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Minnesota Vikings safety Lewis Cine will undergo surgery in London after fracturing his leg in Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints.
“Very tough time for our team,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell told reporters after the game. “[Cine is] obviously a guy who from day one has been a personal favorite of mine and does everything we asked. He continued to progress in his rookie year and really had a dynamic role for us in the special teams.”
Ciné was injured by blocking on a punt return at the end of the first quarter. He remained on the pitch for several minutes and was fitted with an aircast before being taken to a local hospital.
A first-round pick in Georgia in April, Cine played extensively on special teams in the first four weeks of the season. He spent most of training camp and preseason dealing with a knee injury that left him limited and behind other safeties on the depth chart for defensive snaps.
Cine is expected to remain in London under the care of doctors until he is cleared to return to Minnesota.
No timetable has been set for his return, but it would be a surprise to see him play again in the 2022 season given the severity of his injury.
Cine was a first-team All-SEC selection and was the CFP National Championship Defensive MVP last season for the Bulldogs.