MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - Marcus Davenport signed with the Minnesota Vikings in free agency to pair with Danielle Hunter for as an edge rushing duo, essentially replacing Za’Darius Smith.
It’s been a tough start for Davenport with injuries, and he could be sidelined for at least the next four games. According to multiple reports Monday, Davenport suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday’s 19-13 win at the Chicago Bears. Davenport played 17 defensive snaps Sunday before injuring his left ankle, and did not return.
He missed the first two games of the season with a right ankle injury, and played just four snaps in the first three games of the season. He played a combined 97 snaps against the Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs, recording a sack in each game.
Davenport is expected to be out four to six weeks, which would make him a candidate to join Justin Jefferson on injured reserve. If the Vikings make that move Tuesday, the edge rusher will miss at least a month.
"It is definitely something that we’re going to have to really take a look at from a medical standpoint," Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said Monday.
Those are not words that suggest Davenport will return any time soon.