Vikings offensive line injuries piling up

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The Vikings walked into Charlotte injured. They limped out with another offensive line injury, which calls into doubt their ability to sustain themselves the next three weeks.

Left tackle Riley Reiff left in the third quarter with an ankle injury. According to Ben Goessling of the Mineapolis Star Tribune, Reiff was carted to the locker room, and was wearing a walking boot after the game. He didn’t talk to reporters, and coach Mike Zimmer’s reaction to questions about his level of concern was: “I don’t know.”

They were already playing without center Pat Elflein because of a shoulder problem, and right tackle Mike Remmers missed his fifth straight game (two with a back problem after three with a concussion).

That left them scrambling when Reiff went down, with replacement right tackle Rashod Hill flipping to the left, and Jeremiah Sirles came in to play right tackle, amid their other preexisting moves. Nick Easton, who competed for and lost a guard job, was starting at center for Elflein.

As a result, quarterback Case Keenum was sacked six times and hit seven times, well off the normal level of protection he’s enjoyed.

“I think [offensive line coach] Tony Sparano does a great job of shuffling those guys around in practice,” Keenum said. “Heck, I got a lot of snaps with Nick Easton in the preseason, as far as being at center. He has played the position, too, for a long time. You move them around and do lots of different things. It takes some adjustments, but I think communications-wise, they do a great job.”

The Vikings have been here before. They were 5-0 last year when the injuries arrived in bulk, and a 3-8 finish derailed their hopes. They’ve built up a bigger margin this time, but if Reiff’s missing time, it might be hard to avoid a similar fate.

33 responses to “Vikings offensive line injuries piling up

  1. This team is a fluke! No one fears the overrated Vikings.

    I also heard they have (0) NFL Championships, which is a fact.

  2. Even as a Packers fan, I don’t see any way the Vikings don’t win the division this year. With a defense as good as theirs, you can still be in every game. With my Packers and their high school level defense, we need the best QB on the planet to keep them off of the field.

  3. detroitsportsfan11 says:
    December 11, 2017 at 7:51 am
    This team is a fluke! No one fears the overrated Vikings.

    I also heard they have (0) NFL Championships, which is a fact.

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    Actually, not a fact. The Vikings won the last ‘pure’ NFL Championship after they beat the Cleveland Browns 27-7 on 1/4/1970. They lost Super Bowl IV a week later to Kansas City, but the Vikings-Browns tilt was the 37th and final NFL Championship before the AFL-NFL merger became complete with one league (NFL) and two conferences (AFC and NFC), also in 1970.

  4. The Vikings should be fine. I mean they are super deep…but just in case they flounder, its a good idea to have the excuses ready.

  5. In every Viking Fans heart…….We don’t want to see Aaron Rodger…..We are scared of the Boogymen..BOO !

  6. Steven allog says:

    In every Viking Fans heart…….We don’t want to see Aaron Rodger…..
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    Who’s afraid of Rodgers? We’ve beaten him in 3 of his last 4 starts against us.

    Rodgers doesn’t play defense.

  7. Back on topic…

    Hopefully Remmers and Elflein make it back this week. I’d prefer to let Reiff’s ankle get healthy for the playoffs.

  8. Reiff is the biggest concern and also Rudolph, who didn’t finish the game. Hill is a backup for a reason and once again Peppers has a huge play that turns momentum when he plays the Vikes. The ride with Keenum has been fine so far, but last two weeks teams are playing the Vikes differently. Keenum….why not audible out of a run up the middle on 1st and goal from the six with a stacked 8 man box? Good QB’s will do that, Sam would have done it. Keenum will not beat a good team in the playoffs. And Rhodes….damn man, drama queen every week? Activate Sam off IR for the playoffs, as he will be eligible, if he is 100%. Start him!! Case is only a reliever. Next year, let overachieving Case, and Teddy go and sign Cousins. Vikes need a big arm, Cousins needs a good team and a fresh start.

  9. Check the facts. Easton didn’t compete for a lose a starting guard spot, he has been the starting left guard all season. He played well enough for them to dump Alex Boone. He only moved over to replace Elflein.

    All that said, it Reiff, Elflein, and Remmers are all out, the Vikings are in trouble and it will look like last year with the issues on the OL. The were surviving missing one guy (Remmers), struggled a little more with Elflein out, and were really having trouble late yesterday with all three out. But, what OL in the NFL isn’t going to struggle with three starters out?

