The Vikings declined Hughes' team option for 2022 on Monday, Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune reports. Hughes has had his career derailed by injuries since the Vikings grabbed him in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, having missed 24 games over the last three seasons. The offseason addition of Patrick Peterson means Hughes isn't guaranteed a consistent role in the secondary during the 2021 campaign, which will now represent a contract year.
Hughes (neck) was placed on IR on Friday, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports. Hughes' neck injury isn't believed to be season-ending, but it will force him to sit out for at least three weeks. The earliest that the 2018 first-round pick could be back on the field will be Week 11 against the Cowboys.
Hughes (neck) will miss Sunday's game against the Packers, but his injury doesn't appear to be season-ending, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The Vikings seem to be considering placing Hughes on IR as he works to recover from his lingering neck injury, but it's at least a piece of good news that he's expected to resume playing in 2020. With Holton Hill (foot) looking on track to miss a third straight game, Minnesota's secondary could rely heavily on rookies Jeff Gladney and Harrison Hand to step up against the Packers.
Hughes (neck) didn't practice Wednesday, and the Vikings are considering moving him to injured reserve, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports. The team is apparently weighing whether to shut down the 23-year-old for the season, so a return in the immediate future appears unlikely. Hughes has been dealing with the neck issue for more than a month and has appeared in only four games this season.
Hughes (neck) was a full practice participant Wednesday. Barring a setback, the 2018 first-round pick looks ready to return to the lineup Sunday against the Seahawks. He's expected to resume starting duties, and he'll have his hands full against Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. Through the first two games this season, Hughes allowed a 155.6 passer rating when targeted.
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