The Minnesota Vikings placed starting linebacker Jordan Hicks on injured reserve. He exited the game during the Saints’ opening drive but returned after halftime but couldn’t finish the game. Hicks developed compartment syndrome after bruising his shin.
The team decided to take him to a local hospital, where he underwent a procedure. Hicks will be out for at least four weeks.
The Minnesota Vikings star defender started his career with Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Jordan Hicks in the 3rd round, 84th overall in the 2015 draft. He entered his rookie season as the backup to Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans. Injuries to Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso allowed Hicks to start in five games. He has 50 tackles, one for loss, one sack, two interceptions, three pass deflections, and one forced fumble. Hicks exited Week 8 with a torn pectoral, and Philadelphia placed him on season-ending injured reserve.
Hicks won the starting middle linebacker job in his second season. He recorded 85 tackles, six for loss, one sack, five interceptions, and 11 pass deflections.
Hicks started the first seven games of his third season. He had 28 tackles. He suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 7. Philadelphia won the Super Bowl against New England that year.
Hicks fully recovered from his Achilles injury from the previous year. Hicks appeared in 12 games, recording 91 tackles, five for loss, three sacks, and five pass deflections. Hicks suffered a sprained calf in Week 11 and missed the next four games.
Hicks signed with Arizona during the 2019 offseason.
Hicks signed a 4-year, $36 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals during the 2019 offseason. He had 150 tackles, 11 for loss, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions, six pass deflections, and two forced fumbles.
He had 118 tackles, 11 for loss, one interception, and four pass deflections during the 2020 season.
He recorded 116 tackles, seven for loss, four sacks, five pass deflections, and one forced fumble. Arizona released him on March 9, 2022.
Hicks found a new team in 2022.
Hicks signed a 2-year, $10 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings during the 2022 offseason. He had 129 tackles, two for loss, three sacks, one interception, ten pass deflections, and one forced fumble in his first season with Minnesota.
Hicks has 87 tackles, four for loss, one sack, one interception, four pass deflections, and one forced fumble so far.
The Vikings will have to rely on undrafted rookie Ivan Pace Jr. and 2020 fourth-round pick Troy Dye.
Losing Jordan Hicks to injured reserve is a big loss for the Vikings defense. Hopefully, he will make a speedy recovery. The Vikings need him.
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