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Vikings Avoid Major Tyler Conklin Injury Scare

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Minnesota Vikings avoided a major injury scare to fourth-year tight end Tyler Conklin.
The Minnesota Vikings avoided a major injury scare to fourth-year tight end Tyler Conklin. / Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

There's a certain degree of pressure surrounding the Minnesota Vikings' training camp this summer. Minnesota is desperate to improve upon a disappointing 7-9 campaign last year while the clock may be ticking for quarterback Kirk Cousins.

All in all, training camp should be an exciting time for NFL teams. But, the summer schedule always comes with a case of injury scares. For Tyler Conklin, the fourth-year tight end avoided a major injury scare during Monday's camp.

Tyler Conklin Injury Update

Conklin exited Monday's practice with an athletic trainer due to this apparent injury. Initially, the reports were grim as the 26-year-old TE left the practice field on a cart. But it looks like Minnesota avoided a major scare.

According to Vikings beat writer Ben Goessling, Conklin's injury has been classified as a mild hamstring issue. There's no clear timetable on the extent of Conklin's injury. But, this is a sigh of relief after the young pass-catcher left the field on a cart instead of walking off on his own power.

Over the past three years, Conklin has slowly carved out a role for himself on Minnesota's offense. He recorded career-high marks last season in 16 games, including 19 catches on 26 targets for 194 yards and 11 first downs. He also played a career-high 41% of the team's offensive snaps in 2020.

Conklin certainly isn't the No. 1 tight end option on Minnesota's offense, but he certainly plays a meaningful role, and he has also played over one third of the Vikings' special teams snaps in three straight seasons.

Currently, the Vikings own -106 odds to make the NFL Playoffs in 2021, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Minnesota is projected as a fringe team with their -116 odds to miss the postseason and they'll need to be as healthy as possible for a return to playoff football.

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