The battle for right guard was shaping up to be one of the more intriguing storylines of camp and preseason but now one of the major combatants has dropped out and the outcome of that battle would appear to be a foregone conclusion. Geoff Schwartz, who was brought in on a free agent deal this offseason, will undergo sports hernia surgery and likely be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. This clears the path for second year lineman Brandon Fusco to claim the right guard job barring any unforeseen setbacks or an unexpected surge from Chris DeGeare.
It’s been a rough couple years for Schwartz on the injury front. His entire 2011 season was wiped out by a hip injury, and he came to the Vikings hoping to resurrect his career. Now this sports hernia issue which will almost certainly reduce him to a back-up role at least initially. Respected outlets like Pro Football Focus and PFT rated Schwartz as a potential free agency steal when the Vikings snapped him up but the caveat was health. Now we see why. He can he a very good player but his body keeps breaking down on him.