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Vikings fear star rookie CB Mike Hughes suffered torn ACL

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like a high-round Minnesota Vikings rookie will be lost to a torn ACL for the second consecutive season.

Having played stellar ball thus far this season, the Vikings fear that rookie cornerback Mike Hughes suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s win over the Arizona Cardinals.

It came on a non-contact play in the fourth quarter of a game that was pretty much already decided. And it couldĀ be a major blow for a Vikings team that had been relying on Hughes to start in the slot.

The No. 30 overall pick in April’s draft, Hughes entered Sunday’s action having recorded 20 tackles, three passes defended and this pick-six of Jimmy Garoppolo in his regular season debut.

With Hughes now likely sidelined for the remainder of the season, Minnesota will have to look elsewhere for production behind Pro Bowler Xavier Rhodes at cornerback.