We now have the corresponding roster move that the Minnesota Vikings needed to make in order to promote wide receiver Chad Beebe to the active roster, and it might say positive things about the status of another injured Viking.
According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings have made room for Beebe on the 53-man roster by waiving offensive tackle Storm Norton.
Norton was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad a week ago to provide offensive line depth for the Vikings in their game against the New Orleans Saints. The fact that the Vikings are now letting him go in order to make room for Beebe on the roster might say something about the status of offensive tackle Riley Reiff.
Reiff has missed the Vikings’ last three games with a foot injury that had been bothering him since Week 3 of the season. He was limited in practice all week this week and listed as “questionable” on the team’s final injury report, but if the Vikings are going to let an offensive tackle go at this point, it would seem that Reiff is trending in the right direction.
As mentioned in the injury report post, it will be interesting to see what the Vikings do at the other tackle position if Reiff is able to return on Sunday. Rashod Hill has been starting at left tackle in Reiff’s absence, and rookie Brian O’Neill has actually done a very good job at right tackle in his first few starts. If Reiff comes back, either Hill or O’Neill will have to go to the bench.