During a minicamp practice in May, he went down on the FieldTurf of the Vikings' indoor practice facility and grabbed his left knee. He was helped from the field and held out the rest of the practices. It was later determined that he had torn his left anterior cruciate ligament.
Goodspeed has spent time with the St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers since coming to the NFL from Notre Dame, but he spent last season out of football. He was one of the Vikings' first signings under new head coach Brad Childress.
The Vikings have not used the fullback position in several seasons, but with Childress switching the offense to the West Coast style, that position is now back in play. Tony Richardson was expected to be the starter, but Goodspeed was the next most experienced fullback on the roster.
Goodspeed played in all 16 games with the Rams in 2004. He rushed only three times for 6 yards, but caught 11 passes for 71 yards.
Early in his career in San Diego, Goodspeed became a solid blocker who was adept at picking up the blitz.
At Notre Dame, he was a good all-around player who made a quick impact as a freshman in '96 and was considered similar to former Irish fullback standout Marc Edwards in style, with tough, physical, blue-collar work ethic a primary attribute.
Prior to signing with San Deigo, Goodspeed had stints with Pittsburgh (2000) and New Orleans (2001).