Vikings put Andre Smith on injured reserve

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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.

48 responses to “Vikings put Andre Smith on injured reserve

  1. 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. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. +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.

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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.
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    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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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).

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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    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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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?

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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.
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    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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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

  33. 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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