Report: Minnesota Vikings hire new team physician

The Minnesota Vikings have hired Dr. Chris Larson to be the team’s new head physician, Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY Sports reports.

Larson is with Twin Cities Orthopedics, as are additional hires Dr. Chris Coetzee and Dr. Greg Lervick. With the addition of these three physicians, the Vikings followed a pattern of hiring specialists, Pelissero noted.

Pelissero went on to explain that Minnesota’s previous contract with Tria Orthopedics has expired. It is not a total turnover of medical personnel, as Dr. Sheldon Burns and Dr. David Olson will stay with the team, but it’s certainly a new direction for the Vikings.

In addition to Larson’s exceptional work as a hip surgeon, he also specializes in knee injuries, according to Lindsey Young of Vikings Territory. His world-class experience and familiarity with the franchise, after serving the team from 2007-2011, should make for a smooth transition from the old medical staff to the new one.

(h/t Vikings Territory)

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