The Vikings lost a key member of their offensive line Thursday when left guard Nick Easton was placed on injured reserve because of a bulging disk in his neck.
Head coach Mike Zimmer made the announcement at a news conference. Easton hadn’t practiced since last Friday because of the injury. He started 12 games in 2017 and five games the year before, playing both center and guard.
Minnesota signed Easton to a one-year, $2.9 million contract in free agency. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Vikings also are missing center Pat Elflein (ankle/shoulder) and right guard Mike Remmers (ankle).