Ezra Cleveland ruled OUT for Sunday’s Game

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Big blow. Ezra Cleveland ruled OUT for Cowboys Game

It can’t all be good news.

In what has been a night and day difference from the seemingly never-ending flow of negative news only a few weeks ago to what up until today has been sunshine, lollipops and rainbows.

The keywords there being “until today”.

It’s been reported that rookie right guard Ezra Cleveland will be out for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. Cleveland has been a catalyst for what has been a resurgent offensive line, and his loss could be huge for a Vikings team that loves to run the ball, and orchestrate long, methodical drives.

Cleveland will be replaced by veteran Brett Jones, of which head coach Mike Zimmer said today:

“Jonesy is a great kid, works real hard, very, very smart, very analytical. Tough, competitive, a guy that everybody in the room loves.”

Cleveland reportedly injured his ankle during the opening drive of the Monday Night game in Chicago, and while he played through the rest of the game perhaps the short week was too short for Cleveland and the Vikings.

This could also be an argument as to why you don’t cut Pat Elflein, especially if this injury lingers, but as long as the team doesn’t have to go back to Dru Samia they should be okay especially against the lowly Cowboys.