The Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman left during the middle of Tuesday’s practice and it was reportedly due to him suffering an ankle injury.
Dealing with injuries on the offensive line has become a consistent issue for the Minnesota Vikings since Mike Zimmer became the team’s head coach in 2014.
The trend has continued this year with Pat Elflein beginning training camp on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, Rashod Hill missing time with a stomach illness, and Mike Remmers finishing Tuesday’s practice in a walking boot on the sidelines.
When speaking with the local media after practice on Tuesday, Zimmer declined to reveal any details about the injury Remmers sustained. Up until recently, all that was known was that the Vikings offensive lineman injured something on his left leg.
Well, apparently Remmers suffered an injury to his left ankle on Tuesday according to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin. The injury is nothing to worry about at this point, but Cronin did also mention that the Minnesota blocker will likely have to sit out a couple of the team’s upcoming practices.
Remmers’ diagnosis is definitely a relief for the Vikings. Minnesota is lucky that his injury is not expected to keep him out of action very long and that he should be healthy enough to return before the regular season.
However, Remmers being sidelined could hinder his transition from tackle to guard. Training camp is the time to develop and get familiar with a new position. Now with his injury, the Vikings offensive lineman has to put his position switch on pause until he is able to get back onto the field.
Minnesota has barley been in training camp for a week and the team has already been faced with a number of obstacles related to the offensive line.
There is still plenty of time before the regular season begins, but the worry-level regarding the Vikings’ blockers is definitely trending higher than the team would prefer right now.