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June 17, 2021 10:24 AM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Ready for camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

June 15, 2021 12:08 AM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Gets reworked deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 27, 2021 02:32 PM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Absent from this week's practices
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hunter (neck) hasn't been in attendance for OTAs this week, the Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "I've spoken to [Hunter] a few times this offseason,'' teammate Anthony Barr said. "He's going about things the way he thinks he needs to and I support him 100 percent. He's a friend and obviously an incredible player, and we'd love to have him whenever he does decide it's time to show up and get back to work."

Hunter's status for the 2021 season remains a mystery. He missed last season with herniated disc that ultimately required surgery in October. In March, NFL Network reported that Hunter wanted to be the highest-paid defender in the league or be traded. Hunter has three years left on a deal that averages $14.4 million per year. The Vikings have given out little information on Hunter's injury or recovery, and it's not clear if his current absence is related to his contract situation, given that general manager Rick Spielman said in March he hadn't heard demands from Hunter for a new deal. Meanwhile, Hunter's return may be the most important factor for the team, considering its struggles to generate a consistent pass rush last season. Perhaps Hunter's status will become more clear when the team has additional OTAs and a mandatory minicamp in June.

October 28, 2020 04:44 PM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Surgery deemed success
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Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Wednesday that Hunter (neck) underwent successful surgery to repair a herniated disc, Courtney Cronin of reports.

Zimmer noted that while Hunter won't be back this season, "he should be back and playing football again," according to Cronin. Coming off back-to-back 14.5-sack seasons, Hunter ultimately wasn't able to play in 2020 after the neck injury cropped up shortly before the season and proved to be more serious than the Vikings initially believed. He'll hope to make enough progress in his rehab over the next few months to gain full clearance for OTAs or training camp in 2021.

October 22, 2020 12:20 PM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Bound for season-ending surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hunter (neck) will undergo season-ending surgery this week to clean up a herniated disc, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The news of Hunter's procedure comes just hours after the Vikings dealt their other stalwart defensive end, Yannick Ngakoue, to the Ravens. Ngakoue and Hunter were never able to form the fearsome pass-rushing duo the Vikings envisioned, as Hunter was moved to injured reserve shortly before the start of the season due to the neck injury. With the Vikings sitting at 1-5 and Hunter having failed to make much progress in his recovery thus far, the 25-year-old will go under the knife in hopes of finding a more permanent fix for his injury. With Ngakoue now in Baltimore and the two-time Pro Bowler done for the season, an already suspect Vikings pass defense now becomes even weaker.

October 15, 2020 05:52 PM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Still not practicing
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Hunter (neck) is not present at Thursday's practice, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The Vikings still haven't designated Hunter for a return from IR, so at this point it looks like the star defensive end won't play until after the team's Week 7 bye. A lingering neck injury has prevented Hunter from yet taking the field this season.

October 2, 2020 03:00 PM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Getting second opinion on neck
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hunter (neck) is in New York to get a second opinion on his cervical spine disc herniation, Courtney Cronin of reports.

Hunter remains on IR, but the Vikings continue to hold out hope that his injury isn't season-ending. That said, he definitely won't be suiting up against the Texans in Week 4.

September 27, 2020 09:00 AM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Unlikely for Week 4
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hunter is regaining strength as he recovers from what's believed to be a herniated disc, but the defensive end isn't expected to be activated from injured reserve when first eligible to return for the Vikings' Week 4 matchup with the Texans, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Minnesota isn't viewing the neck issue as a potential season-ending injury for Hunter, but the team likely won't have a clear idea of when he might be ready to play again until he's cleared to practice in some capacity. The Vikings have sorely missed the 25-year-old's presence on the edge, as Minnesota has recorded only two sacks through two games, tied for the third-lowest mark in the league. The lack of a consistent pass rush has left an inexperienced secondary vulnerable, with opposing passers completing 73.9 percent of attempts for 283.5 yards per contest.

September 11, 2020 11:28 PM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: GM hopes for quick return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hunter (neck) worked on a side field with strength coach Mark Uyeyama during the open portion of Thursday's practice, the Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. General Manager Rick Spielman told Sirius XM Radio he's hopeful Hunter will return from injured reserve in three weeks.

Hunter can return from IR on Sept. 28, but his injury status remains uncertain. The Vikings have not given details about his injury, as ESPN reported it was a neck injury. It's a good sign he's able to do some work, but it remains unclear if Hunter's injury is a short-term or more serious issue.

