Vikings need rookie TJ Clemmings to step up after Phil Loadholt injury

Veteran right tackle Phil Loadholt is done for the season after tearing his achilles in Saturday’s preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so now a rookie is getting the nod.

T.J. Clemmings, selected in the 4th round, is now being fast-tracked and will get the start this week. The youngster feels he is ready and his coaches are pushing him to be ready, feeling that he can handle the job.