The Minnesota Vikings suffered its most costly loss of the season in a 41-17 blowout on the road against the Green Bay Packers.

Not only did the loss cost the Vikings the No. 2 seed in the NFC, but Minnesota suffered significant injuries at key positions in the process.

The Vikings’ offensive line is in serious disarray after losing depth at key positions on Sunday. Back-up center Austin Schlottmann, who started in place of the injured Garrett Bradbury, fractured hie left fibula, according to head coach Kevin O’Connell.

With Bradbury sidelined from back injuries suffered in a car accident, Minnesota now turns to its third-string center Chris Reed if Bradbury is unable to make his return.

Unfortunately, center isn’t the only position the Vikings have to worry about. Right tackle Brian O’Neill left the game with a calf injury in an attempt to chase down Packers cornerback Darnell Savage after a Kirk Cousins pick-six.

O’Neill will have an MRI on Monday, which will determine the severity.

Protection has been an issue for Minnesota all season long. Cousins has taken his fair share of hits, though he’s managed to have an impressive season while constantly under duress. Being shorthanded on the offensive line presents a difficult challenge with the Vikings gearing up for some of the NFL’s most tenacious pass rushing units in the postseason.

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