Barr (hamstring) was seen practicing during OTAs on Tuesday, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Barr was not present for the start of the Vikings' OTAs last week, but his return in the second week is promising. It remains unclear exactly why Barr, who suffered a hamstring injury in the NFC Championship game, was absent from the first week of activities, as it could have been contract- or injury-related, but his return to the field is an encouraging sign for his 2018 status regardless.
Barr (hamstring) wasn't present for the start of OTAs, Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune reports.
Barr suffered a hamstring injury in the NFC Championship game back in January, though it seems highly likely he's back to full strength after a full offseason. The 26-year-old linebacker is currently playing in the final year of his rookie deal and is likely looking for a contract extension at some point in the future considering he's been to the Pro Bowl in three consecutive years. Coach Mike Zimmer wouldn't confirm if Barr's absence from OTAs was contract related, however, so it's simply a situation to montitor as minicamp and training camp approach.
Barr suffered a hamstring injury during the NFC championship game against the Eagles, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "It kind of lingered on [in game] and it just kind of gave out toward the end, it could of been a factor," Barr said Tuesday. "I just didn't play well. Whether I was injured or not, it doesn't really make a difference."
It now makes sense that Barr was scratched from last Sunday's Pro Bowl, his third time being selected to the event. He'll now focus on returning from the hamstring injury in hopes of not missing any team workouts during the offseason. In 16 regular-season games, Barr recorded a career-high 75 tackles (52 solo), six passes defensed and one sack.
Barr will not play in the Pro Bowl on Sunday due to an undisclosed injury, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Barr was named to the Pro Bowl in mid-December -- the third selection of his career -- but he's been replaced by Panthers veteran linebacker Thomas Davis. The severity and specifics of the injury remain unclear at this point.
Barr had 11 total tackles, a sack, 2.5 tackles for a loss and had a pass defensed in Sunday's win over Baltimore.
After a lackluster performance last season Barr has become a disruptive force at linebacker again as he's grading well in both pass rush and run defense. He's had just one missed tackle this season as well, according to Pro Football Focus.
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