Kevin O’Connell was upbeat Wednesday about the potential returns of several of the Vikings’ injured playmakers ahead of the team’s NFC North clash with the Detroit Lions this weekend.

Linebacker Jordan Hicks told reporters on Tuesday that he hopes to return on Sunday. Due to compartment syndrome in his leg, Hicks required emergency surgery following the Vikings’ Week 10 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Minnesota opened Hicks’ 21-day practice window on Tuesday, allowing him to return this Sunday.

When asked if fans could expect to see Hicks on the field this weekend, O’Connell said, “I think so.”

Minnesota Vikings LB was injured against the Bengals and will miss the rest of the season
Minnesota Vikings LB was injured against the Bengals and will miss the rest of the season

“Really, I think it goes back to how it was handled when it happened, the urgency.” “It’s probably given him a realistic opportunity to be out there,” O’Connell continued. “We’ll let him work the rest of the week.” He got some reps yesterday, and he’ll get more throughout the week before making a decision for the weekend. Jordan, more than anything, wants to be out there. We’ll see how he handles the rest of the week.”

Hicks participated fully in the team’s Wednesday practice.

Ty Chandler’s standout performance in Saturday’s loss alleviated any remaining concerns about the running game. Chandler was asked to carry a large portion of the load on Saturday after Alexander Mattison was ruled out with an ankle injury suffered in the Vikings’ win over the Raiders.

“Alex is doing better and better,” said O’Connell. “Hopefully, we can get him some more work and have him available this weekend.” I know Ty [Chandler] is coming off a strong performance and is growing in confidence. We’re building with the expectation that Ty will see a lot of time on the field, both running and passing.

“Having Alex will be a huge help in terms of depth and ensuring we have our entire group available.” “I like what we’ve done in the run game over the last few weeks.”

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