The Minnesota Vikings have dug about as deep as they can into their roster to maintain the offensive line, after allocating plenty of offseason resources to the position on which their Super Bowl hope could hinge.
Two weeks ago, they even took a flier on an injury-waylaid veteran. Pressed up against the salary cap and hesitant to part with young players or more high draft picks after the steep price of acquiring quarterback Sam Bradford, they likely won’t be able to make a deal for another blocker before the trade deadline next week.
This group, then, is what the Vikings must work with in order to preserve Bradford’s health, let alone give him time to throw, and keep up a championship chase.
“I think it’s just playing better with what you have. I mean, what are you going to do? There’s not much you can do. It’s not like you’re going to go down to Carl’s Jr. and find somebody,” said left guard Alex Boone, perhaps unaware that the fast-food chain doesn’t have any locations close to Minnesota, where he is in his first season after signing as a free agent from San Francisco.
Bradford was sacked six times, losing fumbles on two of them , and intercepted once under pressure during a rough performance at Philadelphia that stuck the Vikings (5-1) with their first defeat and prompted coach Mike Zimmer to describe the line’s play as “soft.”