Phil Loadholt “on track” in Achilles recovery, “can’t control” future with Vikings

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The Vikings lost right tackle Phil Loadholt to a torn Achilles a couple of snaps into their first preseason game, which left them down a starter up front for the entire season but did leave Loadholt with a lot of time to heal before the start of the 2016 season.

Loadholt believes he’s made the most of the first months of that time and says he’s “on track” to make a full recovery after starting to run last week. Loadholt thinks he’ll be ready to go when offseason workouts get started later in the offseason, although he can’t be sure that he’ll be with the Vikings when they do get underway.

The Vikings can save $6 million under the cap by releasing Loadholt, who also ended the 2014 season on injured reserve because of a torn pectoral. Loadholt says that’s not something he’s thinking about right now.

“Not at all. I can’t control any of that. All I can do is get healthy,” Loadholt said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “And once I get healthy, I’ll be ready to play ball. I can guarantee that much. The other stuff I have no control over, so I can’t worry about it.”

Rookie T.J. Clemmings started every game at right tackle in Loadholt’s place and had the ups and downs you’d expect from a player in his first season. The Vikings also played without center John Sullivan for the entire season and the line was a weak point without the two injured starters. Whether Loadholt is back or not, the unit needs to improve in 2016.

33 responses to “Phil Loadholt “on track” in Achilles recovery, “can’t control” future with Vikings

  1. I remember a time this guy was pretty good. This is one of the worst injuries a lineman can suffer. It’s not like rehabbing a torn pectoral muscle. Unfortunately, his best option may be to accept a drastic pay cut for one year, and hope for the best as a free agent the following year. Tough row to hoe.

  2. It’s been so long since I’ve seen him play I don’t remember if he can play or not. Two back to back lost seasons is a lot.

    WZ

  3. If he’s willing to come back at a lower salary and compete for a starting job, I would welcome him back. After two season-ending injuries in a row, I don’t even know if he can still play. There has to be competition at every position on the line this year.

  4. He’s had a rough couple of years with injuries. Loadholdt has never been a top-notch OT, but he was missed this past season.

    That said, bringing him back is not going to solve the Vikings OL problems. He’s an above average run blocker, and a below average pass blocker, and the Vikings need to improve their pass blocking desperately.

  5. Move on from Loadholt and Sullivan. Both of their injuries were major and they get paid a lot of money. Time has come to move on from some of the vets that have high salaries. First and foremost if it were up to me would be AP. Teddy wants to be playing facing the D versus having AP 7 yds deep. Messes up Teddy’s timing and takes away from his ability to survey the defense.

  6. That’s a tough injury to come back from, no matter what position you play. But its especially difficult for an offensive lineman that was average before the injury.

    Maybe he can borrow Kahil’s roller skates and then the Vikings will have bookend offensive tackles.

  7. I expect a lot of competition for the whole OL and better coaching this year too.

    Last year the OL looked the same in week 17 & 18 and it did in week 1.

    They only “got better” when they played a weak opponent.

    If they can get decent OL play next year and adjust the offense more to all the players abilities and not just AP, this offense could be pretty decent add a great defense and OK special team and you have a mixture for repeat North Div Champs agains and an improved Superbowl contender

  8. Big Phil wasn’t too mobile when he had two healthy Achilles tendons, so he’d best take a discount if he wants to stay. He sure used to clear some big holes when they had the run game working though.

  9. whatjusthapped says:
    Feb 2, 2016 3:53 PM

    That’s a tough injury to come back from, no matter what position you play. But its especially difficult for an offensive lineman that was average before the injury.

    Maybe he can borrow Kahil’s roller skates and then the Vikings will have bookend offensive tackles.

    bridgeh2o says:

    Considering a certain team to the southeast, our little brother-green bay-has many issues on their oline, you bring nothing to the conversation.

    We were out 40% of our starting oline the ENTIRE year, and Peterson was still yardage king of the year, helping a 2nd year coach bring home the North title, albeit in Lambeau.

    This just in……NOBODY fears gbay. The window is closing……and Zimmer has done a masterful job on our defense. Bringing in 2 ex-NFL head coaches in Shurmer and Sparano on offense will only improve that side of the ball.

    We will let gbay and chicago fight it out for 2nd place…….

    Clemmings was able to absorb some experience, but he is not in Loadholt’s category by a long

  10. “Rookie T.J. Clemmings started every game at right tackle in Loadholt’s place and had the ups and downs you’d expect from a player in his first season.”

    That’s easily the nicest thing that could ever be written about his 2015 season. When exactly were the “ups”?

  11. 2since96 says:
    Feb 2, 2016 3:41 PM

    Look, unless they find a form of HGH that will make Teddy’s hands grow, there are ZERO superbowls in your future…
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    You do realize this is a thread about Phil Loadholt, right? It has nothing to do about the size of Teddy’s hands which are a mere 1/8″ smaller than Aaron Rodgers.

