EXCLUSIVE: Vikings LT Christian Darrisaw To Miss Game vs. Lions
As the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings prepare for an important divisional game this Sunday, the away team will be missing a key part of their offense.
According to reports from Ben Goessling and Jordan Schultz, Vikings left tackle Christian Darrisaw will not play this week.
Darrisaw is coming off his second concussion of the season, and although he fully cleared protocol on Friday.
Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell said that Minnesota was still going to do what they thought was best for the offensive lineman.
The 2021 first-round pick has been playing like one of the best tackles in football. Per PFF, Darrisaw is the second-highest graded tackles in the NFL
His replacement—2020 sixth-round pick Blake Brandel—has only made two career starts (the last two weeks), and he has given up six sacks.
The timing for this is favorable to the Lions, as their pass rush is just starting to come into its own.
In the last matchup, the Lions sacked Kirk Cousins just once, but tallied seven quarterback hits. It could be a more more disruptive day for the Lions’ defensive front this week.