Minnesota Vikings Left Tackle to Miss Week 14

The Minnesota Vikings will be without their young superstar at left tackle for at least another week. Offensive lineman Christian Darrisaw is expected to miss today's NFC North showdown with the Detroit Lions.

Darrisaw has missed the last two games with a concussion suffered in the Vikings' 40-3 Week 11 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. It was his second concussion in as many weeks; he also exited early in a 33-30 Week 10 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills.

Darrisaw's absence will likely be enough to keep the Vikings offense from peak performance. The second-year tackle has earned an elite 90.0 overall grade from Pro Football Focus for his play this year, and his early exit against the Cowboys coincided with season lows in points scored and yards gained. Still, the Vikings should still have enough firepower to get by the Lions; Detroit ranks dead last in points allowed and yards allowed.

Darrisaw joined the Vikings as their 23rd overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. After a solid rookie year, he has leveled up into one of the league's premier pass blockers over his 10 appearances this season. So long as he can stay on the field, he'll likely emerge as a perennial Pro Bowler in the near future.

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