The Vikings bumped rookie T.J. Clemmings up to the first team after right tackle Phil Loadholt’s torn Achilles, a move that shored up their starting line but left them shorter on depth heading into the regular season.
That depth has taken another hit. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday that tackle Carter Bykowski needed to have shoulder surgery, although multiple reports are that Bykowski actually tore his pectoral muscle and that he will miss the 2015 season as a result.
It’s the fifth time a Vikings player has torn his pectoral in the last year. Zimmer said earlier this summer that the Vikings have worked to figure out how to do a better job of preventing those injuries, which knocked Loadholt and guard Brandon Fusco out of the lineup last year.
The Vikings have seventh-round pick Austin Shepherd, recently signed Stephen Goodin and oversized Polish import Babatunde Aiyegbusi in reserve at tackle and backup guard David Yankey has been seeing some time there during practice as well. Zimmer said Wednesday, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, that the team will “continue to look” for players at the position.