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Vikings sign Ronnie Hillman

The running back will add depth after the team announced that Adrian Peterson will miss time for meniscus surgery.

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So, just your typical Wednesday morning, eh Vikings fans?

You know, just some run-of-the-mill midweek news and notes. Your second-year wide receiver drafted in the fifth round wins Offensive Player of the Week. Your all-pro running back having surgery on a torn meniscus that could keep him out for the majority of the season. Your first round left tackle that you’re paying $11 million goes on injured reserve after trying to fight through a hip injury. All while you’re trying to prepare for a road game against the defending NFC Champions.

In the immortal words of Vince Lombardi: WHAT THE HELL IS GOIN’ ON OUT HERE?!

Since you obviously don’t have news packed into your Wednesday morning, allow me to add a bit more. The Vikings have signed free agent running back Ronnie Hillman to fill in some running back depth in the wake of Adrian Peterson’s injury.

Hillman was actually the leading rusher on last year’s Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, racking up 863 yards on 207 carries along with 24 catches for 111 yards in 2015. But Hillman fell out of favor with head coach Gary Kubiak and was released in favor of C.J. Anderson and fourth round rookie Devontae Booker. The Broncos tried to trade Hillman but released him after being unable to find a trade partner.

Hillman is a speedster but was a polarizing figure among Broncos fans during his time in Denver. Head here to check out an excellent breakdown of Hillman’s pros and cons on Mile High Report.

Stay tuned for much more. After all, it isn’t even noon yet.