Cardinals LB Jordan Hicks (toe) is active for today's game against the Browns. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before returning for a limited Friday workout and appeared truly questionable. Don't be surprised if we see fewer snaps than usual, but Hicks is available if you got here planning to use him in IDP lineups. CBs Byron Murphy (ribs) and Marco Wilson (ribs) are also active after arriving questionable. The defense will be without EDGE Chandler Jones, who is on the COVID list.
Vikings LB Jordan Hicks required a hospital "procedure" after developing compartment syndrome Sunday. The situation stemmed from a right shin contusion during the win over the Saints. It's not yet clear how long the Vikings expect Hicks to be out, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that they're signing LB Anthony Barr. That suggests we should at least expect Hicks to miss multiple games. Minnesota has two more before its bye. We'll watch for whether the team places Hicks on IR. Rookie Ivan Pace Jr. has been running as the second non-edge LB throughout the season. A big early-season role dwindled, though, to the point where he played less than 31% of the snaps in four straight games before Sunday. Pace shot up to a season-high 84% with Hicks leaving early against New Orleans. He appears to be the logical next guy up, with Troy Dye, Brian Asamoah (if his injured ankle heals), and Nick Vigil also in the mix. We'll watch for more on the situation ahead of next Sunday's visit to Denver.
The Vikings have agreed to a contract restructure with LB Jordan Hicks that will keep the veteran around for 2023. That's noteworthy because it comes shortly after Minnesota released longtime LB Eric Kendricks. Hicks turns 31 in June and saw his playing time slip late last season. That included snap shares of less than 70% in each of the final four contests (before the Vikings yanked most starters in a meaningless finale). We'd bet on Hicks remaining a 2023 starter, but he's far from a lock for full playing time. Youngsters Troy Dye and Brian Asamoah should compete for time as well. And we'll see whether the team makes any significant LB additions via free agency or the NFL Draft.
Vikings LB Jordan Hicks left Sunday's loss to the Lions with a toe injury and did not return. He'll have a Monday MRI to determine the severity, HC Kevin O'Connell told reporters afterward. Brian Asamok checked in 3rd among Vikings non-edge LBs against the Lions but didn't pick up all the playing time that Hicks lost. We'll see about the replacement plan if Hicks misses further game action.
LB Jordan Hicks is expected to sign a 2-year, $10 million deal with the Vikings, according to multiple reports. NFL insider Adam Caplan reports that it has a max value of $12 million and carries $6.5 million in guaranteed money. The Cardinals released Hicks this offseason, but the money from Minnesota points to him landing a starting gig next to Eric Kendricks. Expect LB Anthony Barr -- also a free agent -- to land elsewhere.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Cardinals are releasing LB Jordan Hicks. The 30-year-old was reportedly on the trade block last summer after Arizona drafted LB Zaven Collins in Round 1, but Hicks remained and spent the whole season as a full-timer. He finished among the top 20 fantasy LBs. Hicks' departure should clear the way for Collins to step in next to Isaiah Simmons -- assuming Collins is ready. His wildly disappointing debut campaign figures to keep Collins' price from climbing too high in 2022 IDP drafts. We'll see whether Hicks lands anywhere.
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