The Minnesota Vikings have the makings of a team that could surprise a few people in the 2015 NFL season.
The Vikes have star running back Adrian Peterson back after spending last year on the sidelines, while they managed to trade for explosive wideout Mike Wallace to give Rookie of the Year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater a good target to aim for.
However, their offense has just taken a hit with the news that the Vikings have just lost offensive tackle Carter Bykowski for the entire 2015 season.
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According to a report from Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer revealed after practice today that Bykowski had to undergo surgery.
He failed to mention that said surgery would be keeping the lineman out for the entirety of the Vikings 2015 NFL campaign.
Reports state that Bykowski suffered a torn pectoral muscle injury, which would be the 5th time that a Vikings player has suffered that injury in the last year or so.
Zimmer said earlier this summer that the Vikings have worked to figure out how to do a better job of preventing those injuries, which knocked right tackle Phil Loadholt and guard Brandon Fusco out of the lineup last year. It seems that plan hasn't worked.
Zimmer also said that defensive tackle Shamar Stephen would miss some time after having his knee scoped out. However, in contract to Bykowski, Stephen should be back for the Vikes season opener against the San Francisco 49ers.