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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Vikings Injury Update: Phil Loadholt out for the season

By on 11/25/2014 03:15:00 PM

The Minnesota Vikings offensive line has for the most part struggled this season, and now they'll be without another starter going forward. Right tackle Phil Loadholt was injured last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, and he is now out for the season after being diagnosed with a torn pectoral. On Monday, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Loadholt is likely to undergo surgery on Friday.

Mike Harris stepped in for Loadholt on Sunday, and he's expected to be Minnesota's starting right tackle for the rest of the season. This is Harris' first season with the Vikings, after going undrafted in 2012 and spending his first two seasons with the San Diego Chargers. If he starts Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, it will be the 13th start of his career.

The Vikings have already been doing without starting right guard Brandon Fusco, who suffered a torn pectoral of his own back in September.

Loadholt has two years remaining on his contract, so he will surely be back as the Vikings' starting right tackle next season. But with this injury and his ordinary play this season, a contract restructuring looks possible during the offseason.

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