The Minnesota Vikings determined that offensive tackle DeMarcus Love will likely require surgery on a pectoral muscle that he re-aggravated in Friday's 28-24 loss to the Houston Texans. The Pioneer Press reports that the injury had been bothering the left tackle throughout the preseason, and it has landed Love on the injured reserve list for Minnesota.
Love is a 2011 sixth-round draft pick out of Arkansas.
The injury to Love leaves the Vikings' offense line putting together the pieces. Starter Geoff Schwartz is still recovering from a sports hernia surgery earlier this month and fellow offensive lineman Pat Brown had been struggling with penalties. Brown was cut as the team trimmed its roster, but the team picked up offensive lineman Mark Asper.
The line has struggled to remain healthy this offseason. Love was banged up earlier in August and Brown suffered an MCL sprain around the same time. Meanwhile, Jeff Charleston suffered an ankle sprain.