Vikings lose tackle Carter Bykowski for the season

AP

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.

30 responses to “Vikings lose tackle Carter Bykowski for the season

  1. We want to see Babatunde on the field. He is obvious HOF material — and leads the current competition in the NFL most-unpronouncerable name competition.

  2. “It’s the fifth time a Vikings player has torn his pectoral in the last year, a trend that Zimmer said earlier this summer that the Vikings have worked to figure out how to do a better job of preventing them.”

    Understand that you’re trying to get these articles out quickly, but how did you even construct that word jumble?

  3. TJ Clemmings was replacing Phil all the way but I still don’t like to see these injuries piling up. TJ has looked good too.

  4. Guess you move OL to the top of the list of team needs for next years draft. What once looked like a talented, deep group is suddenly one injury away from panic. They now have a 6th rd OT as our primary RG backup. A 7th rd as our RT backup to our 4th rd pick, and a Polish FA that get burned on every snap as our LT backup.

    If the Vikings don’t announce an addition via trade or FA pickup sometime today I’d be shocked.

  5. Maybe Zim should have had the guys do some yoga in the offseason.

    Thanks for the 4-12 season coach!!

  6. Geez! What are the Queens doing to their players to get all of these pectoral muscle tears?
    They better hope that they don”t start doing something that damages tiny hands.

  7. This is a little disheartening. I remember going through this when Tice was the coach. We were grabbing offensive linemen and cornerbacks (Wasswa Serwenga or something like that) and watching them fail miserably. There were no replacements to be had. This is where Spiellmann should earn his money.

  8. Losing Loadholt was a bummer as he is an absolute mauler in the run game. Bykowski was on the bubble anyway, so I don’t see this as such a big loss, but I feel for the kid. He is one of many young, raw, talented offensive lineman, but we’re only going to keep 8, maybe 9, so makes that decision easier. It would be nice to get Yankey healthy to see what he can do.

  9. Zim needs to bite the bullet and go get Long .. or maybe even Mathis .. then address OL in next seasons draft .. OL often have longer careers in the NFL than most positions other than QB .. If you want to make this a successful season, then reach out and grab a “seasoned” lineman .. Ijs ..

  10. After the last roster cut, there will be plenty of offensive tackles available that are better than the backups they have now. As long as Clemmings can hold his own and not get hurt, they will be fine. Adrian Peterson’s running and Teddy Bridgewater’s quick decision making and ability to move in the pocket can make an offensive line look better than it is.

  11. Babs was on the field in the TB game – played in the last series at RT. He had 2 actual plays and then the kneel-downs.

    First snap, he turned inside and pancaked the NT, then engaged the right DE and prevented him from pursuing the ball carrier.

    Second snap he stood the left DE straight up in his tracks and didn’t let him move until Babs released him.

    Not saying he’s game ready, but FAR from getting burned.

  12. 1969 you really take this sports sh it like it is your only fking game, really? Who gives a fk if the vikiqueens ever win another fking game, fk dude this is entertainment pal, and maybe you should take a whack at being a head coach in the NFL , then the Vikings could hire you as their genius coach and maybe win a championship someday! I bet!

  13. With all the pectoral muscle injuries the Vikings have sustained over the last year or so, it sounds like they need
    to hire a new strength and conditioning coach or at the very
    least, revise that program.

  14. With all the pectoral muscle injuries the Vikings have sustained over the last year or so, it sounds like they need
    to hire a new strength and conditioning coach or at the very
    least, revise that program.

    Not a Vikings fan, (obviously by my user name) but
    Zimmer will fix that issue. He doesn’t put up with BS at all! He’s going to be a good Head Coach! He was a hell of a defensive coordinator in the past. At least he was in Cincinnati.

  15. Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of having Babs on the Vikes. It’s definitely worth taking a shot on ‘project-type’ player such as him. BUT…. anyone thinking that this guy, just cuz he is massive, is the answer to the OL issues needs to go back to NFL fan school. His highest level of football is some league in Germany and you think that translates, along with his massive physique, to a starting position and, some think, on a path to the HOF? Ridiculous! His lack of foot speed alone will prevent him from seeing any action even of he does make the team. Best case scenario for Babs? Maybe, just maybe, a spot on the practice squad.

  16. jonlizzard says:
    Aug 20, 2015 12:28 PM
    1969 you really take this sports sh it like it is your only fking game, really? Who gives a fk if the vikiqueens ever win another fking game, fk dude this is entertainment pal, and maybe you should take a whack at being a head coach in the NFL , then the Vikings could hire you as their genius coach and maybe win a championship someday! I bet!

    ——————————–

    I’ll try to convince him to take a whack at being a head coach in the NFL, if you take a whack at learning how to read and write the English language.

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