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Vikings put Andre Smith on injured reserve

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 18:  Tackle Andre Smith #71 of the Minnesota Vikings in action against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 18, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

On Friday, Vikings right tackle Andre Smith dismissed a report that he would be placed on injured reserve as a result of the triceps injury that kept him out of Sunday’s victory over the Texans.

Smith’s vow to stay off injured reserve didn’t turn out to have a long shelf life. Coach Mike Zimmer announced at a Monday press conference that Smith will have surgery to repair the injury and be placed on injured reserve. He joins quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, running back Adrian Peterson and left tackle Matt Kalil as projected starters on injured reserve for the 5-0 Vikings.

Jeremiah Sirles started in Smith’s place against Houston and the Vikings took a look at some potential help for the offensive line on Monday. Zimmer said veteran tackle Jake Long worked out for the team, but there’s no signing to report at this time.

In addition to the injuries at tackle, left guard Alex Boone has been banged up of late and right guard Brandon Fusco left Sunday’s game with a concussion.

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  1. housemusic1200 says: Oct 10, 2016 3:26 PM

    No worries. The bye week couldn’t come at a better time. They’ll find some help, and Zim will get them plugged in, cause this train ain’t stoppin!

  2. samue202 says: Oct 10, 2016 3:28 PM

    His replacement has played better than him however, I’m not excited at the lack of any depth at the position.

  3. Mad Chef says: Oct 10, 2016 3:28 PM

    Jake Long couldn’t be any worse than TJ at this point. I say sign him to a Vets minimum 1 year pro-rated contract and let him prove himself again.
    5-0 baby! Skol! Skol! Skol!

  4. gettingzygiwithit says: Oct 10, 2016 3:29 PM

    Feel sorry for Smith, he had a chance to revive his career. Sirles has been better there, and Long should be signing any minute.

  5. paullearnedblckjcksn says: Oct 10, 2016 3:42 PM

    I was fully expecting to see the words “Not that it matters but…” to start this story off.

  6. codythao35 says: Oct 10, 2016 3:43 PM

    We are a better team bc of Sam. He gets the ball out quick to avoid sacks most of the time. He makes every one on the team better. Qb makes receivers/o-line look good, not the other way around. But little Erin makes receivers/o-line look bad bc he keeps giving the ball away. Lol

  7. aypeeswhippingstick says: Oct 10, 2016 3:44 PM

    That sound you just heard was Sam Bradford’s clavicle snapping.

  8. tylawspick6 says: Oct 10, 2016 3:45 PM

    this is where spielman’s mediocre gm work for so
    many years will be tested.

    it’s as much about depth and how good it is in this era, as it is talent.

    the fleecing of that 29th pick when he took cordoofus patterson may come back to haunt them.

  9. codythao35 says: Oct 10, 2016 3:46 PM

    Give Sam a lot of credit, he makes every one look good bc he gets rid of the ball so quick and accurate. We didn’t need pro bowler line men and receivers to be great.

  10. vikinganswer says: Oct 10, 2016 3:52 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Oct 10, 2016 3:45 PM
    this is where spielman’s mediocre gm work for so
    many years will be tested.

    MEDIOCRE??? 31 other teams wish they had Vikings depth. And our RECORD!!!

    Did you see who caught a TD pass?? Yeah 84. Not Moss either. And who is the most dangerous return man in the league? Yeah, 84 – Patterson.
    Get a clue!!! Or go deflate more balls.

  11. purpleguy says: Oct 10, 2016 3:52 PM

    They worked out Long this morning — hope it went well. Pretty soon they’ll be begging big Phil to un-retire.

  12. FlashPatterson says: Oct 10, 2016 3:57 PM

    Jake Long can’t get a job? Plug that man in at LT and we good.

    Sirles has done a pretty good job. No idea who filled in for Fusco, but that was an improvement as well. Clemmings isn’t as bad as Kalil, but still sucks.

  13. jsa5205mvp says: Oct 10, 2016 3:57 PM

    Vikings are plugging people in now..and playing strong and winning…but come January..without all these good players. Sorry viking fans…1 and done in playoffs

  14. djvh2 says: Oct 10, 2016 3:58 PM

    The obvious upgrade at QB is saving the Vikings season with all these other injuries.

  15. minnesotamuggs says: Oct 10, 2016 4:00 PM

    +1 on this being a favorable bye week.

    I’m all for “In Zimmer we trust” and all of that, but losing this many guys this early in the season in pretty worrisome. It feels like the Viking’s O-Line is just a few injuries away from being a practice squad.

  16. minnesotamuggs says: Oct 10, 2016 4:03 PM

    FlashPatterson says:
    Oct 10, 2016 3:57 PM
    Jake Long can’t get a job? Plug that man in at LT and we good.

    Sirles has done a pretty good job. No idea who filled in for Fusco, but that was an improvement as well. Clemmings isn’t as bad as Kalil, but still sucks.

