The Minnesota Vikings have been without their starting offensive tackles since Week 5. Their list of staring linemen on injured reserve likely grew by one more on Sunday.
Jake Long, signed on Oct. 11 to replace Matt Kalil at left tackle, suffered an Achilles injury on the second-to-last offensive snap in the Vikings’ 26-20 loss to the Washington Redskins and head coach Mike Zimmer said it would likely end Long’s season.
“We were in St. Louis together and obviously both went through some injuries there,” Bradford said of losing Long. “I know how difficult it is.”
The team placed Kalil on injured reserve on Sept. 21 after a hip injury forced him to have surgery. Right tackle Andre Smith was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 11, the same day Long was signed, after an elbow injury landed him there.
The Vikings will have to evaluate their options once again, but Alex Boone told reporters after the game that he would consider moving from left guard to left tackle. When asked about that possibility several weeks ago, Boone didn’t even want to discuss it.
The team could also move T.J. Clemmings to left tackle – he started four games there immediately after Kalil’s injury before Long took over on the left side and Clemmings moved to right tackle.