Vikings HC Mike Zimmer confirmed Monday that they are placing LT Jake Long on injured reserve with an Achilles injury, per Chris Tomasson.
This shouldn’t come as a big surprise, seeing as Zimmer admitted last night that Long was likely out for the season following the injury.
The Vikings’ offensive line has been decimated by injuries this year, which forced them to sign Long a month ago. However, it looks like they need to figure out a new solution at left tackle, which may include moving G Alex Boone over there.
Long has dealt with knee injuries over the past few years, so hopefully this doesn’t end up being another major knee injury.
Long, 31, is a former No. 1 overall pick by the Dolphins back in 2008. He spent five years in Miami before signing on with the Rams as an unrestricted free agent during the 2013 offseason.
Long has unfortunately dealt with multiple ACL tears over the past few years, which led to him signing a one-year deal with the Falcons last year as a reserve lineman. The Vikings gave him a one-year contract back in October.
In 2016, Long has appeared in five games for the Vikings.