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Eden Prairie, Minn. — When Phil Loadholt limped off the field in the first quarter last weekend, Vikings fans started going through all the lists of available free agents and trades their team could make to fill the 6-foot-8, 345-pound hole at right tackle created by his injury.

A day after an MRI confirmed what Vikings officials feared, offensive coordinator Norv Turner indicated no big changes were afoot.

Loadholt will miss the season with a torn left Achilles tendon, and Turner said rookie T.J. Clemmings would slide in to replace the veteran in the starting lineup.

Turner did not rule out other moves later in the exhibition season, but for now the Vikings appear to be moving forward with the fourth-round draft pick as their preferred option.

“He’s a young player with a bright future and he’s going to have to step it up,” Turner said of Clemmings before practice Monday.

Loadholt has been a steady presence on the Vikings offensive line for the past six seasons. He’s been a starter since he entered the league as a second-round pick out of Oklahoma and was coming back this season after missing the final five games of last season with a torn pectoral muscle.

With Loadholt and left tackle Matt Kalil returning to full health after injury-filled seasons last year, the Vikings hoped the offensive line was in position to perform much better than the unit that struggled in 2014.

They moved right guard Brandon Fusco to left guard to replace the departed Charlie Johnson and slid right tackle Mike Harris to right guard in the revamped unit.

One of the speculative scenarios first introduced in the wake of Loadholt’s injury was for the Vikings to bring in free-agent Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis and move Harris back out to right tackle.

But Turner said the team has been pleased with the way both Fusco and Harris have performed in their new positions through the first two exhibition games, indicating a reluctance to do such major shuffling with the Week 1 opener at San Francisco three weeks away.

“I’m sure we’re going to look at all the different options that are there, but if T.J. plays like he did (last weekend) and like he did in that first game and keeps growing as a player and continues to play well out here, he should be able to be a very competitive player in this league,” Turner said.

The 6-5, 309-pound Clemmings, a mauler in college at Pittsburgh, was considered by many scouts to be a first-round talent.

Clemmings fell to the fourth round after concerns about a foot injury and has shown no ill effects while playing in training camp.

When asked if he feels like he’s ready to step in and be the starter, Clemmings was careful to express confidence in himself while acknowledging the learning and improvement yet to come.

“I’d say I feel like I’m getting ready; I’m getting there,” he said. “Every day is just about getting better and improving and not making the same mistakes.”

Personnel dept.

Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney returned to practice on a limited basis for the first time since microfracture knee surgery in December.

The Texans, however, aren’t sure when the former No. 1 opverall pick will play in a game.

... Philip Rivers says the commitment by the Chargers in giving him a four-year, $84 million contract extension outweighs the uncertainty caused by the team’s apparent desire to move to Los Angeles.

“Unless something changes, I’m going to be a Charger, wherever we are,” Rivers said.

... The Cardinals and running back Chris Johnson have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.

Johnson, who turns 30 next month, played last year with the Jets after spending his first six seasons with the Titans.

... Browns backup center Ryan Seymour has been suspended four games by the NFL for a banned substance.

... Calling it “terrible news,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said backup linebacker Ty Powell sustained a potentially season-ending injury to his right knee during a joint practice with the Browns.

... A sore knee has sidelined left tackle David Bakhtiari in Packers training camp, and it’s unclear if he will play Sunday on the road against the Steelers.

... The Buccaneers signed right tackle Gosder Cherilus to a two-year contract.

Cherilus, 31, a former Lion, was cut by the Colts and had a tryout with the Lions earlier this month.

Extra points

Former NFL players who object to terms of the potential $1 billion concussion settlement are filing appeals with a federal court in Philadelphia.

About a dozen appeals are expected on behalf of about 90 ex-players.

... Washington president Bruce Allen made clear the team would not reconsider whether to change the team’s nickname if it became a political barrier to building a new stadium in the nation’s capital or elsewhere.

The club currently plays at FedEx Field — which opened in Landover, Md., in 1997 — and has started exploring sites for a new facility, even though its lease there runs until 2026.

... Former wide receiver James Thrash has been hired jointly by the NFL and the players’ union as an appeals officer for on-field player discipline.

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