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    The backup center filled in for Fusco, I believe. And it’s cool that he played well, but it’s not great knowing that a center was required to play guard in the 5th game of the year.

  17. bigdaddyrockytop says: Oct 10, 2016 4:05 PM

    One injury away from a guy starting that wasnt good enough to be a Browns back up. Just sayin.

  18. pervyspankspackfans says: Oct 10, 2016 4:10 PM

    I said it when Teddy went down. This is a special, historic season. Trust the Vikings Organization to get to Houston.

  19. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 10, 2016 4:12 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Oct 10, 2016 3:45 PM

    this is where spielman’s mediocre gm work for so
    many years will be tested.

    it’s as much about depth and how good it is in this era, as it is talent.
    _______

    Spielman has given this team talent and depth. 5-0 after all these injuries? That’s your proof that the Vikings have talent and depth.

  20. getadealdonealready says: Oct 10, 2016 4:13 PM

    bigdaddyrockytop says:
    Oct 10, 2016 4:05 PM

    One injury away from a guy starting that wasnt good enough to be a Browns back up. Just sayin.

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    Charles Johnson couldn’t make the browns team a few years ago and was on the practice squad, he seems to be doing fine. Sometimes it’s not the player, but the culture of losing…..just sayin

  21. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 10, 2016 4:19 PM

    Mike Harris
    John Sullivan
    Phil Loadholt
    Matt Kalil
    Andre Smith

    These guys were all expected to be OL starters or seriously compete for the starting job, and all of them are either injured or could not come back from injuries.

    The depth on the offensive line is now shot. It’s nice that the guys that have been plugged in have done as well or better than the guys they replaced, but that can’t keep going if they continue to lose starters at this rate.

    I see Carter Bykowski is on the Falcons’ practice squad. Don’t be surprised if the Vikings offer him a spot on the active roster before the week is out.

  22. jbdvks says: Oct 10, 2016 4:21 PM

    I would trade Teddy Bridgewater to the Bears for O-line help.

    If we don’t get Sam legit protection he could be next and it would mean the end to a special season.

  23. wrlegrand says: Oct 10, 2016 4:23 PM

    In all seriousness, it is scary to think what this team could be if everyone was healthy. (Although, the injuries to AP and Bridgewater may be been blessings in disguise).

  24. lambeaudungbarn says: Oct 10, 2016 4:24 PM

    Notice every time the Vikings have some injury news the Trolls start feeding like Piranhas. The thing is they know Minnesotas Depth is better than their starting lineup!
    How much more is Zimmer going to be tested.
    Go Vikes

  25. whatjusthapped says: Oct 10, 2016 4:27 PM

    Its a long season and without your starting left and right tackles and Bradford’s injury history, I would be as nervous as sheep wandering through a Viking tailgate party.

  26. coltluger says: Oct 10, 2016 4:38 PM

    Looks like Jake Long is in our future. It takes a village . . .

  27. pkrlvr says: Oct 10, 2016 4:44 PM

    But little Erin makes receivers/o-line look bad bc he keeps giving the ball away. Lol
    ——
    I normally don’t bother with the super trolls like you but you do realize that “little Erin” has the best td vs int ratio of any starting qb in the league right? It’d be nice if you MN “fans” could just be happy about your team without constantly comparing it to ours. I know you guys are rusted to looking up at the pack, but this year you don’t have to do that, so try to act like it.

  28. 13worldchampioinships says: Oct 10, 2016 4:52 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Oct 10, 2016 4:44 PM
    But little Erin makes receivers/o-line look bad bc he keeps giving the ball away. Lol
    ——
    I normally don’t bother with the super trolls like you but you do realize that “little Erin” has the best td vs int ratio of any starting qb in the league right? It’d be nice if you MN “fans” could just be happy about your team without constantly comparing it to ours. I know you guys are rusted to looking up at the pack, but this year you don’t have to do that, so try to act like it.

    —-

    There are multiple accounts (likely the same person) who constantly posts about the Packers. The timing of their posts are even awkward. Don’t take the bait. Even MN fans think they are annoying.

  29. vikingsnyc5 says: Oct 10, 2016 5:27 PM

    Smith has been kind of a letdown this season. Sirles has played well in relief for a few games in. Jake Long may be another option. I love the depth on this team but we are getting thin at OL now. 2 weeks off hopefully helps.

  30. eramming says: Oct 10, 2016 5:45 PM

    Been through this before in AZ. Next man up gets old, the team runs through a wall for the coach and it all comes down to the backup, to the backup! Hope it works out for these Vikings fans because it’s an emotional roller coaster!! Zimmer coach of the year so far.

  31. beer4guy says: Oct 10, 2016 5:51 PM

    Good football teams overcome injuries, as the Vikings have done so far this year. But multiple injuries to the same position group can derail a season. Harris is a viable option at RT, but the Vikings have said nothing about what’s wrong with him. What gives? Also, why not bring in Loadholt, if he’s healthy?

