Vikings QB severed a tendon trying to break into his own house


This wasn't the way Vikings quarterback Taylor Heinicke was supposed to start his training camp.

Heinicke rolled into Vikings training camp at Minnesota State University - Mankato Thursday with his left leg in a cast.


The injury supposedly happened about 2 1/2 weeks ago at his home near Atlanta. According to the Pioneer Press, Heinicke suffered a cut above his left ankle that required surgery while he was attempting to break into his own house.

"I was locked out of my house after a late-night move," Heinicke told the newspaper. "I came back and there's no one home, and I'm trying to nudge the door a little. It was one of those double doors. I thought it just needed a little nudge. Me and my buddy were getting it going a little, but when I put my foot to the door, my foot kind of slipped and it went through the window."

He is hoping to be ready to go by the Vikings regular-season opener in Tennessee on Sept. 11.


Heinicke acknowledged that the injury is more than a little embarrassing for him, but it's also a major setback.

He came into camp as the Vikings No. 3 quarterback – and while he wasn't going to challenge Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job, The Viking Age says Heinicke could have challenged Shaun Hill for the No. 2 spot.

The injury might also explain why the Vikings are thought to be a possible landing spot for free agent quarterback Nick Foles, who was released by the Rams.

The Vikings will release they physically unable to perform list on Friday.

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