Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense16th133.3 (6th)220.2 (23rd)
Defense14th108.0 (13th)233.6 (15th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
31Abdullah, Ameer RB5-92036/13/19936Nebraska
5Bailey, Dan K6-01901/26/198810Oklahoma State
12Beebe, Chad WR5-101836/1/19943Northern Illinois
23Boone, Mike RB5-102067/30/19953Cincinnati
29Boyd, Kris DB5-112009/12/19962Texas
56Bradbury, Garrett C6-33056/20/19952NC State
67Brailford, Jordan LB6-325210/9/19952Oklahoma State
85Chisena, Dan WR6-32022/25/1997RPenn State
72Cleveland, Ezra T6-63115/8/1998RBoise State
2Colquitt, Britton P6-32103/20/198511Tennessee
83Conklin, Tyler TE6-32547/30/19953Central Michigan
57Connelly, Ryan ILB6-223610/3/19952Wisconsin
33Cook, Dalvin RB5-102108/10/19954Florida State
8Cousins, Kirk QB6-32028/19/19889Michigan State
58Cutting, Austin LS6-324510/27/19962Air Force
27Dantzler, Cameron CB6-21889/3/1998RMississippi State
40Davis, Todd ILB6-12305/17/19927Sacramento State
78Dozier, Dakota G6-43124/30/19917Furman
45Dye, Troy LB6-32319/18/1996ROregon
65Elflein, Pat G6-33037/6/19944Ohio State
32Fields, Mark CB5-1018110/10/19961Clemson
42Gedeon, Ben OLB6-224410/16/19944Michigan
20Gladney, Jeff CB5-1019112/12/1996RTCU
30Ham, C.J. FB5-112357/22/19934Augustana (S.D.)
38Hand, Harrison CB5-1119711/12/1998RTemple
41Harris, Anthony FS6-120210/9/19916Virginia
24Hill, Holton DB6-21963/28/19973Texas
69Hill, Rashod T6-63131/12/19925Southern Miss
90Holmes, Jalyn DE6-52831/25/19963Ohio State
21Hughes, Mike CB5-101892/11/19973UCF
18Jefferson, Justin WR6-12026/16/1999RLSU
81Johnson, Bisi WR6-02043/17/19972Colorado State
94Johnson, Jaleel DT6-33167/12/19944Iowa
 Jones, Chris DB6-02008/13/19952Nebraska
54Kendricks, Eric MLB6-02322/29/19926UCLA
92Lynch, James DT6-42891/20/1999RBaylor
4Mannion, Sean QB6-62304/25/19926Oregon State
25Mattison, Alexander RB5-112206/19/19982Boise State
44Metellus, Josh SAF5-112091/21/1998RMichigan
47Nickerson, Hardy MLB6-02351/5/19944Illinois
75O'Neill, Brian T6-72979/15/19953Pittsburgh
95Odenigbo, Ifeadi DE6-32584/8/19943Northwestern
17Osborn, K.J. WR5-112036/10/1997RMiami (FL)
71Reiff, Riley T6-630512/1/19889Iowa
 Riley, Curtis FS6-01907/18/19926Fresno State
82Rudolph, Kyle TE6-626511/9/198910Notre Dame
73Samia, Dru G6-53088/22/19972Oklahoma
11Sharpe, Tajae WR6-419412/23/19945Massachusetts
84Smith, Irv TE6-22428/9/19982Alabama
 Smith, Cameron ILB6-22353/26/19972USC
22Smith, Harrison SS6-22142/2/19899Notre Dame
93Stephen, Shamar DT6-53092/25/19917Connecticut
19Thielen, Adam WR6-22008/22/19907Minnesota State
74Udoh, Oli T6-63252/14/19972Elon
96Watts, Armon DT6-52957/22/19962Arkansas
50Wilson, Eric OLB6-12309/26/19944Cincinnati
98Wonnum, D.J. DE6-525810/31/1997RSouth Carolina
Injured Players
55Barr, Anthony (IR) OLB6-52553/18/19927UCLA
46Dorn, Myles (IR) SAF6-22056/25/1998RNorth Carolina
99Hunter, Danielle (IR) DE6-525210/29/19946LSU
43Iloka, George (IR) SS6-42253/31/19908Boise State
 Poling, Quentin (IR) LB6-12358/17/19941Ohio
79Willekes, Kenny (IR) DE6-32647/22/1997RMichigan State
Practice Squad
 Anderson, Abdullah DT6-32971/24/19962Bucknell
40Bargas, Jake RB6-225011/28/1996RNorth Carolina
64Brandel, Blake T6-73071/23/1997ROregon State
3Browning, Jake QB6-22104/11/19961Washington
76Collins, Aviante T6-42924/21/19934TCU
86Dillon, Brandon TE6-52504/30/19971Marian (Ind.)
68Hinton, Kyle G6-22952/27/1998RWashburn
15Hollins, Alexander WR6-117011/24/19961Eastern Illinois
61Jones, Brett C6-23157/29/19916Regina (Canada)
 Kirk, Luther DB6-219511/7/1996RIllinois State
48Lynch, Blake LB6-32252/14/1997RBaylor
51Mata'afa, Hercules DT6-22549/18/19953Washington State
 Sayles, Marcus CB5-1017510/1/19941West Georgia
7Stanley, Nate QB6-42358/26/1997RIowa
52Yarbrough, Eddie DE6-32594/24/19933Wyoming
 
