LB - MIN
Week 4 Outlook
Minnesta Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday’s Week 2 contest against the Arizona Cardinals.
Barr was unable to practice this week and has been ruled out for Week 2 against Arizona. This will be the second straight game Barr has missed due to a knee injury. The Vikings' defense will also be without DE Everson Griffen (concussion) on Sunday. Minnesota’s defense allowed 27 points and surrendered 366 yards of total offense to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1. Barr’s absence only helps QB Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals’ offense. The Vikings D/ST is not a viable streaming option in Week 2.
Anthony Barr has been ruled out Sunday ahead of the Vikings opening game against the Bengals.
This will be the 15th straight game Barr has missed after being sidelined for almost the whole 2020 season. It remains unclear when he will be able to return this year.
Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (chest) was seen at practice on Monday for the first time since suffering a season-ending torn pectoral against the Indianapolis Colts on September 20, 2020.
The four-time Pro Bowl linebacker was seen on the practice field following a torn pectoral that ended his 2020 season during a Week 2 loss against the Colts. The Vikings were one of the worst defensive units without Barr in 2020, allowing the fourth-highest points per game (29.7) during a disappointing 7-9 season. Barr should help return the Vikings' linebacking corps to an elite level alongside fellow Pro-Bowl LB Eric Kendricks, with rookie LB Chazz Surratt drafted in the third round out of UNC to build depth. Expect head coach Mike Zimmer to field a much-improved defense in 2021, with Barr's return playing a significant role.
Per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the Vikings have restructured LB Anthony Barr’s contract.
The Vikings have created a little bit more cap space heading into free agency as they have restructured Barr’s contract which will reduce his previous $12.3M salary. This deal also makes Barr a free agent in 2022, as he previously had three years left on his deal. Barr, a four-time Pro Bowler who turns 29-years old spent the majority of 2020 on IR after a Week 2 pectoral tear.
Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr will miss the remainder of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.
Barr recently signed a big contract extension to remain a Viking for the foreseeable future. He is an extremely versatile player and this is a huge blow to a defense that appears to be struggling at the start of the season.