EAGAN, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Vikings cornerback and New Bern native Mike Hughes has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ending a promising rookie season after six games.
Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed the diagnosis on Monday. Hughes was hurt in the fourth quarter of Minnesota's 27-17 win over Arizona on Sunday.
Though the Vikings had more pressing needs on the offensive line in the draft, they refused to pass up Hughes with the 30th overall selection out of Central Florida. In addition to seeing extensive time in the secondary, Hughes has taken turns returning kickoffs and punts and played on coverage units.
This is the second straight year the Vikings have lost their top pick to an ACL injury in October. Running back Dalvin Cook went down in the fourth game last season.