It has been a bad year for the Vikings’ offensive line. Minnesota lost right guard Brandon Fusco in September when he suffered a torn pec of his own and they watched understudy Vlad Ducasse go down with a knee injury the next month.
Loadholt, 28, has two years remaining on the $25MM contract extension he signed prior to the 2013 season. Lineman Mike Harris filled in for Loadholt against Green Bay and will likely start in his place for the remainder of the year.
ProFootballFocus.com (subscription required) was very high on Loadholt’s plan in 2013 as he earned an overall rating of +25.0. He didn’t grade out as well this season, but his +0.2 overall rating still put him a tick above the league average.