Minnesota’s fears have been confirmed.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on Monday announced rookie cornerback Mike Hughes suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s 27-17 win over the Cardinals and will miss the rest of the season.
Hughes, who has started two of Minnesota’s six games this season, suffered the knee injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game and did not return.
“It’s going to be tough for us to deal with. He played a huge role for us in the nickel and on kick return, punt return, so it’s going to be tough to deal with,” Vikings safety Jayron Kearse said. “But we have to keep going good throughout the season and … keep him in our prayers and be there for him.
“We have to move on, though. It’s a part of the game, and we just have to keep trying to do good.”
Minnesota selected Hughes with the 30th overall pick of the 2018 draft.
The Vikings have a bye this week before visiting the Jets in Week 8.