  10. We’ve seen it a hundred times. The best regular season record doesn’t mean success in the playoffs. The teams going in Hot and with limited injuries are the ones that make it through. With Wentz down, Vikings have a great opportunity, but can they stay healthy enough? It’s why we love the NFL, just when you think you have it figured out…. you don’t.

  11. Cincy, gb and Chicago. We need home field throughout playoffs but we cannot overlook any of our remaining games. But to be able to rest and heal the OL is important. Going to have to rely on the D. Hopefully they play better than the Panther game.

  12. um, pretty its mathematically impossible to go 8-8 if you’re 10-3.
    nice math though.

    I do think it’ll be hard for green bay to make the playoffs at 7-9, however.

  13. Defense needs to play big against Cincinnati next week, to support the ailing o-line. Win the division and they’ll have two games to get healthy before the playoffs. But I’m a vikes fan and am fully aware that my team rarely does anything without considerable angst.

  14. Vikings and packers will be nothing in the playoffs this year.

    Pack won’t make it and vikings will win one game and then lose their next game.

  15. Actually, not a fact. The Vikings won the last ‘pure’ NFL Championship after they beat the Cleveland Browns 27-7 on 1/4/1970. They lost Super Bowl IV a week later to Kansas City, but the Vikings-Browns tilt was the 37th and final NFL Championship before the AFL-NFL merger became complete with one league (NFL) and two conferences (AFC and NFC), also in 1970.

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    Do you really feel better after this hilarious justification rant? The Viking lost the Superbowl that year, no cares about some pre-merger “so called” championship against the Browns.

    The Vikings have never won a Superbowl, get over it.

  16. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says:
    December 11, 2017 at 10:22 am
    Actually, not a fact. The Vikings won the last ‘pure’ NFL Championship after they beat the Cleveland Browns 27-7 on 1/4/1970. They lost Super Bowl IV a week later to Kansas City, but the Vikings-Browns tilt was the 37th and final NFL Championship before the AFL-NFL merger became complete with one league (NFL) and two conferences (AFC and NFC), also in 1970.

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    Do you really feel better after this hilarious justification rant? The Viking lost the Superbowl that year, no cares about some pre-merger “so called” championship against the Browns.

    The Vikings have never won a Superbowl, get over it.

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    It is what it is, dude. Detroitsportsfan stated the Vikings have never won an NFL Championship. Not true – look it up yourself – and you will see that it is true. The dude did not say Super Bowl. Only stating the facts man.

  17. Rieff is the biggest concern for me. Hopefully, it’s not any more than a one or two game deal.

    Elflein practiced most of the week so I’m guessing he would have played if it were a playoff game and will be back next week.

    I haven’t heard much about Remmers mysterious back injury, but it did take him 4 weeks (including bye) to recover from a concussion, so I assumed Hill was just outplaying him, thus the “back injury”. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back next week.

    Morgan being out yesteday is the biggest loss that no one has talked about. He’s one of the top blocking TEs in the NFL and was sorely missed. He should be ready to go next week as well.

    Bottom line, if Reiff is the only o-linemen we’re missing, Vikes should have no problem winning their next 3 games. Get him healthy for the playoffs.

  18. Funny that someone who’s a Detroit fan should throw jabs about another franchise when Detroit hasn’t made one Superbowl appearance.

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    detroitsportsfan11 says:
    December 11, 2017 at 7:51 am
    This team is a fluke! No one fears the overrated Vikings.

  19. Look, I like to laugh at the Vikings as much as the next guy. I like laughing at their “fans” even more.

    The facts:

    –Vikings fans claim Rodgers ‘chokes’ when he doesn’t win the Super Bowl. Well, that would mean that the Vikings have choked for their entire existence.

    –Vikings fans claim Rodgers is soft because he broke his collarbone on a hit that should never have happened, when their ‘savior,’ little baby Teddy, got hurt by grass.

    This part is opinion, but I can assure you that it is the opinion of the vast majority:

    You guys should just stop talking. We’d all be better for it.

  20. I hope Reiff is able to return soon, but even if he has to miss significant time, he has five weeks until the Vikings’ first playoff game (assuming they can beat three bad teams without him). If he’s ready for the playoffs, that’s the important thing. Not hearing much about Rudolph’s injury. If he’s out for a while, that’s a big problem.

    I don’t mind losing three or four games a season, but I’d hate to have injuries affect the playoff games.

  21. These things happen when a GM ignores his Offensive line for 5+ years except for 5 and lower round players. they look good until one or two.. gets injured..

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