And the Minnesota Vikings' offensive line derby loses another participant.
Offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, a Minnesota native that played his high school ball for Mike Grant at Eden Prairie High School, had surgery on Wednesday to repair. . .yep. . .a torn pectoral muscle. The team has placed him on injured reserve, meaning that his season is over.
Bykowski is the fifth member of the Vikings to have suffered some sort of pectoral injury over the past 12 months, joining guard Brandon Fusco, offensive tackle Phil Loadholt, cornerback Josh Robinson, and defensive end Brian Robison. Fusco and Loadholt's injuries ended their 2014 seasons, while Robison's injury delayed his preparations for the 2015 season. Robinson is still on the Phyiscally Unable to Perform List because of his injury. Like Loadholt and Fusco's injuries, it apparently occurred in the course of a game.
The team also announced that defensive tackle Shamar Stephen had his knee scoped, but the team expects him to be back for the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers on 14 September.
So, the Vikings' roster is back down to 89 players after the Bykowski injury. No word at this time as to who the Vikings might sign to fill that spot on the roster.