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If Geoff Schwartz suffers a setback in his recovery from sports hernia surgery then DeMarcus Love or Quentin Saulsberry will benefit.
Eight: Matt Kalil, Charlie Johnson, John Sullivan, Brandon Fusco, Phil Loadholt, Joe Berger, Geoff Schwartz, Patrick Brown
The first seven names on this list are set-in-stone. They have made Minnesota’s roster and the first five are likely to be Minnesota’s starting offensive line on Sept. 9.
Joe Berger has the ability to play either guard position and center. He started seven games for Minnesota in 2011 and his knowledge of the offense makes him a valuable member of a unit that experienced much turnover in the offseason.
Geoff Schwartz is a player to watch as he recovers from his sports hernia surgery. The injury was suffered on Aug. 4, and his recovery time is projected at 4-6 weeks. He’s expected back in time for the opener but if he isn’t than one less lineman will be cut.
Patrick Brown by no means has a tight grasp on the final offensive lineman position. DeMarcus Love and Quentin Saulsberry are also in the mix.
Like Berger, Saulsberry can play center or guard but can also lineup at tackle. His flexibility is very attractive.
Love is currently battling a pectoral injury that is hindering his chances of making the squad. Depending on when he returns to action and how healthy he is he could be a real player for the final spot.
Brown has the edge because he was the only player of the three to get any game experience in 2011.