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Vikings Place Scott Crichton On Injured Reserve, Promote Zach Moore

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Ahead of Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, the Minnesota Vikings have made a roster move on the defensive line.

The team has announced that they have placed defensive end Scott Crichton on injured reserve, meaning that his season is over. To fill his spot on the roster, they have promoted defensive lineman Zach Moore from the practice squad.

Crichton was a third-round pick of the Vikings out of Oregon State in the 2014 NFL Draft. He struggled to get on the field as a rookie, but had found a spot in the rotation this year. He suffered a concussion in the Vikings' 23-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals last Thursday, and was already listed as being out for Sunday's game against Chicago.

Moore was signed to the practice squad during the preseason after spending 2014 with the Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots. Moore was active for eight games for New England in 2014, after he was selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played his college ball at Concordia-St. Paul, becoming the first player from that school to be drafted into the National Football League. The 6'6", 280-pound Moore was not active for any of the Patriots' post-season contests in 2014.

Moore played against the Bears as a rookie, collecting half a sack of Jay Cutler and a forced fumble that was returned by the Patriots for a touchdown.

Here's wishing the best to Scott Crichton in his recovery, and congratulations to Zach Moore on his promotion to the big club.