Minnesota Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt is one of the best at this position, and his run blocking is truly a wonder to behold. As a whole, the Vikings have an excellent offensive line, and John Sullivan, Matt Kalil (he played through an injury last year), and Loadholt are true treasures in this league up front. And with the way Brandon Fusco broke out last season, the Vikings blocking up front will be even better for Adrian Peterson.
Loadholt left yesterday’s preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a lower leg injury, and ESPN NFL Nation’s Ben Goessling reports that the star RT will have to undergo an MRI. That said, it’s probably just a precaution, because the Vikings don’t think there’s anything serious here.
Head coach Mike Zimmer stated that team doctors don’t think the injury is major, “They don’t believe it’s anything real serious.”
This is excellent news, as an injury of any significance to Loadholt would be a tough blow for the Vikings offense, as the line and running game are two obvious strengths for this team. The Vikings backup tackles are underwhelming, and I’ve never been a fan of Fresno State rookie Austin Wentworth’s game.