Vikings lose T.J. Hockenson to torn ACL and MCL

Vikings lose T.J. Hockenson to torn ACL and MCL

Minnesota (7-8 straight up, 7-5-3 against the spread) won’t have star tight end T.J. Hockenson for the rest of the season after he sustained a torn ACL and MCL in Sunday’s 30-24 home loss to Detroit. This is a crushing blow to the Vikings, who probably won’t have Hockenson for a decent chunk of next year, too.

Minnesota head coach Kevin O’Connell announced multiple injuries for his team on Tuesday. In addition to Hockenson going down, OLB D.J. Wonnum suffered a torn quad.

“I can confirm with D.J. Wonnum that he did sustain a tear to his quad. He will be going on injured reserve, and he will have that hopefully repaired sometime this week,” O’Connell said. “T.J. Hockenson did sustain an MCL and ACL injury. He will go on IR, as well. Crushed for both of those guys. Two of our most impactful players. Leaders on our team. Kind of set the standard of what we want as Minnesota Vikings in every aspect of who they are as men and teammates and players on the grass. Two guys that will be difficult to overcome their loss, but we’re gonna have to have guys step up, and hopefully still have those guys involved and around our team, because they are, like I said, leaders, and very, very important to our locker room.”

Hockenson has enjoyed a stellar campaign, producing 95 catches for 960 yards and five touchdowns. Among tight ends, he’s second in the NFL in receptions and third in receiving yards.

The 26-year-old Wonnum has enjoyed a career year, recording 62 tackles, 15 QB hits, eight sacks, seven tackles for loss, six passes broken up and one fumble recovery that he returned for a 51-yard touchdown.

Minnesota is in the No. 8 spot in the NFC going into Week 17. The Vikings will host Green Bay on New Year’s Eve before playing at Detroit in their regular-season finale.

As of Tuesday afternoon, most books had Minnesota installed as a two-point home favorite vs. the Packers. The total was 46.5 points at most shops.