 
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Position Listing
Kyle Hinton
No Updates
Holton Hill
News
Hill (foot) won't play in Sunday's game against the Falcons.

It was reported Friday that Hill was unlikely to suit up in the contest after he missed practice this week, so this news isn't surprising. Hill will miss his second straight game, and in his absence, Mike Hughes, Cameron Dantzler and Jeff Gladney will serve as Minnesota's top three cornerbacks Sunday.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for Week 9 vs. Detroit
Curtis Riley
News
Riley is set to sign with the Vikings on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Riley has been in the league since 2016, taking snaps for four different organizations. His best year was 2018 with the Giants, when he recorded 75 combined tackles and four interceptions while appearing in all 16 games. He did a appear in a few games for Arizona in 2020, but was demoted to the practice squad and later released in early-October. Riley, who should be available by Week 9, will help provide depth to cover the loss of Georgia Iloka, who was placed on IR last week after suffering a torn ACL.

D.J. Wonnum
News
The Vikings selected Wonnum in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 117th overall.

Wonnum (6-foot-5, 258 pounds) served as a three-year starter at South Carolina, where he led the team's edge rusher corps. Outstanding reach (34 and 1/8 inch arms) stands to be Wonnum's strongest tool at the next level, though he may face the obstacle of developing his pass-rush technique before earning a consistent role bookending Minnesota's defensive line.

Anthony Harris
News
Harris had eight total tackles in Sunday's 43-34 loss to Green Bay. He struggled in pass coverage, giving up two receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown on five targets, according to Pro Football Focus.

Minnesota's secondary struggled Sunday with a young set of cornerbacks torched by Aaron Rodgers. Harris may have been overcompensating for their struggles, but he also had a few key errors and a likely blown assignment on a big play. He should continue to put up solid tackle totals as the starting safety next to Harrison Smith.

Jake Browning
News
The Vikings signed Browning to the practice squad Tuesday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Minnesota waived Browning amid roster cuts over the weekend, and he'll now begin a second straight season on the team's practice squad. Fellow quarterback Nate Stanley will be around to provide competition.

Rashod Hill
News
Hill signed with the Vikings on Friday, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Hill geared up for 15 games in 2019 and started one contest, and he'll continue to add depth at tackle behind Riley Reiff and Brian O'Neill. Unless one of those two gets injured, however, Hill will watch most games from the sidelines.

Ryan Connelly
News
The Vikings claimed Connelly off waivers from the Giants Sunday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Connelly was a surprise cut in New York, as the 2019 fifth-round pick recorded 20 tackles, a sack, two pass breakups and two interceptions over four games before tearing his ACL. Although the Wisconsin product may have lost a step postsurgery, he could be an immediate contributor with the Vikings.

Dalvin Cook
News
Coach Mike Zimmer expects Cook (groin) to suit up Week 8 against Green Bay, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

The Vikings seemed to express a great level of optimism about Cook's status earlier in the week, and it doesn't appear the tune has changed after Cook logged a limited practice Wednesday. As long as he continues to get through the week without any meaningful setbacks from what was considered a minor injury from the beginning, Cook should be in uniform against Minnesota's division rival. He'll be facing a Packers team that gave up two touchdowns to Cook in a Week 1 loss, and also one that happens to be giving up the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs in standard formats.

