Vikings Rule Out Key Defender for Rest of 2022 Season

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Minnesota Vikings have ruled out a key defender for the rest of the 2022 season.
The Minnesota Vikings have ruled out a key defender for the rest of the 2022 season. / (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)

It's been a tough season for the Minnesota Vikings' top draft picks from a health perspective. After losing safety Lewis Cine to a devastating leg injury, it was revealed this week cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. would miss extended time after undergoing knee surgery.

Well, it turns out Booth's year is now officially over.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports Booth will miss the rest of the season after going under the knife. Head coach Kevin O'Connell said there was a small hope the rookie could return at some point in January, but it appears that possibility is now off of the table following the procedure.

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This is certainly a blow to Minnesota's defense. Booth was slowed down by a quad injury to start the season, preventing him from carving out a role on defense. He finally started to get some run in the secondary over the past two weeks, though, even logging a start in Week 11 and playing in 98% of the snaps that game.

However, Booth then popped up on the Week 12 injury report with a knee injury that sidelined him for that contest, and will now keep him out indefinitely. The Clemson product finishes his rookie year with just 12 tackles to his name.

This shorthanded Vikings secondary could get a huge reinforcement in the coming days as veteran Cameron Dantzler eyes a return from the injured reserve list.

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