By Scott Taylor
So the Minnesota Vikings won another meaningless game, this time 26-16 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Trouble is, it appears as if their right offensive tackle, Phil Loadholt, is done for the season.
After the second play from scrimmage, Loadholt went down and was carted off the field. Preliminary tests indicated that Loadholt had torn his left Achilles tendon. Loadholt will have an MRI on Sunday.
Loadholt, 29, hadn’t missed a start in more than five years before he tore his pectoral muscle last season and it sidelined him for the final five games. A second-round draft pick in 2009, he’s in the third year of a $25 million contract. He signed after the 2012 season and became one of the highest paid right tackles in football when he blocked for Adrian Peterson during Peterson’s 2,097-yard campaign.
T.J. Clemmings, a rookie fourth-round pick out of Pittsburgh, took over at right tackle after Loadholt’s injury. It’s still a question as to whether Clemmings will start in Loadholt’s place when the season begins on Sept. 14 in San Francisco.
“We think it’s a torn Achilles,” said Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer after the game. “It’s not 100 percent sure yet, but we’re pretty sure. It’s disappointing for Phil, because he worked so hard and because he’s a great person.”
The big question is, “Why does he have to play these stupid preseason games anyway?”
Sure, it was great that the Vikings won 26-16 over Jameis Winston and the Bucs. Sure, it’s great that Zimmer is now 6-0 in the preseason. But once again, a starter is hurt in a game that does not matter.
When the media geniuses throughout the league start muttering that star players shouldn’t play late in the season when playoff spots have been secured, they might want to think about the preseason first. Saturday night’s game – a game in which Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went seven-for-eight for 86 yards and backup Shaun Hill went eight-for-nine for 104 yards and two TDs – was another preseason success for the Vikings if you overlook a terrible injury to the team’s No. 1 right offensive tackle.
I doubt the Vikings are overlooking that today.
Don’t forget, you can see the Minnesota Vikings live this season!!!! Garry Shymko, the mastermind behind Shymer Tours has a tremendous schedule of 2015 Minnesota Vikings games lined up. Our tour schedule is all set up and you’re invited to head to TCF Bank Stadium with us this season.
This year, games start at $359 per tour and that includes a ticket to the Vikings game, your bus trip to the Twin Cities and two nights accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express in Bloomington, just an eight-minute walk from Mall of America. I’ll see you at TCF Bank Stadium for the Lions on Sept. 21.
Here are the tours:
Lions vs Vikings | Sept 19-21, 2015
Chargers vs Vikings | Sept 26-28, 2015
Packers vs Vikings | Nov 21-23, 2015
Seahawks vs Vikings | Dec 5-7, 2015
Bears vs Vikings | Dec 19-21, 2015
Take it from me, these trips are sensational. And don’t forget, we hold court at most of them on Saturday afternoon at the Buffalo Wild Wings at Mall of America while enjoying great food and watching the best NCAA football games from around the United States.
Here’s how you get on the bus:
1. A non-refundable $200.00 per person deposit is required at time of booking. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the scheduled event.
2. Payments may be made by Cash, Cheque, PayPal/Visa/Mastercard.
3. All payments are non-refundable.
4. U-Drive confirmations will be mailed upon receipt of deposit. Event tickets, maps and directions will be mailed upon receipt of final payment.
5. Bus Tour package confirmations will be mailed upon receipt of deposit. Event tickets, hotel accommodations, miscellaneous information will be mailed out approximately two weeks prior to the event.
Just go here: http://www.shymertours.ca to check out all the sensational tours this year. And don’t forget, the Vikings are waiting for you at TCF Bank Stadium.