Vikings rookie defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo has landed on the injury list after a "freak accident" happened at the hotel where Vikings players stay during spring drills.
Per the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Odenigbo suffered a severe cut when a gate at the swimming pool caught the back of his right heel. It happened at an Eden Prairie hotel.
“The gate closed on me, and it had some chipped metal and it went right into my heel, so that was my Achilles’ heel,’’ Odenigbo, a seventh-round pick from Northwestern, told the Pioneer Press. “It was a freak accident. When I was going (through the gate), it just nicked my heel and blood was gushing everywhere. It was a big, deep cut.
“There was too much skin ripped off for me to have stitches. It was pretty gross. … It was like a fishing rod went into my skin and you yanked the skin out.’’
Odenigbo said the injury occurred in the second week of June during the final session of organized team activities. Amazingly, he didn’t miss any practice time that week or during a June 13-15 minicamp, but he was certainly hampered.
“I didn’t (miss any time) because I’m out there trying to compete for a job,’’ Odenigbo said. “It was actually a big hindrance to my training. I couldn’t wear cleats. This is the first week where I’m wearing shoes. I was working out without any shoes on every day. I had socks on.’’
Odenigbo said this week, with rookies able to practice starting Monday, it “still hurts to put pressure’’ on his foot.
Per the Pioneer Press, Odenigbo is still having discussions with hotel officials about the incident, but is more concerned now about not letting anything distract him from football. He said the loose metal on the gate has been “covered up pretty well’’ since the incident.
It's not the first time a Vikings player has injured himself with gates, or doors, in a freak manner.
Last year, it was quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who tried to pry open a door when locked out shortly before reporting to camp. He suffered a cut tendon and didn’t return to practice until Oct. 19.