Vikings QB Taylor Heinicke Is Out For Training Camp After Injuring Himself Breaking Into His Own House
YardBarker-Taylor Heinicke, a third-string quarterback with the Minnesota Vikings, could be out up to three months after severing a tendon in his left foot earlier this month trying to kick open a door.
The second-year quarterback from Old Dominion saw “The Conjuring 2” with a friend. The two returned to the friend’s home and realized they were locked out, so Heinicke tried kicking the door open. His plan failed.
“I was locked out of my house after a late-night movie,” Heinicke said via the Pioneer Press. “I came back and there’s no one home, and I’m trying to nudge the door a little. It was one of those double doors. I thought it just needed a little nudge.
“Me and my buddy were getting it going a little, but when I put my foot to the door, my foot kind of slipped and it went through a window. It was just kind of a freak accident. I’m very embarrassed, but I’m just excited getting going with rehab and trying to get this going as soon as possible.”
Ironically enough, the moment Taylor Heinicke inevitably lost his job as the Vikings 3rd string quarterback was when people who aren't Vikings fans learned that Taylor Heinicke is the Vikings 3rd string quarterback. You see, you can make a pretty decent living as the relatively unknown backup signal caller whose job responsibilities include walking around with a smile on your face and a clipboard in your hand, but that's predicated on your ability to not turn yourself into a headline. The beauty of the 3rd string quarterback is that his performance doesn't really matter all that much and it's something that generally doesn't require anyone's attention. When you go ahead and start slicing tendons breaking into your own house then you sacrifice the one irreplaceable thing you provide to your head coach and that is anonymity. One job Taylor, one job. Unless it's with your stellar performance against camp bodies, don't make yourself the focal point of a question.
I'm not trying to be a hypocrite here, because I wouldn't put a late night injury incurred in a ridiculously stupid way past me, but I don't hold the single least taxing position in sports. A position that pays you a professional athlete's salary to be a professional spectator that is to be seen but not heard. Unfortunately - with an abrupt shatter of a pane of glass - we heard from Taylor Heinicke and that alone could leave his tenure as a Viking resting in shards. Especially since he just committed a poetic injustice by being the backup quarterback that didn't have a spare key at his disposal.