October 14, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end John Carlson (89) runs with the ball against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 38-26. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Concussion Will Likely Keep John Carlson Out Of Thursday's Game

John Carlson needs a good game to turn his season around and stop people from writing things like this about him. But that big game won’t happen Thursday night against the Bucs. Carlson is almost certainly out for Tampa Bay after suffering a concussion. The Vikings will likely bring up Allen Reisner from the practice squad unless they want to roll with two tight ends. Actually, the way the offense has been going, two tight ends might be one too many.

For Carlson, the worry wasn’t so much his status for this week as his long-term health. This isn’t his first concussion after all. But Leslie Frazier addressed that matter on Tuesday and said Carlson should be fine down the road. “He’s not down,” was how Frazier phrased it. Maybe not health-wise, but production-wise…let’s not get into it. It’s been a black hole of a season so far for Carlson. It started with his training camp injury. And now we’re seven games into the season and he still can’t seem to get into the flow of the offense at all. Lately he’s been losing snaps to Rhett Ellison who is a better blocker.

And that brilliant two tight end offense Bill Musgrave was supposed to be putting together? Yeah. Not holding my breath for that.

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