Report: Loadholt suffered torn Achilles

AP

The 2015 season for Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt is in jeopardy after he suffered an apparent Achilles injury just two plays into the Vikings-Bucs preseason game Saturday night.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, citing a source, was first to report the nature of the injury.

Loadholt limped off with the assist of a member of the Vikings training staff. Soon after, a report on the TV broadcast by former Vikings linebacker Ben Leber said the injury was “not good” and that Loadholt had tears in his eyes while awaiting the cart to be taken to the locker room.

Loadholt had started 89 of 91 career games before he missed the final five games of 2014 with a torn labrum. A powerful run blocker who’s listed at 6’8, 345, his loss is a significant one for a Vikings offense that plans to welcome back running back Adrian Peterson for the regular-season opener.

He was replaced by fourth-round rookie T.J. Clemmings, who played right tackle at Pitt.

62 responses to “Report: Loadholt suffered torn Achilles

  1. Sad news to see an injury like this, no matter if you’re a fan of the team or not. I hope his recovery goes well and he can get back on the playing field soon.

  2. Vikings need Clemmings to step up HUGE. Loadholt is a monster of a man and maybe the top run blocking RT in the league. Big time loss for what was already the biggest question mark for the Vikings, offensive line. Loadholt’s career might be over

  3. Soft! Do more yoga!

    Oh wait, I forgot I’m not a MN troll who laughs at injuries and I’m actually a Packer fan (not troll, we have our own) who gives a crap about integrity.

    Hopefully he’ll be good to go next season at 100% if it’s as bad as they say it is cause he’s talented as heck.

  4. FIRST PLAY of the preseason game!!!! (i know it was the vikes 2nd game but still….)

    Big Man – GET WELL SOON – GET ON THE REHAB TRAIN (CHOOO-CHOOO) all aboard

    pull a SUGGS out this injury and make it back for NOVEMBEr

    BEST WISHES BIG MAN!!! we all hate to see these injuries in a meaningless game

    and i love the way the announcers are making these pre-season games – why cant they be honest and tell us how this helps EVALUATE 2nd and 3rd stringers – WHAT DO STARTERS HAVE TO PROVE IN THE PRE-SEASON?????

  5. Sorry to see this. Beast of a man. Really was hoping to see Vikings/Packers series this year with both teams at full strength. Godspeed Mr. Loadholt.

  6. As a Packers fan, we hate to see injuries. We always want to compete against the best the other team has to offer.

    😦

  7. Good offensive lineman. Tough break for the Vikings. I Think Evan Mathis is still available to sign. The first teamers looked good tonight.

    davebarnes21 is a flag hit…. Away from becoming the biggest troll ever.

  8. I hate even thinking about injuries to the Achilles. Honestly, if I tore mine, I’d probably cry too. Can’t blame him for that. Hope he come’s back from it like nothing happened.

  9. beatingontrolls4food says:
    Aug 15, 2015 10:44 PM
    Good offensive lineman. Tough break for the Vikings. I Think Evan Mathis is still available to
    sign. The first teamers looked good tonight.

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    Evan Mathis is a guard won’t serve too good trying to even attempt to play him at tackle.

  10. This leaves us with an extremely inexperienced right side of the line, with rookie Clemmings at RT and journeyman Mike Harris at RG after playing tackle his whole career. How about signing Evan Mathis to play RG and then cobble together a RT between Harris and Clemmings? They’ll need to do something.

  11. Don’t the Vikings play 5 preseason games this year? That’s friggin’ ridiculous. Four is too many. Five is insane. It’s just that much more opportunity for injury. Preseason sucks.

  12. Pretty easy to see the difference between the classy fans and the trolls.

    “Unlike horrible Viking fans, I don’t want other teams’ players to suffer season-ending injuries. I’m awesome.”

  13. “Loadholt’s carrer might be over”

    Only if he doesn’t work hard at rehab. Vince Wilfork came back from a torn acl and played at a very high level last year.

  14. hawktawker says:
    Aug 15, 2015 10:48 PM

    Unlike a LOT of Vikings fans who seem to revel in the injuries to other teams’ players, I wish Loadholt well in his recovery and return.
    ________________________________________

    So true.
    Unfortunately, this will probably be the 1st in a truckload full of excuses for why the Vikings season gets derailed.

    Preseason injuries are terrible.
    I sincerely hope Loadholt makes a full and speedy recovery.
    Good luck.

  15. What’s with all of the Achilles and acl tears already this season!? Guys are dropping like flies. I don’t remember these kind of things happening so often 10-15 years ago.

  16. What’s with all of the Achilles and acl tears already this season!? Guys are dropping like flies. I don’t remember these kind of things happening so often 10-15 years ago.

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    I’ve wondered for several years if given the size of these and the force that they play, if the human body has just reached it limits….nobody matter how big or well conditioned these athletes are, the components of the body just can’t handle the strain that is placed on it.

  17. The solution has been used effectively by the Packers during injury-prone stretches.

    Next man up.

  18. Good luck Phil. We will be praying for a swift recovery.
    Man this injury bug is getting old, this is the 3rd season in a row the OL has lost players, last year 3 of 5 starters were down. But Clemmings looked good the plays he was in.

  19. Unfortunately, this will probably be the 1st in a truckload full of excuses for why the Vikings season gets derailed.
    ——
    Huh? While this injury is bad, it’s nothing like losing TB or AP. No excuses. Somebody will fill in.

  20. codythao35 says:
    Aug 16, 2015 12:49 PM
    Even my granny can block the washed up Pepper.
    ////////////////////////////////

    Last time I saw her, blocking was not what your granny was doing with Peppers.

