Vikings tackle Brian O’Neill won’t play Sunday at Chicago after suffering ‘significant’ injury

Vikings tackle Brian O’Neill won’t play next Sunday at Chicago after suffered a “significant” injury, head coach Kevin O’Connell said Monday.

O’Neill suffered a calf muscle injury in Sunday’s 41-17 loss at Green Bay, and was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. O’Connell said it’s too early to determine how long O’Neill will be out.

Against the Packers, the Vikings also lost center Austin Schlottmann with a broken fibula above his left ankle. He is expected to be out for the rest of the season.

O’Connell called Sunday’s injuries “a huge loss for the team.” Schlottmann was replaced by Chris Reed and O’Neill by Oli Udoh. Reed and Udoh are both expected to start at Chicago.

O’Connell called O’Neill, a 2021 Pro Bowl selection, a “pillar over there on right side” of the line. While it’s not known yet the extent of his injury, Vikings defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson did miss four November games with a calf muscle injury.

Reed was Minnesota’s third-string center, with Schlottmann starting in place of Garrett Bradbury the past four games. Bradbury has a back injury, and O’Connell is hopeful he will return this season. However, O’Connell said it’s not certain if he will be back for the first playoff game on the weekend of Jan. 14-15.

O’Connell said the Vikings will work to get Reed up to speed this week with quarterback Kirk Cousins. He said the team hasn’t ruled out signing another center. For now, he said possible backups to Reed are practice-squad players Josh Sokol and Kyle Hinton.

Related Articles