Riley Reiff
News
Reiff and the Vikings are close to agreeing on a restructured contract, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

The Vikings offered Reiff a pay cut earlier this week, and it briefly looked as though the left tackle would part ways with the team, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that his agent wasn't able to negotiate a trade. He was set to carry a $10.9 million salary for 2020.

Chris Jones
News
Jones was claimed off waivers by the Vikings on Monday

The 25-year-old was waived by the Lions over the weekend, but the Vikings decided to pick him up off waivers. Jones appeared in only one game this season and figures to fill a depth role with his new team.

Jeff Gladney
News
Gladney started as the slot cornerback and had five total tackles, a tackle for a loss and a pass defensed in Sunday's loss to Tennessee.

Gladney got the start with both Mike Hughes and Cameron Dantzler out with injuries and played the second-most snaps among cornerbacks. He struggled in pass coverage, however, by allowing six of ten passes targeted at him to be completed for a NFL passer rating of 102.1, according to Pro Football Focus. The 2020 first-round draft pick continues to get early playing time and struggle amid Minnesota's woes against the pass.

Sean Mannion
News
Mannion agreed to terms Wednesday with the Vikings on a one-year contract, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Mannion is in line to return for another year as Kirk Cousins' backup, despite having underwhelmed in his lone extended action in Week 17 of last season. Of course, it's worth noting that his unimpressive showing came without the presence of Minnesota's top running backs (Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison) and top offensive tackles (Riley Reiff and Brian O'Neill). The Vikings could still bring in other competition for the backup job this summer.

Hercules Mata'afa
News
Mata'afa was waived by the Vikings on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old had one tackle in three games over the first five games of the season but has now lost his roster spot. Mata'afa could stick with the Vikings on the practice squad if he goes unclaimed on waivers.

Alexander Mattison
News
Mattison registered 26 rushing yards on 10 carries, also catching one of two targets for four receiving yards during Sunday's 40-23 loss to the Falcons.

Game script worked against Mattison heavily in this one, with the Vikings falling into a 20-0 deficit by the halftime break. The 22-year-old back got out to a hot start with seven yards on his first rush attempt of the day, but his other seven first-half carries yielded a total of only 19 yards. Mattison was explosive in relief of Dalvin Cook (groin) last Sunday night against the Seahawks, gaining 136 scrimmage yards on 23 touches while posting a 5.6 yards-per-carry average. His fantasy utility may be diminished in the near future, as NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Cook has an extremely strong chance to return following Minnesota's Week 7 bye.

Eric Kendricks
News
Kendricks made 14 tackles in Sunday's 40-23 loss to the Falcons.

For the fifth time in six games, Kendricks recorded double-digit tackles, as he's now up to a whopping 67 stops this season. The 2015 second-round pick is a top IDP option, and barring an injury, Kendricks should shatter the career-high 113 tackles he posted back in 2017.

Justin Jefferson
News
Jefferson hauled in nine of his 11 targets for 166 receiving yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 40-23 loss to the Falcons.

The rookie wideout resumes his dominant surge of production from Weeks 3 and 4, after enduring a down outing last Sunday night against the undefeated Seahawks. Seattle was able to contain the LSU product to just three receptions and 23 yards on five targets, a sharp decline from the 11 combined catches and 278 yards he produced over the preceding two outings. Jefferson had more than double the targets of typical No. 1 wideout Adam Thielen (five) during Sunday's loss to Atlanta, though that's only the second time in six outings this season that the rookie has out-targeted the two-time Pro Bowler. The Vikings will now be afforded a bye before returning to action Nov. 1 against the Packers.

Kyle Rudolph
News
Rudolph corralled three of his four targets for 47 receiving yards during Sunday's 40-23 loss to Atlanta.

The two-time Pro Bowler had averaged 1.4 receptions and 15.2 receiving yards per game heading into Sunday's matchup, but he tore off a 19-yard gain on an early-second quarter reception. Rudolph added another 19-yard catch on Minnesota's final offensive drive of the day, providing the veteran tight end with his highest receiving total since Week 15 of last year. Following the Vikings' Week 7 bye, Rudolph will face a Green Bay defense that just surrendered its first TE touchdown of 2020 during Sunday's loss to Rob Gronkowski and Tampa Bay.

