MINNEAPOLIS -- Right tackle Phil Loadholt has decided to retire from the NFL after seven seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings placed Loadholt on the reserve/retired list Monday, four days before training camp begins. Loadholt, a second-round draft pick by the Vikings out of Oklahoma in 2009, missed the entire 2015 season because of a torn Achilles tendon. He missed the last five games of the 2014 season due to a torn pectoral muscle. "I'll always love this game and the opportunity to do something I dreamed about since I was seven years old, but my body is telling me it's time to hang up my cleats," Loadholt said in a statement. Prior to those injuries, Loadholt missed only one game.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Considering how much of the spring was spent on debates between Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, and how two teams, the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, made major trades to draft the quarterbacks with the first two picks, training camp kicks off in late July with very little buzz about the NFL’s top rookie passers. Goff, the No. 1 overall pick by the Rams, will likely wind up as the starter in Los Angeles. But the job has not been awarded to him yet. The other first-rounders, Wentz, who went to the Eagles with the second pick, and Paxton Lynch, drafted by the Denver Broncos at No. 26, will start camp as their teams’ respective No. 3 quarterbacks, and could wind up inactive