Easton began experiencing discomfort in his neck and back after last Friday's practice and has not practiced since.
On Thursday NFL insider Adam Schefter reported that guard-center Nick Easton has undergone surgery for a herniated disc in his neck, and could be out the entire season. That second opinion turned out to be bad news.
The Minnesota Vikings' offensive line woes may be more than short-lived.
Easton logged 12 games in 2017 before being shut down in late December due to an ankle injury. Right guard Mike Remmers is also missing from Minnesota's starting lineup.
The 26-year-old signed as a rookie free agent with the Ravens in 2015, was acquired by the 49ers, and then traded to the Vikings in October of the same year.