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NFL Rookie, Former All-American, Suffers Torn ACL At Practice

Four Minnesota Vikings helmets sitting on the field.

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - MAY 3: Helmets belonging to the Minnesota Vikings are seen during a rookie minicamp on May 3, 2012 at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

A former All-American suffered a devastating injury during OTA's on Wednesday afternoon. Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Hercules Mata'afa reportedly suffered a torn ACL at practice.

Mata'afa was a standout defensive lineman for Washington State. Though he was undersized at the position, Mata'afa went on to be named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year after starring in Alex Grinch's defense.

After a tremendous 2017 season, the defensive lineman entered the 2018 NFL draft where he went undrafted.

He was picked up by the Vikings as a undrafted free agent, and looked to become a part of Minnesota's devastating defensive line.

At 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, Mata'afa may have been small for a defensive lineman, but he was effective. Mata'afa racked up 22.5 tackles for loss to go along with 10.5 sacks during his junior campaign.

He was the staple of Alex Grinch's defensive attack, which relied on speed off the ball.

It's a devastating blow for the rookie.