The Vikings have gone through much of this offseason without their first-round pick, Christian Darrisaw.
Minnesota received another setback when Darrisaw underwent a minor core-muscle procedure on August 12.
The Star Tribune’s Andrew Krammer reported that, based on the rookie’s recovery timeline, he’s on track to practice before the regular season opener against the Bengals.
Does this mean he will necessarily play in the opener? No, as Krammer points out, the Vikings may ease Darrisaw back into things.
However, Minnesota took a tackle in the first round for a reason — the team saw left tackle Riley Reiff depart for Cincinnati this offseason. There’s a hole to be filled at that spot.
Maybe Rashod Hill is the one to fill it. He’s been taking a lot of first-team reps there during training camp. Hill was among the players who sat for the preseason opener against the Broncos, so signs point to him being the favorite to start in the absence of Darrisaw.