  12. Bob Lurtsema had a negative opinion on Loadholt the day they drafted him and his assessment has been accurate.

    I would rather see Loadholt start for the vikings than go elsewhere to be a back up.

    The vikings have too many other holes to fill.

  13. Not so sure 2nd place hurt Green Bay, after all, they went further into the playoffs than did the divisional winner who managed to go one and done in the playoffs, shank you very much.

  14. The amount of pressure placed on ankle and knee joints for anyone that size significantly reduces the amount of mobility later on in life. Tack on a position that constantly requires to dig your heels into the ground and take a beating from other fellas of similar size makes recovery from this far from easy or even plausible. Hopefully he was responsible with the money he has made in his career so he can retire comfortably.

  15. whatjusthapped says:
    Feb 2, 2016 6:41 PM

    Not so sure 2nd place hurt Green Bay, after all, they went further into the playoffs than did the divisional winner who managed to go one and done in the playoffs, shank you very much.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    HAHAHAHA…..to0 funny, if it weren’t for a Hail Mary against Detroit, GB wouldn’t have made the playoffs this year. The over/under for games won next season is 9. I’m betting EVERYTHING on the under for Green Bay.

  16. whatjusthapped says:
    Feb 2, 2016 6:41 PM

    Not so sure 2nd place hurt Green Bay, after all, they went further into the playoffs
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    Let me just stop you right there. The Vikes had a better record than the Packers and beat them in GB when it counted. Your favorite team beat the weakest playoff team in either conference. It’s not like it mattered either. After that prayer was answered in the desert, Larry Fitzgerald embarrassed your defense…..again. Two years in a row that D has crumbled when it absolutely mattered the most. Talk about shanks all you want, the Packers had the most epic collapse in playoff history last year and followed it up by getting humiliated in OT….again. AZ went right down the field and scored a TD just like Seattle did. Soft D didn’t even put up a fight.

  17. see how teddy did in probowl with great recievers. I guess he can throw deep. next yr our year if they tell Peterson its teddys team. a d can just run when we tell him to

  18. whatever happens will be OK loadholt is a great player the Vikings will figure it out because they will be better on that Offense and i am knowing that the offense will learn to score at will!

  19. Loadholt and Sullivan are both 30+ and should be replaced. Vikes need to go whole hog on offensive line in the draft and maybe pick up a WR, too. They have 8 picks in the draft.

  20. Save the $$ sign free agent. He is toast for next year with that injury. Probably his career ,,never great anyway. Dump Sullivan too Also injured a lot and expensive. Sign two reliable o lineman and address in draft along with a safety next to smith. Two GLARING needs again move on…

  21. One and done in the playoffs? You GB choker fans seem to forget your 13 pt EPIC CHOKE of ALL TIME in ANY sport last year.

    And you won against….the worst defense in the league, the Redskins.

    The little sisters of the poor could beat the Redskins. They’re a CFL team at best.

    We beat you down in YOUR HOUSE to win the Division.

    You are an old and decrepit team, and Rodgers looked genuinely terrible at times.

    Its over Choker fans. Just admit it.

  22. Just admit it.

    Here’s what I will admit to, when it comes to choking, the Vikings are King and there isn’t really a close second.

    First, the lost all 4 Superbowls despite being the favorite in all 4. Since then, they appeared in 5 NFC Championship games and lost all 5, granted that 41-0 loss to the Giants was a close one and if Chilly could count to 12, they might have avoided the last one but never the less, that’s 5 that they dropped at that level.

    The Vikings seemingly find a way to lose in a tight game, whether its Anderson misses his only FG on the year, letting the Cardinals score on the last play of the game to miss the playoffs, or Walsh shanking from 28 yards out, its stunningly incredible the varying ways the Vikings find to lose.

    Laces out!

  23. like loadholt, packer fans only have one leg to stand on now that we’re the champions of the north.

  24. Frazier28/7 says:
    Feb 3, 2016 1:29 PM
    like loadholt, packer fans only have one leg to stand on now that we’re the champions of the north.
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    How do you expect the Vikings to maintain their stranglehold on the NFL all-time record for post-season losses without winning a few division titles?

    Keep up the good work.

  25. stellarperformance says:
    Feb 2, 2016 3:35 PM
    I remember a time this guy was pretty good. This is one of the worst injuries a lineman can suffer. It’s not like rehabbing a torn pectoral muscle. Unfortunately, his best option may be to accept a drastic pay cut for one year, and hope for the best as a free agent the following year. Tough row to hoe.

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    ragnarthegreat says:
    Feb 2, 2016 3:37 PM
    It’s been so long since I’ve seen him play I don’t remember if he can play or not. Two back to back lost seasons is a lot.

    WZ

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    Let me refresh your memories. Loadholt led the team each year in penalties. He sucked, he was terrible, and our aweful line improved this year with him out. Drop him. I’ve never liked Loadholt, he’s never been good at protection and just causes drive killing penalties. Resigning him was always a mistake and still is. Worst Viking player since Fred Smoot, hands down.

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