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.
Former Viking Fred Smoot was arrested is Loudoun County, Va., and charged with misdemeanor domestic assault following an alleged altercation at his home in the city of Ashburn. Smoot’s lawyer asked that there not be a rush to judgment, claiming the charges are the result of the “vindictive actions of a disgruntled ex-girlfriend.”
Aaron Rodgers vehemently denied that he was taking a veiled shot at the Vikings by drinking a bottle of Grape Crush at the podium following Green Bay’s win over the Vikings. In a radio interview Tuesday, Rodgers said his postgame ritual is to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and drink an Orange or Grape Crush, adding the last five years it has been a Grape Crush. He made his point by saying, “Seven years. To all the idiot trolls out there, seven years” about his ritual.
As things currently stand, the Vikings would have the ninth pick in the 2015 draft.
Blair Walsh hit the record books last week, making his 17th field goal of 50 yards or more. It wasn’t just another team record Walsh will add to, as his 81 percent success rate is the highest in NFL history for kickers with 20 or more career attempts.
Thursday’s game on CBS will inexplicably be another game with two NFC teams, once again blurring the lines of how networks handle TV contracts. All six teams playing Thursday are from the NFC. CBS gets the Chicago-Detroit early game and Vikings fans may be interested in checking out the pregame show. It will feature a story on Jared Allen’s work with wounded warriors. During his time with the Vikings, he helped modify the homes of wounded Minnesota veterans and is continuing the program as a member of the Bears.
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