The Minnesota Vikings are without their starting quarterback, their Hall of Fame running back, their starting left tackle and now their starting right tackle.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer revealed right tackle Andre Smith will undergo surgery Tuesday for a triceps injury and will be placed on injured reserve.
Coach Zimmer announces that Andre Smith will have surgery tomorrow.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 10, 2016
Searching desperately for offensive line help, Zimmer also confirmed the team worked out free-agent tackle Jake Long. The four-time Pro Bowl selection might be beyond his prime, but he could serve as a reliable fill-in option for Smith. Zimmer said he wasn’t sure if the team would ultimately sign the 31-year-old blocker.
All of these injuries make it even more amazing that the Vikings are sitting at 5-0. And Minnesota isn’t a fluke, either. The Vikings have won their last three games by double-digit margins and are doing it with Sam Bradford at quarterback and the league’s best defense.
However, it’s fair to question whether the absence of both starting tackles will be too much to overcome. Then again, Minnesota’s defense is so dominant it might not matter who gets injured on the other side of the ball.
Smith joins Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson and Matt Kalil as key Vikings on injured reserve. Third-year swing lineman Jeremiah Sirles could take Smith’s place if the Vikings don’t bring in outside help.