Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt spoke for the first time since the Vikings placed him on injured reserve with a torn pectoral in the 24-21 loss against the Packers on Sunday.
Loadholt said it occurred on a pass play during the Vikings’ final drive in the game. He attempted to block a defender rushing inside and extended his arm too far, causing the tear.
“I wouldn’t have wanted anything more than to help my team out these last five games, but I’m going to do what I can to stay involved in meetings, help Mike [Harris] and the guys prepare as much as possible,” Loadholt said. “Hopefully we can continue to build and win these last five games.”
He’ll remain around the facilities like right guard Brandon Fusco, who was also placed on injured reserve earlier this season with the same injury. Loadholt will have surgery on Friday and expects to be fully healthy for training camp in July.
Harris will likely start at right tackle on Sunday against the Panthers, but the Vikings signed offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb off the street to fill the team’s open spot on the roster. Webb spent last season with the Vikings but hasn’t been on an active roster this season. He spent training camp with the Chiefs but was one of the final roster cuts after the preseason.
“It’s always good to be back with a team that you’re loyal with and have fun playing with,” Webb said. “I just got to think positive, learn everything I need to quickly and as fast as I can to help this team out as quick as possible.”
Webb, in his fifth season, was asked if he thought his career was over as he sat in Austin, Texas waiting for a team to call.
“Nah, I didn’t think I was done,” Webb said. “I just turned 26 years old (in August) and I’m still a big boy and ready to rock and roll. That thought never crossed my mind.”
Offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb, who spent time with the Vikings last season, announced on Twitter that he is rejoining the Vikings, who need another tackle with Phil Loadholt out for the season.
Webb, 26, played eight games for the Vikings last season. He was a backup swing tackle, but he did make one start at right tackle while Loadholt was sidelined in a Week 10 win against the Redskins.
Webb signed with the Chiefs this spring but did not survive final cuts at the end of the preseason.
Webb, who was a seventh-round pick of the Bears in 2010, is listed at 6-foot-7 and 333 pounds. He started 44 games in three seasons with the Bears before signing with the Vikings last season.
Head coach Mike Zimmer on Monday said that Loadholt, arguably the team’s best run-blocking offensive lineman, was out for the rest of the season with a torn pectoral. Backup offensive tackle Mike Harris, who filled in for Loadholt in Sunday’s loss to the Packers, is likely the next man up.
The Vikings have not announced the Webb signing, nor have they officially put Loadholt on injured reserve. The team is expected to make those moves tomorrow morning so Webb can practice.
Here’s that tweet from Webb:
I’m a Viking! Camera Gyrl, let’s ride or die! Everyone else—-move out the way!!! Go Vikings! http://t.co/4j4vRVTN0E
— J’Marcus Webb (@jmarcuswebb) November 25, 2014
The race for a Major League Soccer franchise is quite possibly nearing the finish line, and ahead of that one of the Minneapolis groups vying for a franchise is making one more push for visibility.
Two different Minnesota groups — the Vikings’ group led by the Wilf family and the Minnesota United group led by Bill McGuire — joined groups from Sacramento and Las Vegas last week in New York to make pitches to bring an expansion MLS franchise to Minnesota.
The United group would build a new soccer-specific stadium; the Vikings’ group would have a team play in its new under-construction stadium, and next Tuesday the Vikings are having an event at which they plan to unveil renderings for how pro soccer would look in a reduced-capacity version of that stadium.
The event — which is not open to the public — is at their stadium preview center, which is across the street from the new stadium site.
Also making an appearance at the event is ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman, who will “discuss the 2014 MLS season, preview the Dec. 7 MLS Cup and share why Minnesota should be excited about a potential MLS franchise,” per information from a media invite about the event.
The MLS Board of Governors will discuss expansion on Dec. 6, the day before the MLS Cup, and a decision to award an expansion franchise could come from those meetings.