Hughes (torn ACL) underwent surgery Tuesday, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
The promising rookie's season was cut short a few weeks back after suffering a torn ACL against the Cardinals. It seems as though the surgery was successful and Hughes will assume some rest before beginning his rehab process. The hope and expectation remains that the Vikings' 2018 first-round draft pick will be ready in time for the start of next season.
The roster move was inevitable after Hughes was confirmed to have suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Sunday's win against the Cardinals. Thus, the 2018 first-round pick ends his rookie campaign with 22 tackles (19 solo), one pick-six and one forced fumble in six games. With Hughes out for the season, Trae Waynes will hold down the starting spot opposite Xavier Rhodes while Mackensie Alexander mans the slot.
Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Monday that Hughes' MRI revealed a torn ACL, ending the rookie cornerback's season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Hughes, the Vikings' first-round pick, suffered the left knee injury in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. His first NFL campaign will come to an end after just six weeks, during which the cornerback tallied 22 tackles, three pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble. Hughes' absence should open up more reps for Mackensie Alexander in the Vikings' nickel package. Expect the Vikings to move Hughes to injured reserve later this week.
Hughes is expected to start in place of Trae Waynes (concussion) Sunday against the Eagles, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
The rookie first-round pick has already seen a good chunk of playing time with an average of 43 defensive snaps per game with 16 tackles (13 solo), three pass breakups and one pick-six to show for it. With a full workload on tap, Hughes could be a decent IDP play.
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