The Vikings' offensive line has struggled this season – and a change may be coming.
It might not be the one on the left side many fans seem to be clamoring for, however.
Vlad Ducasse, who started the past four games at right guard for the Vikings after Brandon Fusco went down for the season with an injury, participated fully in practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
But on Friday, Ducasse wasn't with the first team.
Instead, Joe Berger was in his place.
When Mike Zimmer was asked if that meant Berger would be starting against the Bucs, the head coach said, " I don’t know, we’ll see."
The Star Tribune spoke to Berger, who said he "may or may not know" what his status is for Sunday.
"He’s a smart guy," Zimmer said when asked about the 10th-year pro. "He’s been doing everything he’s supposed to do. He’s been able to play multiple positions and he’s got good chemistry in the room."
Berger played last week in the Vikings' last-second loss to the Bills. He came in at center after starter John Sullivan suffered a concussion early on. DuCasse went out at the same time with a knee injury and was replaced by Mike Harris.
Sullivan is probable for the Tampa Bay game, meaning the line will likely look like this: Matt Kalil, Charlie Johnson, Sullivan, Berger and Phil Loadholt.
After the Blls game, Kalil – the target of much criticism this season – moved up in the Pro Football Focus rankings. But not by much.
Starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was sacked five times by Buffalo.
More injury news
Two of the Vikings' key defensive players could miss the Buccaneers game with injuries.
Josh Robinson, who has had his most successful year as a pro in Zimmer's scheme, injured his ankle in Thursday's practice and did not participate Friday. He's questionable to play. And linebacker Gerald Hodges, who looked good filling in for the previously injured Chad Greenway, is doubtful with a hamstring issue. He missed Sunday's Bills game as well.
Here's the full Vikings injury report.