  21. This is a tough loss. Even though Loadholt has been pretty mediocre for us, we don’t have anyone to fill his shoes.

    I’m a bit concerned with what we are doing with Bridgewater. It’s nice that he’s been efficient, but we can’t win with him being a checkdown QB. Zimmer needs to take the training wheels off.

  22. The solution has been used effectively by the Packers during injury-prone stretches.

    Next man up.

    ==============

    Oh, please tell us how it’s done…

  23. Peppers had a better season then any Vikes d-lineman?
    have you heard of Everson Griffin? The d end with the 3rd most sacks in the season? or Barr before he missed the final 5 games. Just like all you trolls. No facts, just wrong opinions.

  24. Peppers had a better season then any Vikes d-lineman?
    have you heard of Everson Griffin? The d end with the 3rd most sacks in the season?
    ————–
    There is more to being a good player having a great season than only sacks. Griffen got abused as a run defender and only forced 1 fumble.

    Peppers had only 5 fewer sacks, 11 passes defended, 4 forced fumbles, and 2 INT’s he returned for touchdowns. That is a lot more production than Griffen had and comparing Barr is laughable. He didn’t have even close to the season Peppers had.

    Plus, Peppers isn’t a punk like Griffen who is a well documented head case and overall bad person. That’s why he fell so far in the draft.

  25. dcviking says:
    Aug 16, 2015 2:02 PM
    Oh, please tell us how it’s done…
    ///////////////////////////////////////

    Well, it’s like this; you need to have faith in your coaches and player personnel directors to get the back-up player ready for his chance at fame and fortune. This is his chance. Make the most of it…….like many many Packer players have done.

    Like that.

  26. When your a packer fan, this makes sense..
    peppers, 29 solo tackles, 7 sacks. 2 td’s.
    griffin, 41 solo tackles, 12 sacks, 1 td
    barr, 55 solo tackles, 4 sacks, 1 td

    What is your definition of production again?
    Oh thats right, packer logic..

    And yet ted Thompson decided to waiste yet another 1st round pick on a d-end that year and passed on griffin 3 times. And since being drafted, griffin has signed a 60+ million dollor contract and has stayed out of trouble.
    So who is the head case?

  27. stellarperformance says:
    Aug 16, 2015 6:14 PM

    dcviking says:
    Aug 16, 2015 2:02 PM
    Oh, please tell us how it’s done…
    ///////////////////////////////////////

    Well, it’s like this; you need to have faith in your coaches and player personnel directors to get the back-up player ready for his chance at fame and fortune. This is his chance. Make the most of it…….like many many Packer players have done.

    Like that.

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    wow, thanks for the brilliant insight…so knowledgable

  28. What is your definition of production again?
    Oh thats right, packer logic..

    And yet ted Thompson decided to waiste yet another 1st round pick on a d-end that year and passed on griffin 3 times. And since being drafted, griffin has signed a 60+ million dollor contract and has stayed out of trouble.
    So who is the head case?
    ————————
    Apparently you just make up stats and post them here? Griffen had 0 TD’s last year.

    Also, if you had any clue you would know that the Packer play a 3-4 defense, not a 4-3. Griffen is too small to play DE in that scheme. And using a bad contract as justification? I bet you think Mike Wallace is good because he got signed to a stupid FA contract that vastly overpaid him?

    And BTW…if you want to talk about passing on players in the draft, I’ll be happy to do that with you.

    With the 1st pick of the NFL draft AFTER the Vikings select Troy Williamson and Erasmus James…..the Green Bay Packers select Aaron Rodgers. SKOLOLOLOLOLOL

  29. I’m sorry he got hurt for him but a lot of the fans are victims of revisionist history because Loadholts idea of blocking was pushing a guy and hoping he didn’t readjust to hit the QB or a just flat out letting the guy run around him. Besides getting his ankle nearly torn off by the Saints I’m surprised Favre didn’t die the next year the way PL let people just run right by him. It has continued that way for the last couple seasons. This may be a blessing in disguise like when Bledsoe’s injury gave birth to Brady.

  30. codythao35 says:
    Aug 16, 2015 7:44 PM

    For the guy above, last time I check Pepper was no factor. If either got block by my granny or oh maybe you were with her.
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    Wait… Whut?

    Speedy return, Phil. No real football fan likes to see injuries to any team.

  31. Vikings Suck Donkey Dong says:Aug 16, 2015 9:42 PM

    What is your definition of production again?
    Oh thats right, packer logic..

    And yet ted Thompson decided to waiste yet another 1st round pick on a d-end that year and passed on griffin 3 times. And since being drafted, griffin has signed a 60+ million dollor contract and has stayed out of trouble.
    So who is the head case?
    ————————
    Apparently you just make up stats and post them here? Griffen had 0 TD’s last year.

    Also, if you had any clue you would know that the Packer play a 3-4 defense, not a 4-3. Griffen is too small to play DE in that scheme. And using a bad contract as justification? I bet you think Mike Wallace is good because he got signed to a stupid FA contract that vastly overpaid him?

    And BTW…if you want to talk about passing on players in the draft, I’ll be happy to do that with you.

    With the 1st pick of the NFL draft AFTER the Vikings select Troy Williamson and Erasmus James…..the Green Bay Packers select Aaron Rodgers. SKOLOLOLOLOLOL

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    Mike Wallace had 10 td’s last season with a Tannenhill who throws the deep ball about as good as Christian Ponder… It’s too early to determine if he was over-paid or not.

  32. Just for the sake of accuracy, Griffen had one TD last year on a blocked punt return. Also, he would have been an ideal outside linebacker in a 3-4. He fell in the draft due to character concerns and he had a couple of issues his first year or two. Since then, he has grown up and been a model citizen, and he showed last year that he was worth the contract they gave him.

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