Skip to main content

Report: Danielle Hunter could miss rest of 2020 with neck injury

The Vikings star went to New York for a second opinion on Thursday.
Danielle Hunter

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter will get a second opinion on his neck injury this week and a report suggests he could miss the remainder of the season as he remains on the team's injured reserve list.

During his Friday press conference, head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed that Hunter had flown to New York to get the opinion despite being eligible to return this week.

ESPN's Courtney Cronin reported that Hunter is dealing with a cervical spine disc herniation which has kept him out through training camp and the first three weeks of the season.

Although the team initially described the injury as a tweak, it's turned out to be much more serious. Per Cronin, the Vikings initially expected Hunter to be out 6-8 weeks due to the injury despite their public statements.

The Pioneer Press' Chris Tomasson had a more grim diagnosis saying that it was suggested that Hunter sit out the rest of the 2020 season due to the injury.

On Friday, Zimmer continued to remain coy with the injury, replying "I don't know," when asked if Hunter was dealing with a neck issue. 

What we do know is that the Vikings miss Hunter's presence along the defensive line. The Vikings rank 28th in the league with four sacks in their first three games but have also struggled to generate pressure against opposing quarterbacks. As a result, the Vikings have allowed a franchise-record 102 points in the first three games.

The Vikings will look to avoid their first 0-4 start since 2011 when they travel to Houston on Sunday.

Next Up

Thomas Lane

Ex-cop Thomas Lane pleads guilty to manslaughter in George Floyd killing

The former Minneapolis police officer appeared in court on Wednesday morning.

14 W Main St, Anoka, MN 55303, United States - September 2021

2 dead after driver flees cop in Coon Rapids, crashes in Anoka

The double-fatal crash happened on Main Street near Ferry Street in Anoka.

Adam Hunter Pattishall.

Fleeing suspect charged in crash that left husband dead, wife critical

Daniel Joseph Fisher, 57, died from multiple blunt force injuries in a crash Sunday. His wife, Cathleen, is in critical condition as of Tuesday.

storm, severe weather

Threat of severe weather returns to Minnesota for 2 days

Isolated severe storms Wednesday, followed by scattered severe storms Thursday.


1 dead, 2 injured in crash at intersection in Ramsey

The crash happened at the intersection of Bunker Lake Blvd. and Sunfish Lake Blvd.

Tettegouche State Park bridge

Trails reopen as waters subside, but bridges damaged at Tettegouche State Park

Water levels on the river have dropped about six to eight feet since Friday.

Keith Harvell

Body pulled from Mississippi River ID'd as missing Elk River man

Keith Harvell had been missing since early last month.

900 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - July 2021

2 victims identified in double-fatal north Minneapolis shooting

A 21-year-old man and a 51-year-old man were identified as the people who died at the scene this past weekend.

Proctor football

Former Proctor HS football player pleads guilty to sexual assault of teammate

The case will also remain in juvenile court, with conditions.

Doug Wardlow

Doug Wardlow reneges on promise, will challenge GOP's AG candidate in primary

Wardlow's announcement sparked swift criticism from the MN GOP and the party-endorsed candidate, Jim Schultz.

Flickr - welcome to minnesota sign - Tony Webster

US News '150 Best Places to Live' features 1 from MN, 3 from WI

The latest US News list is for the most populous metro areas only, so no small towns.


Danielle Hunter

How much could Danielle Hunter make on his next contract?

After a slew of big contracts, the Vikings' decision to lock up Hunter looks like a steal.

Danielle Hunter

Report: Danielle Hunter won't return vs. Texans

The Vikings' star lineman is dealing with a herniated disc in his neck.

Danielle Hunter

Report: Vikings planning to keep Danielle Hunter

The Vikings star is due an $18 million roster bonus on Sunday.

Danielle Hunter

Report: 'Multiple teams' calling Vikings about Danielle Hunter

The Vikings have a decision to make with the star pass-rusher.

Zimmer and Hunter

Zimmer explains why he called Hunter's neck injury a 'tweak'

The coach also said Dalvin Cook should return from injury this week.

Danielle Hunter

Report: Vikings trying to trade Danielle Hunter

Hunter is owed an $18 million roster bonus on Sunday.

Danielle Hunter

Vikings-Lions: 5 things you can count on happening

Can the Vikings get a win over the depleted Lions?