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Notebook: Minnesota Vikings leave options open at tackle, kicker

The Minnesota Vikings will look at their options at offensive tackle and kicker.

With Jake Long heading to injured reserve, the Minnesota Vikings are looking at their options – once again – on the offensive line.

That’s also the case at kicker again this week after Blair Walsh missed another extra point, his fourth of the season. The Vikings brought in six kickers for tryouts last week but opted to stick with Walsh instead signing one of the others.

Zimmer said he and general manager Rick Spielman would discuss where things stand now.

“Rick and I haven’t sat down and talked really today yet. We’re going to do it this afternoon about all the different things,” Zimmer said early Monday afternoon.

“We’re going to see what all the options are, we’re going to see what the options are at tackle. We’ll see what the options are at kicker and then make a determination and go.”

While the Vikings have the option to make a move or not at kicker, they will surely have to do something at tackle after losing their fourth offensive lineman of the year – Long, Matt Kalil (hip), Andre Smith (elbow) and Mike Harris (non-football illness).

“Yeah, there’s options,” Zimmer said when asked about signing another tackle. “… We’ll talk about it. We’ll see Wednesday.”

Another possibility is having left guard Alex Boone move to left tackle, something Boone told reporters on Sunday that he would be discussing with offensive line coach Tony Sparano.

“I know that Alex has not talked to me. He’s talked to you, which is probably not the right avenue to go about,” Zimmer said. “We’ll discuss it and we’ll figure out what the best thing to do is.”

Zimmer has maintained that he isn’t going to sulk publicly about the number of players the Vikings have lost on the offensive line.

“Every year it seems like, wherever you are, it seems like one position gets hit and one team seems to get hit the most. Throw in Mike Harris and all these other guys,” Zimmer said. “It’s been a lot of guys, but I’m sure we’re not the only team in the NFL to have one position hit. Honestly, the offensive line I thought protected the quarterback pretty well yesterday. For the most part, he had a clean pocket most of the time.”

Long didn’t have a good first outing with the Vikings when he was substituted in for a couple series at left tackle, but he had been improving and showing signs of being a viable starter the last three weeks. And, now, he’s out for the season after suffering an Achilles injury on Sunday.

“It’s hard. He comes in late and tries to get back, get his feet going,” Zimmer said. “Has people saying he’s all washed up and he’s getting back and feeling comfortable again and has the Achilles. I feel bad for all my guys because they try to do the very best for me every time they can.”


  • Zimmer told KFAN that MLB Eric Kendricks “has a chance” to play on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals after suffering a hip injury that caused him to miss all but 11 snaps against the Washington Redskins.
  • CB Captain Munnerlyn, who missed the Redskins game with an ankle injury, said he believes he will be ready to play against the Cardinals. Zimmer agreed. “He was running today so I think he’s got a chance,” Zimmer said.
  • Zimmer to KFAN regarding Walsh: “It used to be you didn’t ever miss an extra point and now you miss an extra point and it’s like the crisis of the world.”
  • Zimmer said he has “no idea” if RB Adrian Peterson will be ready to play again this season after having surgery in September to repair a torn meniscus. The running back is eligible to return from injured reserve this week but it doesn’t appear that will happen yet.



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