The Minnesota Vikings right tackle should be good to go for the team’s matchup with Miami on Sunday.
There were plenty of negatives coming out of the Minnesota Vikings’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, but just as glaring as John DeFilippo’s play calling was the performance of the offensive line.
The group of Riley Reiff, Tom Compton, Pat Elflein, Mike Remmers and Brian O’Neill couldn’t do much of anything against the Seahawks front four and toward the end of the game, O’Neill exited the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury.
Fortunately, as the Vikings gathered for practice on Wednesday morning, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Andrew Krammer spotted O’Neill walking around the locker room and reported on Twitter what he observed.
This development is a welcome one for a unit that has not only been ineffective, but blasted by injuries this season. Continuity has also been a problem for the Vikings as Reiff, Elflein and Nick Easton (who is out for the season with a neck injury suffered in August) have all missed significant time due to injuries and different combinations of players have been tried to see if the team can find something that works.
Although he was deemed to be a project who needed to bulk up in order to be a right tackle as being a second-round pick out of Pittsburgh last April, O’Neill has surprisingly been one of the Vikings’ best offensive linemen in 2018 and has taken command of the right tackle position for Rashod Hill. In his rookie year, O’Neill has been steady if not spectacular and still is prone to the occasional bull rush — something that will be in play when the Minnesota Vikings take on Miami’s Cameron Wake this Sunday.