potential franchise cornerstone for years to come. He's earned an elite 89.8 overall grade from ProFootballFocus over the first 10 games, allowing an impressive zero sacks and committing just one penalty across 578 snaps.
Minnesota will now have to bounce back on a short week without a key piece of its offensive line. The Vikings are 3-point favorites ahead of their Thanksgiving matchup against the New England Patriots, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.
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