Long-snapper Loeffler is shelved by fracture

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 29, 2011 - 6:34 AM

The Vikings will need to find another long-snapper.

hide

Cullen Loeffler

Photo: Adam M. Bettcher, Associated Press

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

You know it's been a long NFL season when your long snapper fractures something called the "sacrum," a large triangular bone at the base of his spine.

"I guess it's kind of the old saying, 'When it rains, it pours,' " said the Vikings' Cullen Loeffler, who also dealt with a rotator cuff injury two weeks ago. "For whatever reason, it seems I've been on the losing end of things lately."

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier called it a significant injury requiring a minimum of two weeks and up to six weeks of recovery time. With only five weeks left in the season, Loeffler could end up on injured reserve as early as this week. His streak of consecutive regular-season games played will end at 123, 21 short of Mike Morris' team record for a long snapper.

Frazier said Monday that the Vikings will work out long snappers and sign one this week. Defensive end Jared Allen made four snaps on punts and two on PATs without any problems, but he's only the emergency long snapper.

At least one of Loeffler's teammates is irate with Falcons special teamer Kerry Meier for delivering the hit that likely ended Loeffler's season during Sunday's 24-14 loss in Atlanta.

Chris Kluwe, the team's punter and holder, wrote via Twitter, "To the Falcon that cheap-shotted Loeffler -- I hope someone does the same ... to you and knocks you out for the rest of the year too."

Meier landed a legal block to Loeffler's chest. Loeffler was outside the right hash marks when he turned left to pursue returner Eric Weems, who was outside the left hash marks -- about 10 yards away -- and moving quickly past Loeffler. Loeffler wasn't going to make the tackle, but he wasn't entirely out of the play either.

"It seemed to have been a legal hit," Loeffler said. "Now, I wasn't that close to the returner. ... That's part of the game. That's what happens in returns like that. Unfortunately, you're vulnerable."

Injuries, injuries

Another player who could be heading to injured reserve is safety Tyrell Johnson. Frazier said Johnson suffered a "significant" hamstring injury that probably will sideline him for "a while."

Johnson started in place of Husain Abdullah (concussion) for the second consecutive week but was injured early in the second quarter. He was replaced by rookie Mistral Raymond, who could make his NFL starting debut Sunday if Abdullah is held out another week.

Cornerback Asher Allen, who left Sunday's game late in the first quarter, has a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. Frazier said Allen will be "day-to-day" and his status will depend a lot on how much pain he can tolerate.

Receiver Michael Jenkins also came out of the game because of a knee injury that Frazier said could "cause him to miss some time." The Vikings expect to know more about Jenkins' status Wednesday.

And, finally, running back Adrian Peterson, who missed the game because of a high left ankle sprain, has a chance to play this week, according to Frazier.

"He is improving," Frazier said. "So that is encouraging for us."

Bad execution

Frazier dismissed reports of Falcons players saying they knew which play the Vikings would run on fourth-and-goal from the 1 late in the game. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon knifed in off the left side of the line and dropped Toby Gerhart for a 2-yard loss.

"I don't have a problem with the play. I have a problem with the execution of the play," Frazier said. "If we block it the way it's supposed to be blocked, it's a touchdown. Whether they knew it or not, we didn't block the play.

"There are a lot of plays that we run in our offense that people are going to know that Adrian Peterson is going to get the football in this situation, they've still got to stop the play. That's not unusual. They've still got to stop the play."

It was right guard Joe Berger's responsibility to pull and kick out the outside defender on that play. Berger pulled, but blocked the wrong guy when he turned upfield early.

Etc.

• As of Monday morning, the Vikings had fewer than 3,000 tickets remaining for Sunday's game against the Broncos. They have until noon Thursday to sell out and avoid their first home television blackout since the end of the 1997 season.

• The Vikings added tight end Mickey Shuler to the practice squad, according to his agent. Shuler was a seventh-round choice in 2010 who was claimed by Miami after the Vikings waived him early in the season. He played for the Dolphins last season, but was waived this year and claimed by Cincinnati, where he failed a physical in September.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Baltimore - LP: K. Gausman 1 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 4
Houston - WP: T. Sipp 5 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: C. Allen 1
San Francisco - WP: T. Hudson 10 FINAL
Washington - LP: D. Fister 3
St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 4 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: K. Kendrick 5
Chicago WSox - LP: D. Webb 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: D. Robertson 4
Tampa Bay - WP: D. Smyly 8 FINAL
Toronto - LP: M. Stroman 0
Atlanta - WP: D. Hale 3 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: M. Parra 1
Seattle - WP: D. Leone 5 FINAL
Boston - LP: K. Uehara 3
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 6 FINAL
Texas - LP: C. Lewis 3
Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke 8 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: Y. Gallardo 3
Detroit - LP: R. Ray 6 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: R. Pressly 20
Miami - WP: H. Alvarez 13 FINAL
Colorado - LP: F. Morales 5
San Diego - LP: O. Despaigne 1 FINAL
Arizona - WP: J. Collmenter 5
LA Angels - LP: J. Grilli 3 FINAL
Oakland - WP: S. Gray 5
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 2 FINAL
Los Angeles - WP: D. Haren 6
Carolina 7 FINAL
New England 30
NY Giants 35 FINAL
NY Jets 24
Jacksonville 12 FINAL
Detroit 13
Oakland 21 FINAL
Green Bay 31
Chicago 6 FINAL
Seattle 34
Tampa Bay 3:30 PM
Buffalo
Tennessee 6:00 PM
Atlanta
Dallas 6:00 PM
Miami
Washington 6:30 PM
Baltimore
New Orleans 7:00 PM
Indianapolis
Minnesota 7:00 PM
Kansas City
St. Louis 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Houston 8:00 PM
Denver
San Diego 8/24/14 3:00 PM
San Francisco
Cincinnati 8/24/14 7:00 PM
Arizona
Atlanta 8/28/14 5:00 PM
Jacksonville
Detroit 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Indianapolis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Kansas City 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Green Bay
NY Jets 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
St. Louis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 8/28/14 6:30 PM
NY Giants
Washington 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Tampa Bay
Baltimore 8/28/14 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Denver 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Dallas
Minnesota 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tennessee
San Francisco 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 8/28/14 9:00 PM
San Diego
Seattle 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Oakland
(21) Texas A&M 8/28/14 5:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Wake Forest 8/28/14 6:00 PM
ULM
Boise State 8/28/14 7:00 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Tulane 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Temple 8/28/14 8:15 PM
Vanderbilt
Rutgers 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Washington St
Weber State 8/28/14 9:30 PM
(19) Arizona State
BYU 8/29/14 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 8/29/14 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 8/29/14 9:30 PM
Arizona
UCF 8/30/14 7:30 AM
Penn State
Real Salt Lake 1 FINAL
FC Dallas 2
Montreal 16 FINAL
Winnipeg 24
Toronto 3:00 PM
Edmonton
Calgary 8/24/14 2:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 8/24/14 6:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 2:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Chicago 80 FINAL
Atlanta 77
Los Angeles 72 FINAL
Phoenix 75
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who would you rather have on your team?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close