Injuries becoming a concern on the Vikings' offensive line

You might not recognize guys who were on the first team during Monday's practice.
Publish date:

If you don't want your anxiety level about the Vikings to rise, you should probably stop reading right now. 

Injuries are mounting along the offensive line and a report from ESPN's Courtney Cronin is especially disconcerting. Cronin reports that guard Nick Easton is looking to get a second opinion on neck and back injuries that have kept him sidelined since late last week. 

It's unclear what his injuries are, but it's usually a bad sign when a player looks for a second medical opinion. 

Easton's injury comes while starting center Pat Elflein is on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing offseason ankle and shoulder surgeries, and right guard Mike Remmers has been out for the past week after rolling his ankle during the first full pads practice of training camp. 

All of this comes just weeks after offensive line coach Tony Sparano died of heart failure, leaving the team in mourning and trying to piece together the coaching staff. 

The first team offensive line during Monday's training camp practice included at least one player who most fans have probably never heard of. 

  • LT: Riley Reiff
  • LG: Tom Compton (should be Easton)
  • C: Cornelius Edison (should be Elflein)
  • RG: Danny Isidora (should be Remmers)
  • RT: Rashod Hill

Basically, the Vikings are playing without two starting guards and their center, although Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reported Monday that Elflein should be back to practice within the next two weeks. 

We should also avoid panicking about Remmers unless someone on the team says his ankle injury is more serious than it appears to be. 

All in all, these injuries likely mean quarterback Kirk Cousins will make his debut in Saturday's preseason opener against the Broncos behind a tattered offensive line, but there's still a month before the regular season begins, which leaves the Vikings plenty of time to get healthy. 

Next Up

MCF Oak Park Heights

COVID-positive inmate at Oak Park Heights prison dies

He becomes the fourth prison inmate to die from the virus.

Screen Shot 2020-11-23 at 1.08.19 PM

2-ton smoker stolen from Twin Cities chef Thomas Boemer

Boemer is the chef behind restaurants including the popular Revival.

Governor Tim Walz

Walz says relief package is coming for Minnesota small businesses

Walz is prepared to call a special session and pass the package immediately.

Governor Tim Walz

Watch live: Gov. Tim Walz COVID-19 press conference Monday

Walz will be introducing a new app that helps Minnesotans track COVID-19 exposures.

Screen Shot 2020-11-23 at 9.54.21 AM

Newly elected representative vows to flout Minnesota COVID-19 rules

He wrote to Gov. Tim Walz, inviting him to a backyard gathering ahead of Thanksgiving.

coronavirus, covid-19

Minnesota Hospital Association: We are out of time to be 'Minnesota Nice'

The group is launching an ad campaign that holds nothing back about the seriousness of the situation in Minnesota hospitals.


Best guesses to the Vikings' starting offensive line

Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers are the only locks to start, it seems.

Pat Elflein, offensive line

Vikings essentially rebuilt entire interior of offensive line

Blue chip rookie Garrett Bradbury will anchor the line.

'Possibility' Dalvin Cook plays, Riley Reiff injury has o-line in flux

If Cook returns he might be playing behind a shuffled offensive line.

Pro Football Focus sums up bad Vikings offensive line

"It's no secret that the Vikings' offensive line has struggled badly."

Pro Football Focus sums up bad Vikings offensive line

"It's no secret that the Vikings' offensive line has struggled badly."


Offseason preview: How can the Vikings fix the offensive line?

They were better in 2019, but still need some retooling this offseason.