While taxiing after a safe landing, the team plane slid off the runway and became stuck. We are waiting patiently to exit the plane.— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 24, 2016
Per ESPN.com, the players, coaches and team personnel aboard had to wait for a group of fire trucks to assist them off the plane, which went into the skid while taxiing at Appleton International Airport. A team source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson “we didn’t even slide 10 feet.”
Linebacker Chad Greenway posted a photo to his Instagram account and a video to his Twitter account, providing a couple of pretty apt displays of the Vikings’ predicament.
A season that began in a most ominous way when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater shredded his knee in the team’s final preseason practice, solidified in the form of a 5-0 start, despite star running back Adrian Peterson tearing the meniscus in his right knee in Week 2. But Minnesota has stumbled in a hail of further injuries — to both players and coaches — since that opening winning streak, dropping seven of its last nine games.
The Vikings are still mathematically alive for a playoff berth but will need a ton of help to get in, and face a streaking Packers’ team that’s won four straight on Saturday at Lambeau Field.