On just the second play of the the Vikings home preseason opener with the Buccaneers on Saturday night, Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt suffered a nasty Achilles tear on a run-blocking play. Below is the video of the injury, which appeared to be a non-contact one.
Loadholt, 29, missed five games last season, but had played at least 15 in each of his first five seasons. Loadholt was a second round pick in 2009 and immediately settled into the right tackle position.
After word spread that the injury was serious, the Vikings confirmed it is a likely Achilles tear, an injury that would assuredly end his season.
Fourth-round pick T.J. Clemmings is the favorite to replace Loadholt.
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