Brett Jones
News
The Vikings waived Jones on Tuesday.

Jones didn't play an offensive snap this year, serving instead as depth on the offensive front. If he clears waivers, there's a good chance that he lands on the practice squad.

Todd Davis
News
Davis had one total tackle and played 11 of the defense's 54 snaps in Sunday's loss at Seattle.

Davis started at strong-side linebacker, but the Vikings rarely had three linebackers on the field. Eric Kendricks and Eric Wilson stay on the field in nickel and dime packages, leaving Davis with little playing time. However, Davis looks to have emerged as the No. 3 linebacker after the season-ending injury to Anthony Barr.

Injury
Illness - Reserve - COVID-19
Hardy Nickerson
News
Nickerson had one total tackle and played 36 of the defense's 75 snaps in Sunday's loss to Tennessee.

Nickerson moved into a role as the No. 3 linebacker after Anthony Barr suffered a season-ending pectoral injury. However, his increase in playing time may not last long, as Todd Davis may overtake him on the depth chart once he gets up to speed after signing with the Vikings just before Week 3.

Eric Wilson
News
Wilson had an interception, a sack, two tackles for a loss, three QB hits, a pass defensed and six tackles in Sunday's loss at Seattle.

Wilson started at weak-side linebacker and played on all 54 of the defense's snaps. With Anthony Barr out for the season with a pectoral injury, Wilson is having a larger role and making the most of it. Wilson previously came off the field in nickel and dime packages, but he'll now play alongside Eric Kendricks in almost all formations.

Marcus Sayles
News
The Vikings waived Sayles on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Sayles has yet to play an NFL game since entering the league in 2017.

K.J. Osborn
News
Osborn (hamstring) wasn't listed on Minnesota's injury report Wednesday, Craig Peters of the team's official site reports.

The 23-year-old missed the previous two games heading into the Week 7 bye, but he's practicing with no limitations after receiving the extra recovery time. Osborn should reclaim returning duties for the Vikings now that he's healthy.

Oli Udoh
News
Udoh was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday.

Udoh spent just shy of two weeks on the reserve list but will now be able to rejoin his teammates on the practice field. The 2019 sixth-round selection will be competing for a reserve role on the offensive line.

Ezra Cleveland
No Updates
Ifeadi Odenigbo
News
Odenigbo recorded five tackles and 1.5 sacks in Sunday's 40-23 loss to the Falcons.

Odenigbo won the starting defensive end job in training camp, but he got off to a slow start with no sacks through the first four games. He's turned it around recently, posting 2.5 sacks over the past two contests. The fourth-year pro's up to 11 quarterback pressures, too. He'll get Week 7 bye before setting his sights on a Week 8 matchup against Aaron Rodgers, who has been sacked just seven times in five outings.

Brandon Dillon
News
The Vikings waived Dillon on Saturday and signed him to the practice squad Sunday, the Kokomo Tribune reports.

Dillon saw playing time during a sole contest in 2019 and otherwise also spent time on the Vikings' practice squad. He'll get the benefit of another opportunity to develop with the team.

Jake Bargas
News
Bargas was waived by the Vikings on Saturday but subsequently signed to the practice squad.

Bargas never really pushed incumbent C.J. Ham for the starting fullback role, although the undrafted rookie did ultimately wind up on Minnesota's' practice squad as insurance.

Austin Cutting
No Updates
Shamar Stephen
News
Stephen started at nose tackle and had two total tackles in Sunday's loss to Green Bay. He also had two QB hurries, according to Pro Football Focus.

Stephen had the best performance amid a defense that struggled to generate any pass rush and was mediocre against the run. Stephen will be a key run stuffer for the Vikings and isn't likely to generate more than a sack or two.

Dan Bailey
News
Bailey made his lone kick -- an extra point -- in Sunday's 40-23 loss to the Falcons.

The Vikings' offense had a pitiful first half, as Kirk Cousins tossed three interceptions and the team failed to capitalize on its lone red-zone trip. They entered halftime with a 20-0 deficit, and although the team turned it around in the second half, it was too late for Bailey. The team scored three touchdowns but attempted just one extra point after halftime, often going for two points instead. The Vikings have a Week 7 bye on the docket, and they'll return to action in Week 8 against the Packers, which have allowed 27.8 points per game this season.

