Despite having a rib ailment, tight end T.J. Hockenson of the Minnesota Vikings intends to play against the New Orleans Saints.
T.J. Hockenson, a tight end with the Minnesota Vikings, has been playing through pain due to an oblique and rib injury. Hockenson hasn’t missed a game since the injury.
Hockenson responded, “That’s the plan,” when asked if he would play this week against the New Orleans Saints, as reported by ESPN’s Kevin Seifert.
With Kirk Cousins sidelined for the season due to a ruptured achilles, Justin Jefferson recovering slowly from a hamstring issue, and K.J. Osborn suffering a terrifying concussion last week, the Vikings offense is beset by injuries.
The Vikings have won their last four games despite the injuries. Joshua Dobbs, the former quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, performed some late-game magic to help them survive their first game without Cousins. After less than a week in Minnesota, he successfully completed a last-minute Jaren Hall substitution, helping the team defeat the Atlanta Falcons 31–28.
At this point, the offense can concentrate on Jordan Addison, the rookie wide receiver, and Hockenson. Despite playing despite the injury, Hockenson led the team in receiving last week in the Falcons victory, with seven grabs for 69 yards. He has 60 receptions for 547 yards and three touchdowns this season. He is presently second in yards, only behind Travis Kelce, and leads all tight ends in targets and receptions.
Addison, apart from Hockenson, has improved his receiving game. In addition to winning NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month in October, he has this season totaled 41 receptions for 534 yards and seven touchdowns.