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Vikings’ Cine to stay in London for surgery


Vikings’ Cine to stay in London for surgery

Vikings safety Lewis Cine will stay in London to have surgery on a compound leg fracture he suffered in the Vikings win over the Saints on Sunday.


Safety Lewis Cine was the Minnesota Viking’s first-round pick in the draft this year. On Sunday, he suffered a horrific injury in the Vikings 28-25 victory over the New Orleans Saints in London.

An ugly twist of Cine’s lower leg on a tackle resulted in a compound fracture. He was immediately carted off the field with his leg in an air cast before being taken to a local hospital where he went through a preparatory procedure.

He will remain in London and is scheduled to have surgery today, Tuesday, October 4. He will stay in London after the surgery as well to go through the beginning of the recovery process. A member of the Vikings medical staff will stay in London with Cine.

“Very tough moment for our team,” said Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell. “Obviously a guy that from day one has been a personal favorite of mine, done everything we asked, was continuing to progress in his rookie year, really having a dynamic role for us on [special] teams.”

Cine, who has played mostly on special teams, was injured during a punt return. O’Connell and other members of the Vikings organization have remained in contact with Cine throughout the process. Although he’s got a long recovery process, they say he’s in “great spirits” and that they feel good about how the procedure will go.

“Everything I’ve been told, the care, obviously the local folks here have been phenomenal,” said O’Connell.