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Minnesota Vikings Place Mackensie Alexander On IR; Promote C.J. Ham

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The rookie corner was on crutches this past week, and now his season is done.

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It’s a good thing there isn’t a limit to the number of players that an NFL team can place on injured reserve, or else the Minnesota Vikings would have passed that number a long time ago.

Minnesota added another name to that list on Friday, as rookie cornerback Mackensie Alexander was placed on injured reserve. Alexander was the Vikings’ second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Clemson, and while he’s viewed as a potential replacement for Captain Munnerlyn at the slot corner position, he didn’t get a whole lot of work this season. There hasn’t been any word on what the nature of his injury is, but he was seen on crutches at Winter Park earlier this week at Vikings’ practice.

To replace him on the active roster, it appears that this Christmas season the Vikings saved room for some. . .

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Moving up to the active roster is running back C.J. Ham, who signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Ham was the Vikings’ leading rusher in the preseason, but was a part of the final cutdowns during this past preseason.

The addition of a running back to the active roster should, rightfully, cast doubt on whether or not Adrian Peterson is going to be seeing any action on Saturday at Lambeau Field. Peterson has not practiced in the days following Minnesota’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts this past Sunday, and though he’s said he’s taking it “day by day,” it stands to reason that the Vikings wouldn’t add another running back to the roster if they thought Peterson, Jerick McKinnon, and Matt Asiata were all going to be available.

We’ll have the full injury report for Saturday’s contest for both teams here on the site as soon as both teams make them public.