VIKINGS REPORT: Lewis Cine wants to ‘dominate rehab’, be back in the field in 2023 – InForum

EAGAN, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings rookie Lewis Cine, who suffered a serious leg injury last month, has set his sights on being back on the field next season.

Lewis Cine

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Cine suffered a broken left leg on October 2 against New Orleans in London and remained there for surgery two days later. He returned to the Twin Cities on Oct. 8 and on Friday was strolling through the Vikings locker room at the TCO Performance Center.

“God willing, it’s the goal not to miss any moment back, but it’s a daily process with rehab, make sure I dominate in rehab, so I can come back,” Cine said. about his return in 2023.

Cine, taken with the No. 30 first-round pick last April in Georgia, was in high spirits. He said he received a lot of support from his teammates and coaches.

“I’m happy to be able to walk,” he said. “It’s all positive advice from everyone, positivity, love, emotion and everything. …I’m feeling great. Working to come back healthy, strong.

Cine was injured while covering a play on a punt. He was taken by ambulance to a London hospital, but said it didn’t take long for him to make up his mind to return healthy.

“I made peace with that kind of the same day,” Cine said. “I was like, ‘Okay, what’s next?’ After the surgery I thought I had to dominate the rehab and that’s the only focus and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.

Tomlinson will not play on Sunday

The Vikings will be without one of their best defensive players on Sunday in Washington.

Dalvin Tomlinson

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Minnesota on Friday ruled out defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson, who injured his right calf in the third quarter of last Sunday’s 34-26 win over Arizona. He hasn’t practiced all week.

The Vikings have listed questionable cornerback Cameron Dantzler (neck) and wide receiver Jalen Nailor (illness).

Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said Tomlinson is “doing a great job with his rehabilitation”, but the Vikings want to make sure he is at his “full capacity” when he returns.

This will be the first game of his six-year career that Tomlinson has missed due to injury. He missed a game last season while on the COVID-19 reserve list but has otherwise played in all 87 possible regular-season games entering Sunday.

O’Connell said Khyiris Tonga would see his playing time increase with Tomlinson out, but was not yet sure if he would start.

“Last week Tonga did some good things in the game, played hard,” O’Connell said. “His playing strength showed. … So he will be part of the rotation.

Other players who could get more shots with Tomlinson are Jonathan Bullard, who has started three games this season at the other defensive end, James Lynch and Ross Blacklock.

“Dalvin is definitely a key player on our D line so it’s definitely going to take us all together to get things done,” Tonga said.

Tonga, signed Oct. 4 with Atlanta’s practice squad, made his Vikings debut against the Cardinals after being inactive in his first two games. He participated in 16 scrimmage games.

“I was so happy to be there,” he said. “It was fun to go out there and do some games.”

Also on Friday, O’Connell said tight end Irv Smith Jr., who was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday after sustaining a sprained ankle against the Cardinals, “more than likely” won’t have surgery. . O’Connell speculated that Smith might be out for “that four to almost eight week period,” but said the schedule was unofficial. He must sit out at least four games due to his injured reserve.

Commanders said on Sunday wide receiver Jahan Dotson (hamstring), linebackers Cole Holcomb (foot) and David Mayo (hamstring) and running back JD McKissic (neck) and as questionable defensive end Shaka Toney ( calf).


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