Offensive lineman Scott Kooistra joined the Vikings in the 2011 offseason with a “decent but unspectacular” reputation preceding him.

Unfortunately, a preseason spinal injury barely allowed the Vikings enough time see Kooistra be either decent or unspectacular.

Following the injury, and subsequent surgery to repair his spine, it seemed highly unlikely that Kooistra would ever play in the NFL again, but his agent Joe Linta says the recovery process is going well and that Kooistra would “love” to suit up again.

The problem at the moment, however, is that Kooistra has yet to receive clearance to return to the gridiron.  Due to become an unrestricted free agent in March, Kooistra is unlikely to get signed by the Vikings or anyone else until he receives clearance to play.

Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN mentions in a recent article that Kooistra was poised to push Phil Loadholt for the starting job at right tackle (which was news to me), so perhaps the Vikings will be the first team to give him a physical after he receives clearance to play.