Tajae Sharpe
News
Sharpe (illness) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report.

Sharpe was unable to play Week 4 after falling ill, but he's no longer sick and may return to the lineup Sunday versus the Seahawks. However, the 26-year-old wideout was a healthy scratch Week 3, so he's not a lock to return to the lineup.

Irv Smith
News
Smith hauled in four of his five targets for 55 receiving yards during Sunday's 40-23 loss to the Falcons.

The 22-year-old was obsolete in the passing game Weeks 1 through 4, managing only two total receptions for 14 yards despite playing 143 offensive snaps during that span. Smith has become much more involved as a receiver of late, posting a season-high 59 offensive snaps last week while recording four receptions for 64 yards against the Seahawks. The Alabama product now has eight receptions and 119 receiving yards in his past two outings as Minnesota moves into its Week 7 bye before battling Green Bay on Nov. 1.

Luther Kirk
No Updates
Dan Chisena
News
The Vikings are switching Chisena from receiver to safety, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Chisena's positional shift comes with the context that he's been impressing on special teams throughout training camp. The Penn State product could have an outside chance at a spot on the final roster, though it's more likely that he could latch on to Minnesota's practice squad as a way to continue developing with the team.

Injury
Hip - Questionable for Week 9 vs. Detroit
Adam Thielen
News
Thielen hauled in three of five targets for 51 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 40-23 loss to Atlanta.

The two-time Pro Bowler has racked up an incredible five TD receptions over the past four weeks, pushing his total to seven total TDs through the Vikings' first six outings of 2020. Thielen has been held to fewer than 55 receiving yards on three occasions thus far on the year, but he's had a healthy workload of 8.2 targets per game, and opportunities should continue to be there with rookie Justin Jefferson attracting plenty of attention on the opposite side. Thielen heads into Minnesota's Week 7 bye before readying for a Nov. 1 showdown with the Packers.

Jordan Brailford
News
Brailford signed a contract with the Vikings on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old was cut by Washington in early September and subsequently signed with the team's practice squad, but he'll now receive the opportunity in Minnesota. Brailford was a seventh-round pick by Washington in 2019 but has yet to make his NFL debut.

Dru Samia
News
Samia (wrist) was a full practice participant Wednesday.

The 23-year-old was sidelined by the wrist injury in Week 6, but he was able to get healthy over the bye week. Samia should return to the starting post at right guard, though previous starter Pat Elflein (thumb) is nearing his return from injured reserve.

Cameron Smith
News
Mike Zimmer said Tuesday that Smith's heart surgery was successful, Will Ragatz of Sports Illustrated reports.

Zimmer said Smith is in "good shape." The 2019 fifth-round pick, who played a depth role across five games as a rookie, will set his sights on getting healthy for 2021.

Injury
Chest - NFI-R for Week 9 vs. Detroit
Cameron Dantzler
News
Dantzler was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

The move means the 22-year-old either tested positive for the virus or has been in close contact with an infected individual. It's unclear how long Dantzler will be unavailable, and the Vikings are faced with questions at cornerback with Holton Hill (foot), Mike Hughes (neck) and Kris Boyd (hamstring) all dealing with injuries.

Injury
Neck - Questionable for Week 9 vs. Detroit
Danielle Hunter
News
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Wednesday that Hunter (neck) underwent successful surgery to repair a herniated disc, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Zimmer noted that while Hunter won't be back this season, "he should be back and playing football again," according to Cronin. Coming off back-to-back 14.5-sack seasons, Hunter ultimately wasn't able to play in 2020 after the neck injury cropped up shortly before the season and proved to be more serious than the Vikings initially believed. He'll hope to make enough progress in his rehab over the next few months to gain full clearance for OTAs or training camp in 2021.

Injury
Neck - Injured Reserve
Brian O'Neill
News
O'Neill (concussion) is set to retain his starting spot at right tackle for the Vikings in 2020, Eric Smith of the team's official site reports.

O'Neill started all 15 games he appeared in last season, though he did exit the playoff loss to the 49ers to be evaluated for a concussion. The 2018 second-round pick has started 26 of 30 games through his first two seasons and should continue protecting Kirk Cousins in 2020.

