Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tackle Phil Loadholt (71) blocks against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Report: MRI Shows Phil Loadholt Injury Only Minor

Phil Loadholt put a scare into Vikings Nation Saturday night when the big man was forced to momentarily leave the Chiefs game with an apparent leg injury, pushing rookie UDFA Austin Wentworth into action at right tackle.

Matt Cassel was particularly disturbed by Loadholt’s departure, as Wentworth promptly allowed a Chiefs pass rusher to go right by him and force the QB into fumbling the football out of bounds for a safety.

Cassel and everyone else associated with the Vikings breathed a big sigh of relief when Loadholt returned to the game on the next series. After the game, it was revealed that Loadholt would still be given an MRI on his leg as a precautionary measure.

According to a report, Loadholt indeed underwent the MRI Sunday morning and nothing alarming was found. Loadholt’s injury is being characterized as a bruise and nothing more.

It sounds like Loadholt will be ready for the season opener in a couple weeks against the Rams. In the meantime, the Vikings might want to scour the waiver wire in search of a little offensive tackle depth.

If Loadholt’s momentary departure from Saturday’s game served any larger useful purpose it was to show Rick Spielman that Austin Wentworth isn’t ready to be a backup tackle.

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