Hutchinson has been ruled out of Monday's game with the Bears with a broken thumb that remains heavily casted. Head coach Leslie Frazier said that the status of Hutchinson remains contingent to the ongoing swelling his injured thumb sustains. But that problem is one that is recurring and isn't likely to change significantly over the last couple of games.
"It's the swelling where the break is," Hutchinson said. "It makes it hard to do any kind of punching with it and pushing directly on the break."
It seems as though the fates have thrown Hutch a bad hand this season. Last year, as the Vikings rolled to a 12-4 season, Hutchinson endured one of the most trying seasons of his professional career. He suffered a shoulder injury early in the year and, despite almost constant pain, found a way to play through it. Now something as seemingly insignificant as a thumb injury could put him on the shelf.
"It's one of those weird things," Hutchinson said. "It's like a toe (injury). You wouldn't think one little thing would really shut down a whole operation, considering I've played with shoulder injuries, knee injuries, ankles and other things. As a left guard with your inside hand – which is where you get your strength – and not being able to stick it in there, it becomes a bear-hug, grabbing thing. As much as I want to play, it comes down to what is best for the team."
So, is Hutchinson going to play again this season? It doesn't sound like it, because his injury isn't one that, in the short term, appears to be getting any better.
"It's a valid question," Hutchinson said. "It was broke two weeks ago. It's broke now. I guess it would be more of a personnel decision from that standpoint. I'm still going to have to wear (the cast) and, as much as it protects it, it limits."
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.