C.J. Ham
News
Ham did not have a carry or reception in Sunday's loss to Green Bay. He played on 12 of the offense's 52 snaps and stayed into block on 10 plays, according to Pro Football Focus.

Ham had a key block at the goal line which helped Dalvin Cook run for a touchdown in the first quarter. Ham will reprise his fulback role for the Vikings and will get only an occasional reception or carry. Alexander Mattison's increased usage in the passing game likely limits Ham's minimal role as a receiver.

James Lynch
News
The Vikings selected Lynch in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 130th overall.

The Vikings have opted to double-dip at defensive line in the fourth round, having already selected edge D.J. Wonnum at 117 overall. For his part, Baylor's Lynch brings imposing 6-foot-4, 289-pound size and the strength to offer developmental potential as an interior pass rusher. Following the departures of Linval Joseph, Stephen Weatherly and Everson Griffen, it wouldn't be out of the question for Lynch to get a shot as a starter during his rookie season.

Anthony Barr
News
Barr suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday's loss to the Colts and has been ruled out for the rest of the season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Barr exited Week 2's loss to the Colts in the first half and was ruled out quickly. Tests have revealed that he has a season-ending injury and will be placed on IR as a result. This is a major loss to a Vikings defense that has struggled through two weeks, as Barr is an every-down player that produced a career-high 79 tackles last season. Either Ryan Connelly or Troy Dye will likely start at strong-side linebacker moving forward.

Injury
Pectoral - Injured Reserve
Garrett Bradbury
News
The Vikings selected Bradbury in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 18th overall.

The Vikings badly needed some interior line help and the way the first 17 picks fell allowed them to get the best center in the class by far. Bradbury is a quality athlete for his size (6-foot-2 7/8, 306 with a 4.92 40-yard dash) and enters the NFL with plenty of experience at both left guard and center. He may lack ideal power but makes up for it with instincts and football I.Q. Bradbury, a North Carolina State product, figures to start at center for the Vikings while Pat Elflein moves to guard.

Myles Dorn
News
Dorn (undisclosed) reverted to injured reserve Sunday, per the league's official transactions report.

The Vikings waived Dorn with an injury tag Saturday, and he now reverts to IR after having gone unclaimed.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve. Expected Return - Week 9
Mike Boone
News
Boone lost a yard on his only carry in Sunday's loss to Atlanta, a critical loss on a fourth-and-goal play.

Boone played on just five of the offense's 56 snaps as Ameer Abdullah (16 snaps) got more playing time as Alexander Mattison's backup with Dalvin Cook sidelined with a groin injury. Abdullah is used more in the passing game, and the Vikings were playing from behind a large deficit most of the game. Boone likely will return to a minimal role with Cook expected to return after Minnesota's Week 7 bye.

Pat Elflein
News
Elflein (thumb) was designated to return from injured reserve Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The 26-year-old underwent surgery after suffering the thumb injury during the season opener, but he's nearly ready for his return from injured reserve. It's unclear if Elfein will be ready for Sunday's matchup with the Packers or if he'll need a bit more practice time to get back up to speed.

Injury
Thumb - Injured Reserve. Expected Return - Week 9
Kirk Cousins
News
Cousins went 24-for-36 passing with 343 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions during Sunday's 40-23 loss to the Falcons.

The 32-year-old signal-caller got off to a horrific start Sunday, committing three first-half interceptions for the first time in his NFL career. Cousins has logged four multi-TD outings thus far in the 2020 campaign, though he's already committed 11 giveaways. Last season he threw six interceptions across 15 regular-season appearances, but in 2020 he already has 10 through the first six weeks. The 1-5 Vikings get a chance to lick their wounds over the team's bye week, but a Nov. 1 matchup against division-leading Green Bay lingers on the other side.

Eddie Yarbrough
News
Yarbrough was signed by the Vikings off the Bills' practice squad Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Yarbrough moves from one playoff team to another, though given that he hasn't been promoted by the Bills all season, at least he'll now have a chance to see action as a depth player for the Vikings. He'll also get a chance to see his former mates in the unlikely event the No. 6 seed Vikings and No. 5 seed Bills go all the way, which would feature two teams that have combined for many Super Bowl losses but zero wins.

Ben Gedeon
News
The Vikings placed Gedeon (undisclosed) on the reserve/PUP list Saturday, Craig Peters and Eric Smith of the team's official site reports.

