APPLETON, Wis. — Given how tumultuous the Minnesota Vikings’ 2016 season has been, perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that their final regular-season road trip came with another twist.
The Vikings’ plane skidded off the runway on a snowy night at Appleton International Airport and slid into the grass while taxiing after landing.
Everyone on the plane was fine. But players, coaches and team officials were stuck for several hours before fire officials at the scene used a truck’s extension ladder to help the team off the aircraft.
A Vikings source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that the plane landed relatively fine but skidded while taxiing.
“We didn’t even slide 10 feet,” the source told Anderson, before adding that they were “deplaning soon.”
Describing the scene on his Snapchat account, safety Anthony Harris said one of the plane’s tires sank into the grass after the plane slid off the runway. As airport workers tried to dislodge the plane from the grass, the Vikings were forced to wait patiently aboard the plane.
The Vikings will face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Saturday afternoon as they try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive after a 5-0 start was followed by a 2-7 stretch.
Running back Adrian Peterson, who came back from a torn meniscus on Sunday against the Colts, won’t play against the Packers.
RB Peterson out vs. Packers after 1-game return
The Vikings have ruled star running back Adrian Peterson out for Saturday’s game against the rival Packers.
Peterson initially injured his knee on Sept. 18, in Week 2 at U.S. Bank Stadium in the first Vikings-Packers matchup this season. His injury came less than three weeks after quarterback Teddy Bridgewater tore his ACL and dislocated his left knee in the Vikings’ final preseason practice.
Since then, the Vikings have used seven different offensive line combinations in front of new quarterback Sam Bradford, seen offensive coordinator Norv Turner resign, and watched coach Mike Zimmer miss the first game of his 23-year NFL career after emergency eye surgery for a detached retina.
Zimmer, who has had four operations on his right eye, will need another operation after the season, and will coach his third game Saturday since the surgery. This season has taken the Vikings through more than a few twists and turns.