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Steve Hutchinson Placed On IR

The Minnesota Vikings announced that left guard Steve Hutchinson has been placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Hutchinson sustained a concussion two weeks ago that kept him out of this past Sunday’s 33-26 win over the Washington Redskins. This is the second consecutive season Hutchinson has been placed on injured reserve. The 34-year-old had a thumb injury that ended his 2010 season.

Hutchinson is scheduled to earn $6.95 million in base salary in 2012, the final year of his seven-year, $49 million contract from 2006.

To replace Hutchinson on the 53-man roster, the Vikings have signed running back Jordan Todman off the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad. A sixth-round pick out of UCONN, Todman had 112 yards rushing and nine receptions for 68 yards during the preseason, earning a spot on the 53-man roster. Released in October, the Chargers re-signed Todman to the practice squad, where he was earning $11,500 per week, more than twice the $5,700 minimum salary for practice squad players this season.

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2 Responses to “Steve Hutchinson Placed On IR”

  1. Lost Viking says:

    Collapse for Kalil Contest: Week 17

    Its down to the wire in the Collapse for Matt Kalil with the second overall draft selection. Only three teams have shot at the second overall pick. A Viking win at home against toothless Bear would give them a 4 and 12 record. And a Viking win would also allow the three other ‘also-rans’ to move ahead in draft day selection.

    COLT (2 – 13): Odds 2 to 1 Current SOS=128

    Three weeks ago 0 – 14 Colt had tight hold over the #1 ‘Suck for Luck’ pick. Incredible odds to see Ram slipping by them. The last minute win over Texan leaves them facing only ground and pound JackJag gang. Their SOS assures them #1 tiebreaker if they don’t get third straight win. No wonder NFL owners oppose the lottery pick approach.

    RAM (2 – 13): Odds 2.5 to 1 Current SOS=141

    Ram at two wins are even money to move up to first overall pick. Still can’t move ball so don’t expect much against tough 49’er defense. 49’er want to win for playoff seeding so Ram need only another Gabbert loss to give them 1st overall. Won’t win a tie-breaker based on SOS. Consolation prize for Ram losers is second pick. Chances of moving franchise to LA are better than coming away with win and less than second pick overall.

    VIKING (3 – 12): Odds 12 to 1 Current SOS=134

    Only Ram win against 49’er would give them shot at Kalil and 2nd pick. Home against Bear couldn’t get much uglier than last week’s win … or could it? Toothless Bear in a game of 3rd stringers should be another adventure. A loss at home gives them no worse than #3 spot. Untimely win in meaningless game could drop them all the way to 6th pick.

    JAGUAR (4 – 11): None Current SOS=121

    Comes down to last game against upstart Colt. Home field may be a factor. If Ram and Viking are losing the Vike see no benefit from Colt win over Jag. If Viking go to four wins then Jag help may be needed to stop Vike from slipping below 4th spot.

    BROWN (4 – 11): None Current SOS=128

    Another four win team now has chance to catch the Viking above. Late game is against Steeler and odds likely Batch it. For Steeler their playoff seeding and home field should still be at issue come kickoff.

    TAMPA BAY (4 – 11): None Current SOS=132

    Nine straight losses for team and coaching staff just closing it out. Late game this week against Atlanta where Falcon see no gain from win. If the SOS comes into play Viking and Buc will effectively be tied. We may be hoping for Cowboy win on Monday night to hold on to 5th pick. If Vike beat Bear they could benefit from Eagle and SeaHawg wins to prevent slipping to 6th pick.

    * SOS = Strength of Schedule as measured by opponents current win total. Team with the LOWER strength of schedule (i.e. their opponents compiled FEWER wins) is granted the earlier pick in round one. Lower score wins – (think golf).

  2. Lost Viking says:

    Don’t know why Vike fan are looking forward to Sunday games between Colt and Jag. Win or lose Colt remain ahead of Vike. Only chance for Vike is if Ram W and Vike lose

    Ram are 10.5 point underdog. Chance of Ram win = 20%
    Colt are 4 point underdog at Jacksonville. Chance of Colt win = 33%
    Viking 1 point underdog at home against Bear. Viking win = 49%

    No chance to get #1 pick.
    Odds then of Viking taking 2nd overall pick = 10% (1 in 10)
    Odds of Vike getting 3rd pick = 40% (2 in 5)
    Odds of Vike getting 4th pick = 33% (1 in 3)
    Odds of Vike getting 5th pick = 12% (1 in 7)
    Odds of Vike getting 6th pick = 5% (1 in 20)

    To fall to 6th pick Vike would have to lose and so would
    Ram (likely)
    Jag (4 point favorite)
    Brown (7 point underdog)
    Buc (13 point underdog)
    and some combination of Dallas, Seattle and Philadelphia (for SOS differential over Buc). Keep in mind possible SOS tie between Buc and Vike requiring divisional record tie-breaker

    At least something like that…

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