Following their loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings once again managed to have injury added to their insult. Literally.
Head coach Mike Zimmer said that offensive tackle Jake Long tore his Achilles tendon on the second-to-last play of the loss at FedEx Field, which would mean that his season. . .and likely his NFL career. . .has come to an end.
The injury happened on a drive where the Vikings were making a push to at least tie the game with seconds left on the clock. Long was blocking a Redskins defender and got pushed back, falling awkwardly on his leg. He wound up having to be carted off of the field, and Zimmer made the confirmation of the injury at his post-game press conference.
Minnesota signed Long during their bye week in an effort to shore up an offensive line that has been having issues all season. After a rough start, Long was really starting to round into form over the past week or so. Unfortunately, he will not have an opportunity to build on that.
No word yet on how the Vikings will be shuffling the offensive line this time around, but Tony Sparano and company are going to have to figure something out in short order with the Arizona Cardinals coming to town next week.
Once again, offensive tackle Jake Long tore an Achilles tendon at the end of Minnesota’s loss on Sunday and is done for the 2016 season.