Vikings Lose Cornerback in First Half

The Minnesota Vikings find themselves in the middle of a surprisingly closely contested matchup with the Washington Commanders, and they'll have to find a way to get by without one of their crucial cogs on defense. Cornerback Cameron Dantzler exited in the first half with an ankle injury and will not return. Dantzler's absence was felt quickly. The Commanders took a 10-7 lead on their first drive of the second half following a spectacular catch in traffic by wide receiver Curtis Samuel.

Dantzler is a key contributor to the Vikings defense, earning starts in each of the team's eight games and ranking third on the team in total tackles. He sports a 68.4 overall grade from Pro Football Focus across his first seven appearances this season.

Dantzler initially joined the Vikings as their 89th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He started 17 games across 24 appearances over his first two seasons with the team, tallying three interceptions and 12 pass breakups.
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