Bryant McKinnie exits with dislocated finger, says he's OK
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NEW ORLEANS -- One of the Minnesota Vikings' worst fears came true on Thursday night -- at least temporarily.
A dislocated finger knocked left tackle Bryant McKinnie out of the game early in the fourth quarter, forcing Phil Loadholt to switch sides and Ryan Cook to take Loadholt's place at right tackle on the Vikings' final offensive series.
Loadholt was flagged for holding on the fourth play of the series, backing up a drive that had reached the Saints' 43-yard line and ended in a punt. The Vikings didn't touch the ball again.
McKinnie, who was carted off the field, returned to the sideline in the game's waning minutes, showed his right hand to offensive line coach Pat Morris and appeared ready to return.
"I'm doing pretty good," McKinnie said after the game. "I'll be fine."
Left tackle was one of the positions at which the Vikings had no clear backup in training camp. One of their toughest cuts on Saturday was Patrick Brown, whom they hoped to re-sign to the practice squad but was claimed by the New York Jets.