ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that Vikings lineman Nick Easton had surgery this morning to repair a herniated disc in his neck. According to Schefter, Easton’s agent believes his season is over.
Vikings’ G Nick Easton underwent surgery this morning to correct a herniated disc in his neck and his season is likely over, per his agent Joe Linta. But it is not expected to be a career-ending injury.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 9, 2018
Easton sought a second opinion on his neck earlier this week, though he obviously received bad news in doing so. He had medical tests performed Tuesday after experiencing discomfort last week in practice. Many surmised that “second opinion” was code for Easton discovering he may have to miss 2018.
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Easton’s absence would once again throw the Vikings’ line into a state of distress. He was expected to handle left guard duties this year, but it would seem veteran Tom Compton or second-year Danny Isidora will take over. On top of Easton’s injury, the Vikings are also dealing with injuries to starters Pat Elflein and Mike Remmers, though both seem relatively close to returning.
With Easton’s injury, the question of Richie Incognito will likely reappear. Mike Zimmer stated the team has not expressed interest in him (resulting in a Twitter rant from Incognito). However, Zimmer has also stated concern over the line’s lack of depth. Easton’s injury will only magnify it. As the highest profile free agent guard, Incognito could reemerge on the Vikings’ radar.