The Minnesota Vikings didn’t just fall to 0-2 last weekend, they lost Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr to a season-ending injury.
Barr tore his pectoral muscle in the second quarter of the Colts-Vikings game. This is obviously a huge blow to Mike Zimmer’s defense, as Barr is such an important player and leader in the clubhouse.
“A big, integral part of the defense,” Zimmer said when discussing Barr’s injury. “Good leader, great guy. It’s tearing him up inside that he’s not going to be able to play but it is what it is and we’ve got to move on.”
Help is on the way for Minnesota though. It’s tough to replace a talented player like Barr at this point in the season, but the front office is bringing in a solid veteran to fill the void at linebacker.
According to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero, the Vikings are signing Todd Davis to a one-year deal. He started the past four seasons for the Denver Broncos.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 24, 2020
Davis has been a tackling machine over the course of his career. In 2019, the Sacramento State product had 134 tackles for the Broncos.
It’s unlikely that Davis sees many snaps this weekend since he just signed with Minnesota. That means the pressure could be on rookie linebacker Troy Dye to fill in at strongside linebacker.
Minnesota will try to pick up its first win of the season when it hosts Tennessee this Sunday.