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T.J. Clemmings Says He Expects To Start At Left Tackle

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Because, hey, why not?

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Earlier this week, there was a bit of speculation that the Minnesota Vikings could move left guard Alex Boone to the (once again) unoccupied left tackle spot in the wake of Jake Long’s injury.

Apparently, that’s not going to happen.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the left tackle job will once again go to T.J. Clemmings, with Jeremiah Sirles slotting in at right tackle.

Clemmings took over at left tackle after Matt Kalil’s season ended after Week 2. He started five games at left tackle, and then moved back to the right side when Long was ready to handle full-time work on the left side. Now, Clemmings will get another opportunity to prove that he can handle protecting Sam Bradford’s blind side.

The Vikings’ offensive line is getting a little thin, but this is apparently the fix that Mike Zimmer and Pat Shurmur have come up with for now. We’re an injury or two away from the opportunity to play left tackle for the Vikings becoming a prize on a Minnesota Lottery scratch-off ticket, but hey. . .maybe this time will be different, right?

Right?