ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted late this morning that Minnesota Vikings left guard Nick Easton underwent surgery Thursday morning to correct a herniated disc in his neck and his season “is likely over”, per his agent Joe Linta.
Schefter added that it’s not expected to be a career-ending injury for the 26-year-old Easton.
Tom Compton, who has been filling in at left guard for Easton in practice and in the scrimmage, is the probable starting left guard moving forward into the regular season.
The last time Easton was seen at Vikings practice was August 3rd. The next day at practice, Cornelius Edison began filling in at center for Easton, who was filling in there for Pat Elflein.
On August 6th, it was reported that Easton was seeking a second opinion for his neck and back injuries. Easton then saw an orthopedic specialist in Connecticut for an MRI and other medical tests to determine further what was causing the lingering pain and discomfort.
Easton is making $2,914,000 for the 2018 season and will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
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