Rookie running back Kene Nwangwu was slated to land an extensive job for the Minnesota Vikings in his first preseason game against him Denver Broncos. Unfortunately, he was out of the game early in the game with a knee problem, and now we know to what extent.
Chris Tomasson of St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Nwangwu suffered a hyperextended left knee on the kickoff of the game that knocked him out in the afternoon. The team is hopeful that he is ready for the first game of the regular season, as it appears he will miss the team’s remaining two preseason games.
Nwangwu was one of the Vikings’ fourth-round picks in last April’s draft after his college career in State of Iowa. While he didn’t get a lot of carries for the Cyclones, he has extensive returning experience, and he was expected to drive that work through at least this preseason.
Nwangwu’s injury opened the door for undrafted rookie free agent AJ Rose Jr., who ended up putting together the Vikings’ first 100-yard performance in a preseason game since Joe Banyard in 2014 (thanks to Tomasson for that too) .
Unfortunately, this means we won’t see one of the Vikings’ most exciting young rookies until Week 1 at the earliest. We hope your return schedule is correct and we can see you enter the field as soon as possible.