Last week Vikings DE Jared Allen faced a backup LT, with Green Bay’s starting LT Chad Clifton out because of an ankle injury. And Allen took advantage, tallying 4.5 sacks and wreaking havoc on Green Bay’s offense all night.
This week it’s the Vikings other starting DE – Ray Edwards – who might face a backup. Rams T Jason Smith, chosen in this past April’s NFL draft with the 2nd overall selection, has missed St. Louis’ previous 2 games and he once again appeared on the injury report yesterday.
Smith, who started the first 2 games of the season at RT, is dealing with a knee injury. The injury kept him from practicing during the week leading up to both Week 3 and Week 4. That’s the bad news for St. Louis. But the good news is that he was able to practice on Wednesday on a limited basis.
It’s far too early to speculate if Smith will be able to go on Sunday, and in fact it will probably be a game-time decision. But if Smith can’t go, former Viking Adam Goldberg will likely start in his place. Goldberg started at RT in both Week 3 and Week 4 for St. Louis.
Goldberg is an Edina, MN native and signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in May of 2003. He was acquired by St. Louis via trade from Minnesota in exchange for a 2008 seventh-round draft choice.
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