Hunter had three sacks and seven total tackles in Sunday's loss at Arizona. Hunter has four sacks in two games as he looks back to his 2019 form after missing last season due to neck surgery.
Hunter (neck) has been at full strength this preseason and is set to start at left defensive end Week 1 at Cincinnati, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "He's stronger, to my knowledge. He looks a little bigger," Vikings left tackle Rashod Hill said. "He's got some moves that I've never seen on the left before." Hunter missed last season after surgery to repair a cervical herniated disc. He fully participated in training camp, and there were not reports of any issues. He amassed more than 70 tackles and 14.5 sacks in each of 2018 and 2019, giving him the upside to finish as the top defensive line IDP if he's back to his prior form.
Hunter (neck) took first-team reps at right and left defensive end in Wednesday's first practice of training camp and didn't appear to be limited, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Hunter missed the 2020 season due to a herniated disc that required surgery in October. He didn't participate in spring workouts, but looks back to full speed for training camp. Hunter's return to full health could have a huge impact on the defense as his ability to rush the quarterback (29 sacks across 2018 and 2019) was sorely missed.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday that Hunter (neck) looked "fantastic" after reporting to minicamp and should be ready for training camp, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. The 26-year-old quickly joined the team after agreeing to a reworked deal with the Vikings at the start of the week, and he's apparently healthy again after missing the 2020 season due to a herniated disc that required surgery in October. While he didn't participate in minicamp workouts, Hunter's presence in the building along with Zimmer's acknowledgement that the defensive end was "obviously healthy" following a physical suggests that Hunter won't face any restrictions for training camp. Hunter posted 29 sacks across 2018 and 2019, so he should provide a big boost to Minnesota's pass rush if he can stay healthy.
Hunter (neck) agreed to a reworked contract with the Vikings on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. This deal allows Hunter to receive more money on the front end of the contract, and Minnesota expects the defensive end to report to camp following the reworked contract. He hasn't taken the field since 2019 after a herniated disc caused him to miss the entire 2020 campaign.
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