Gedeon was unable to pass a physical, so he'll miss the first six weeks of the season. It's unclear what's holding him back, but it's noteworthy that his 2019 campaign ended with him on injured reserve due to a concussion. With Gedeon out of the fold, Troy Dye and Hardy Nickerson will be the main backups to Eric Wilson and Anthony Barr.

Injury
Undisclosed - Physically Unable to Perform. Expected Return - Week 9
Armon Watts
News
Watts had a tackle and played on 37 of the defense's 78 snaps in Sunday's loss to Green Bay.

Watts played just seven games last year after a hamstring injury, so he could have a larger role later in the season as he continues to develop. He'll get playing time as a reserve in a rotation on the defensive line.

Troy Dye
News
The Vikings designated Dye (foot) to return from injured reserve Monday.

After four games on the sidelines and a bye week, Dye will start preparing to return from IR. His first chance to get back into the lineup is this Sunday against the Packers, but that likely will depend on how the rookie fourth-rounder progresses during the practice week. With Anthony Barr (pectoral) out for the season, no Viking has claimed the starting strong-side linebacker job yet, so Dye has an opportunity to carve out a meaningful role upon his return to the lineup. There will be competition from Todd Davis, Hardy Nickerson and Ryan Connelly, however, and the most likely scenario is a committee until one separates from the pack.

Tyler Conklin
News
Conklin did not have a target in Sunday's 43-34 loss to Green Bay. He played just eight snaps on offense.

With both Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith healthy, Conklin is going to have a minimal role on offense and will get most of his snaps (12 on Sunday) on special teams.

Kris Boyd
News
Boyd (hamstring) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.

Boyd will miss his third straight contest due to a lingering hamstring injury. The Vikings have a bye Week 7, so Boyd's next opportunity to retake the field will come Nov. 1 against the Packers.

Injury
Lower Leg - Questionable for Week 9 vs. Detroit
Alexander Hollins
News
Hollins signed with the Vikings' practice squad Sunday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Hollins was cut by the Vikings on Saturday. He supplied two catches for 46 yards in five games for the club last season. It was reported earlier that the Eastern Illinois product was having an impressive camp, but he'll have to start the 2020 season like he did the 2019 season: on the practice squad for Minnesota.

Bisi Johnson
News
Johnson had one reception for 13 yards on his only target in Sunday's loss at Seattle.

Johnson played just eight snaps on offense, as he's been reduced to a minor role as the fourth receiver with the emergence of Justin Jefferson.

Abdullah Anderson
News
Anderson was promoted to the Bears' active roster Monday.

With Kyle Long (hip) being placed on injured reserve, the Bears had an extra spot on the active roster. Adding Anderson gives Chicago some added depth to the defensive line that allowed Josh Jacobs to rush for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in Week 5.

Aviante Collins
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The Vikings signed Collins to the active roster from the practice squad Thursday.

Collins' spot on the 53-man roster comes following the placement of Brett Jones (knee) on injured reserve. The third-year pro spent the first 10 weeks of the season on Minnesota's practice squad, and he now projects to play a depth role along the offensive line.

Quentin Poling
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Poling was waived off injured reserve by the Vikings with an injury settlement Monday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Poling was placed on injured reserve after suffering the injury earlier in training camp. The 2018 seventh-round pick will look to battle for a depth role elsewhere after getting healthy.

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Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 9 vs. Detroit
Kenny Willekes
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The Vikings placed Willekes (leg) on injured reserve Wednesday.

Willis was spotted on crutches Aug. 28, and the severity of his leg injury is enough to warrant his placement on season-ending IR. The rookie seventh-round pick will set his sights on the 2021 season.

Injury
Leg - Injured Reserve
Mark Fields
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Fields was promoted from the Vikings' practice squad Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fields joined the Vikings' 53-man roster prior to the team's Week 3 matchup against Tennessee, but he only garnered two special-teams snaps throughout the course of that contest. With George Iloka (knee-ACL) having landed on injured reserve last Thursday, plus Mike Hughes (neck), Holton Hill (foot) and Kris Boyd (hamstring) all dealing with issues, Fields may eventually be utilized as a depth option in the secondary.