  32. ragnarthemagnificent says: Oct 10, 2016 6:11 PM

    Vikings are going to have to win the Superbowl with an entirely different team than they started the season with! wth

  33. gaetz23 says: Oct 10, 2016 6:16 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Oct 10, 2016 4:19 PM
    Mike Harris
    John Sullivan
    Phil Loadholt
    Matt Kalil
    Andre Smith

    These guys were all expected to be OL starters or seriously compete for the starting job, and all of them are either injured or could not come back from injuries.

    The depth on the offensive line is now shot. It’s nice that the guys that have been plugged in have done as well or better than the guys they replaced, but that can’t keep going if they continue to lose starters at this rate.

    I see Carter Bykowski is on the Falcons’ practice squad. Don’t be surprised if the Vikings offer him a spot on the active roster before the week is out.

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    Austin Shepherd was released from the Chargers practice squad a couple of weeks ago as well. He played well in his opportunities last year…had a great game opening running lanes for Peterson against the Raiders last year. Might be worth another look unless he had some serious regression during camp.

  34. uncommon1 says: Oct 10, 2016 6:23 PM

    Injuries happen, but at some point they might need to look at their Strength and Conditioning program and make some changes. In other news Eric Sugarman has more job security than anyone not named Zimmer. That man is going to be busy

  35. zygizag says: Oct 10, 2016 6:50 PM

    RS overall has done a good job but drafting the dumb German WR and Beavers look really dumb now.

  36. fwippel says: Oct 10, 2016 7:17 PM

    Don’t be surprised if the Vikings end up trading either Jarius Wright or Cordarelle Patterson for OL help. Patterson is a free agent after this season and Wright will go back to being inactive when Diggs comes back.

  37. codiablo says: Oct 10, 2016 7:34 PM

    Love packers fans thinking they can talk…um, shut up…not your division anymore.

  38. icebowler says: Oct 10, 2016 7:47 PM

    Just remember, the Packers started out 6-0 last year.

  39. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 10, 2016 7:53 PM

    They also need to go tight end shopping.

  40. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 10, 2016 7:59 PM

    I’m still upset that Loadholt retired after the draft and not before it. Guarantee you the vikings would have drafted a tackle and not a receiver.

  41. 250dollarnflowner says: Oct 10, 2016 8:13 PM

    They are on to Philly

  42. filthymcnasty3 says: Oct 10, 2016 9:02 PM

    He’s got that prototypical MN body type. I still think he’s a good fit there. Overpaid, and on IR.

  43. 49tinakane says: Oct 10, 2016 10:10 PM

    Anyone who thinks clemmings is better then kalil is just plain delusional, clemmings has grated out as one of the worst o-linement in the NFL. But they are short on bodies so they will roll with clemmings for now

  44. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Oct 10, 2016 11:52 PM

    Smith to IR was as inevitable as my fellow Packer fans crawling back above ground to peek their heads out of their holes. Welcome back, I’ve held down the fort.

  45. coltluger says: Oct 10, 2016 11:56 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Oct 10, 2016 4:44 PM
    But little Erin makes receivers/o-line look bad bc he keeps giving the ball away. Lol
    ——
    I normally don’t bother with the super trolls like you but you do realize that “little Erin” has the best td vs int ratio of any starting qb in the league right? It’d be nice if you MN “fans” could just be happy about your team without constantly comparing it to ours. I know you guys are rusted to looking up at the pack, but this year you don’t have to do that, so try to act like it.
    —–
    Maybe over his career arc, but not this season – even with Nelson back. He is graded below average this season, with the only game above 100 being against the Lions. If you take last season into account, and I think you should, Rodgers is not the vunderkind he is supposed to be. His best days are behind him. If his numbers had improved dramatically with Nelson’s return, I would have said throw last season out. But he fact is, he’s no better with Nelson – his numbers this year look almost identical to last year.

  46. gaetz23 says: Oct 11, 2016 4:11 AM

    icebowler says:
    Oct 10, 2016 7:47 PM
    Just remember, the Packers started out 6-0 last year.

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    I also remember the 2003 Vikings starting 6 – 0 and missing the playoffs. All of it completely irrelevant to this season. Zimmer is not Mike McCarthy, nor is he Mike Tice.

  47. footballisnotthatimportant says: Oct 11, 2016 6:04 AM

    Clemmings and Sirles are both awful. Clemmings was really beyond awful. Lest we forget the brittle past of Sam Bradford…..one lapse from the LT could destroy our season. We better go out and get someone.

    If the Vikes have a weakness, it is the offensive line. Too many missed blocks and an obvious inability to open up running lanes against any defense.

    -Vikes fan

  48. gtodriver says: Oct 11, 2016 9:55 AM

    gaetz23 says:

    Zimmer is not Mike McCarthy, nor is he Mike Tice.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    And we’re happy he’s not either one of those guys.

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