Another week, another offensive line reshuffling due to injury. Same old, same old for the 2016 Minnesota Vikings.
The team officially announced the move of Jake Long to Injured Reserve on Tuesday after he tore his Achilles against the Washington Redskins on the penultimate play of the game Sunday. Long is the fourth tackle the Vikings have lost since Training Camp in August. Matt Kalil and Andre Smith have already been placed on IR while Phil Loadholt retired before the regular season.
To replace Long the Vikings have signed tackle Rashod Hill from the Jacksonville Jaguars Practice Squad. Hill is a rookie that was signed by the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Mississippi. If you don’t know anything about Hill, don’t worry—there isn’t much to know yet. Hill was active for Jacksonville’s Week 3 game against the Baltimore Ravens but didn’t play a single offensive or special teams snap. That one game encompasses the entirety of his NFL career thus far. Hill is such an obscure player that he isn’t even in Madden 17. It is fairly clear that the Vikings simply need bodies along the offensive line at this point. From what little we know about Hill at this point, we’re fairly certain he has a body.