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Chest - Questionable for Week 9 vs. Detroit
Josh Metellus
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Metellus was waived by the Vikings on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The Vikings took 15 players in the 2020 NFL Draft, so it shouldn't be entirely surprising to see Metellus, the team's second sixth-round selection, hit the waiver wire. The expectation is Metellus will land on the team's practice squad, though it's possible a team in need of rangy secondary depth could look to pick up the Michigan product instead.

George Iloka
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Iloka (knee) was placed on injured reserve by the Vikings on Thursday.

This is a rough break for the veteran, as Iloka suffered a torn ACL during Wednesday's practice, per Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Iloka will now likely need surgery and hit the rehab process, as it's unclear if he'll play in the NFL again. With both he and Myles Dorn (undisclosed) residing on IR, Josh Metellus is on the only health depth safety currently on the roster.

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Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Mike Hughes
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Hughes (neck) didn't practice Wednesday, and the Vikings are considering a move to injured reserve, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

The team is apparently weighing whether to shut down the 23-year-old for the season, so a return in the immediate future appears unlikely. Hughes has been dealing with the neck issue for over a month and has appeared only four games this season.

Injury
Neck - Injured Reserve. Expected Return - Week 11
Harrison Hand
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The Vikings selected Hand in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 169th overall.

More secondary help continues to join the Vikings, this time from Temple. Hand is likely no more than a depth piece considering his average athleticism and less-than-ideal collegiate tape, but Minnesota desperately needed help in the back four, and Hand should, well, lend a hand in that area.

Nate Stanley
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The Vikings signed Stanley to the practice squad Tuesday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The Vikings opted to sign both Stanley and fellow signal-caller Jake Browning to the practice squad. Both quarterbacks had been waived by the team this weekend amid roster cuts.

Blake Brandel
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Brandel has been activated off the Vikings reserve/COVID-19 list, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The 2020 sixth-rounder will now look to secure a depth role along the Vikings' offensive line. The Oregon State product played tackle in college, but could also see work as a guard as a pro.

Blake Lynch
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Britton Colquitt
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Colquitt agreed to a three-year, $9 million contract with the Vikings on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The deal includes $5 million in guaranteed money.

Colquitt joined the Vikings last season after 10 campaigns elsewhere and averaged a career-best 42.6 net yards per punt, so the team decided to keep him around a while longer. With the contract in hand, Colquitt should face little-to-no competition for his job in training camp.

Chad Beebe
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Beebe had two receptions for 13 yards on five targets in Sunday's loss to Atlanta.

With the Vikings falling behind by 20 points in the first half, Minnesota used three-receiver sets more than usual, which resulted in Beebe getting a season-high five targets. The third receiver hasn't been a large factor in the Minnesota offense, so Beebe likely won't have viable fantasy value in most formats even though he seems to have a firm hold on the role.

Dakota Dozier
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Dozier has re-signed with the Vikings on a one-year, $1 million deal, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Dozier is primarily a depth lineman, but he started four games in 2019. The 28-year-old will presumably have a similar role in the upcoming season.

Harrison Smith
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Smith isn't expected to be suspended for lowering his helmet on a hit against tight end Jordan Akins in Sunday's win over the Texans, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Smith was ejected for his actions in the first half, and the league has decided that's enough punishment for the safety. The Vikings' pass defense is shaky enough and clearly struggled with Smith out of the picture, so having him back against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in Week 5 is encouraging news.

Jalyn Holmes
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Holmes had two tackles and a tackle for a loss in Sunday's loss to Green Bay.

Holmes played on 30 of the defense's 78 snaps, as he'll have a reserve role in the defensive-line rotation.

Jaleel Johnson
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Johnson started at defensive tackle and had four total tackles in Sunday's loss to Green Bay.

Johnson had an uneven performance as he had three stops, according to Pro Football Focus, but was also part of a unit that failed to generate any pass rush and allowed 4.9 yards per carry. He should get plenty of playing time, as his 57 snaps led all Minnesota defensive tackles.

Ameer Abdullah
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Abdullah had two carries for seven yards and one reception for one yard on two targets in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. He also added three kick returns for an average of 24.3 yards.

Abdullah played on 16 of the offense's 56 snaps as he got more playing time than Mike Boone (five snaps) as Alexander Mattison's backup with Dalvin Cook sidelined with a groin injury with the Vikings needing to throw the ball after falling behind big early. Abdullah will likely return to a minimal role with Cook expected to return after Minnesota's Week 7 bye.