Vikings add tackle Webb for depth

The Vikings announced the addition of J’Marcus Webb to the roster on Wednesday for depth on the offensive line after Phil Loadholt was lost for the season.

The Vikings are going back to one of their former players to help fill the void left by the loss of offensive tackle Phil Loadholt to season-ending surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle – re-signing J'Marcus Webb.

Webb was signed by the Vikings last year after he was released by the Bears. He worked out with the Vikings Tuesday, along with former Seattle offensive tackle Eric Winston. Webb tweeted out Tuesday night that he had signed with the Vikings and the official announcement was made Wednesday morning by the Vikings.

Loadholt left the game in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to Green Bay and it was clear on the sideline that he struggling to lift his left arm above his shoulder. Mike Harris, who was signed away from San Diego, where he had played under offensive coordinator Norv Turner, finished out Sunday’s game and is expected to start against Carolina Sunday, but the Vikings wanted a veteran option as a backup.

With Loadholt scheduled to have surgery Friday, he is the second starting offensive lineman that has been lost for the season with a pectoral injury that required surgery. Brandon Fusco was lost last month to a torn pectoral muscle. He is in the early stages of his rehabilitation and soon the two of them will be working out together in hopes of being ready by the time the Vikings start offseason practices in the spring.

Webb is no stranger to replacing Loadholt. When Loadholt suffered a concussion last season, Webb replaced him in the starting lineup for one game.

The Vikings made room for Webb on the roster by officially placing Loadholt on season-ending injured reserve.


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