Linebacker Worries Continue

The Vikings' questions at linebacker continue to evolve, as two players the team likes become available and a second projected starter is injured.

The Vikings outwardly remain unconcerned about their problems at linebacker. But, they're becoming so obvious that it may be time to consider doing something quickly to fix it.

When the season started last year, the Vikings had one of the most veteran groups around with starters Greg Biekert, Henri Crockett and Chris Claiborne. Less than a year later, Biekert has retired, Crockett has been cut and Claiborne is still hobbled from surgery. To top things, projected starting MLB E.J. Henderson is hobbled after surgery to repair a torn meniscus (knee cap). If the Vikings had to play a game today, the starters would be Mike Nattiel, Dontarrious Thomas and Max Yates -- combined starts, zero.

While the Vikings have downplayed the idea of hitting the final phase of free agency hard, the talent the team has at linebacker is iffy at best and with injury questions to two of the starters, grabbing someone like recently released stars Jeremiah Trotter and Jason Gildon, the Vikings could address the only glaring weakness on the team.

Whether they will could be another question entirely.

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