Vikings say Lewis Cine undergoes ‘successful’ surgery, sign Khyiris Tonga off Atlanta’s practice squad – Twin Cities



Safety Lewis Cine underwent “successful” surgery Tuesday at a London hospital for a compound fracture in his lower left leg, the Vikings said in a statement.

Sine suffered the season-ending injury in Sunday’s 28-25 win over the New Orleans Saints at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Due to the severity of the injury, he remained in the city for treatment. His surgery was performed by Dr. Aswinkumar Vasireddy, lead surgeon for the Orthopedic Trauma Group at the Cleveland Clinic.

Cine is expected to be placed on injured reserve and his roster spot taken by nose tackle Khyiris Tonga. According to David Kanter, Tonga’s agent, Tonga has been picked off Atlanta’s practice squad.

A source said Cine could return to Minnesota as soon as this weekend if everything continues to go well, including no infection. A compound fracture is when the bone breaks the skin, and when this happens, bacteria can enter and lead to infection.

Sources said Monday that if the surgery goes well, Cine could start walking in a few weeks and be on track to return to the game in 2023.

“We look forward to welcoming Lewis back to Minnesota to be around his teammates and coaches and begin his rehabilitation process with the Vikings medical staff in the very near future,” the Vikings wrote in their statement.

The Vikings did not immediately sign a roster guarantee to replace Cine. Safety Myles Dorn, who is on the practice squad, has been promoted twice this season and has one more to go. So the Vikings can move Dorn up for Sunday’s game against Chicago at US Bank Stadium and find out next week what to do about the fourth safety on the roster

Tonga was a seventh-round pick out of Chicago in 2021 by Brigham Young and played in 15 games as a rookie, making two starts. He was waived early this season and joined Atlanta’s practice squad.

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