Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes was sidelined late in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles to have a right foot injury examined. Rhodes went to the locker room to have the injury to his toe looked at, according to sideline analyst Greg Coleman. But Rhodes returned for the final few plays of the first half.
While Rhodes was off the field, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw a touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffrey, who had been covered previously by Rhodes.
The Vikings trail the Eagles 24-7 heading into the half. Foles has torched Rhodes and Minnesota’s secondary for 208 yards, including the Jeffrey touchdown. Jeffrey had two catches for 17 yards while he was covered by Rhodes, and then ripped off the 53-yard touchdown catch while Rhodes was dealing with the toe injury.
The Rhodes vs. Jeffrey matchup was seen as a critical one heading into the game. Rhodes, 27, was picked for the Pro Bowl this season after recording 44 tackles, deflecting 10 passes and recording two interceptions during the regular season.