September 10, 2020 02:12 AM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Headed to IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Vikings placed Hunter on injured reserve Wednesday. He's dealing with a neck injury, ESPN reports.

Given the new IR rules in place this season, Hunter could rejoin his team as early as Week 4. Still, his absence for the first three games of 2020 is a major blow for the Vikings defense. Hunter has tallied 14.5 sacks in both of the past two seasons.

September 9, 2020 05:32 PM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Looking iffy for Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hunter's (undisclosed) status for Sunday's season opener against the Packers is "in doubt," Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Hunter has been held out of practices and scrimmages for nearly three weeks due to an unknown injury. The potential exists for Hunter to practice Wednesday, but it would be in no more than a limited fashion. The Vikings recently brought in Yannick Ngakoue to provide another pass rusher to the defense, but the team may have to wait to deploy the duo until Week 2 or later.

September 9, 2020 02:16 AM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Expected to return to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hunter (undisclosed) is expected to return to practice this week ahead of a Week 1 matchup against Green Bay, head coach Mike Zimmer told Courtney Cronin of

Hunter missed 12 consecutive practices with what head coach Mike Zimmer has called "a little tweak" before returning in a limited capacity (he was just seen stretching) last week. While the Vikings may just be taking a cautious approach with his return, his status for the start of the season remains uncertain.

September 4, 2020 10:24 PM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Held out of practice
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Hunter (undisclosed) did not practice Thursday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Coach Mike Zimmer said that the team is taking a "cautious" approach to Hunter's recovery from an undisclosed injury. The star defensive end doesn't yet appear in any danger of missing Sept. 13's season opener against the Packers, but his practice status will be worth monitoring.

September 1, 2020 09:08 PM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Does stretching at practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hunter (undisclosed) participated in stretching drills at practice Monday, but he was held out of individual drills, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Hunter had missed the last 12 practices with what head coach Mike Zimmer has called "a little tweak" without getting into any specifics. It's a good sign that Hunter is finally making progress, but his status for Week 1 remains uncertain.

August 29, 2020 09:36 AM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Sits out scrimmage
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hunter (undisclosed) did not participate in Friday's dress rehearsal scrimmage at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

While head coach Mike Zimmer has said that Hunter is improving, the media has not seen him participating in a practice since early in camp. With two weeks before the team's first game, Hunter's availability for the start of the regular season remains uncertain.

August 23, 2020 03:08 PM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Making progress in recovery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Mike Zimmer said Hunter (undisclosed) is "getting a little better every day," Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

It's still unclear what exactly Hunter is dealing with, and Zimmer added trainer Eric Sugarman will have the final say in when Hunter returns to the field. With three weeks until the Vikings play the Packers in the season opener, Hunter still has plenty of time to get right and avoid missing his first games since 2015. The 25-year-old defensive end recorded 70 tackles and 14.5 sacks over 16 games last season.

August 20, 2020 05:08 PM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Missing practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hunter (undisclosed) remains out of practice, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Per Tomasson, coach Mike Zimmer has called the injury that has kept the Vikings' star pass rusher out of five straight practices, a "little tweak." For now, we'll consider Hunter day-to-day.

January 15, 2020 10:40 AM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Another explosive campaign
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hunter, who recorded 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks over two playoff games, finished the 2019 season with 70 tackles, 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles over 16 regular-season games.

Hunter tied for fourth in the league in 2019 as he generated exactly 14.5 sacks for a second straight season, and his postseason performance was an added bonus. That was enough to get him named to a second straight Pro Bowl. The 25-year-old plays an every-down role as well, as he averaged 56.1 defensive snaps per contest, and he'll continue to do so in 2020 on the second season of his five-year, $72 million contract.

December 24, 2019 04:24 PM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Ties career sack mark
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hunter recorded five tackles (three solo) and a sack in Monday's 23-10 loss to Green Bay.

Hunter has virtually equaled his career-high numbers from last season in one fewer game. He needs just three tackles and half a sack against the Bears in Week 17 to set new marks in each category.

December 17, 2019 07:28 PM
Vikings' Danielle Hunter: Logs sack, forces two fumbles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hunter recorded five tackles (four solo), a sack, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in Sunday's win over the Chargers.

Hunter has been an absolute force over the last three weeks, notching five sacks. He needs just 1.5 sacks over the final two regular-season games to set a new career high.

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