The Minnesota Vikings have started making roster moves for this week, and the first couple are moves that fans are not going to like.
The team has placed quarterback Matt Cassel and right guard Brandon Fusco on injured reserve, meaning that both of their seasons are over.
Casell injured his left foot on Sunday against the New Orleans Bounty Hunters, as he went down awkwardly on a scramble in the second quarter of play. So, it appears that it's going to be the Teddy Bridgewater show from here on out.
Fusco, who had played well enough to get a long-term contract extension on the eve of the season opener, is a much more significant loss. He injured his shoulder on Sunday, and was replaced by Vladimir Ducasse. . .who looked awful. The Vikings have had incredible continuity across their offensive line over the past couple of years, but are now going to play the rest of the season without one of their best players.
The team has signed tight end Chase Ford and offensive lineman Austin Wentworth to the 53-man roster to fill the spots vacated by Cassel and Fusco. They have also signed quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson and tight end Ryan Otten (formerly of the San Diego Chargers) to the practice squad.
No word yet on any moves concerning tight end Kyle Rudolph. I'm still of the mindset that they're going to place him on injured reserve with the designation to return, but nothing official has come down yet.