Earlier today, the Minnesota Vikings designated WR Josh Doctson to return from the injured reserve list, and he will start practicing with the team immediately:
The #Vikings have designated WR Josh Doctson to return from Injured Reserve and he’ll begin practicing today. The former first-rounder could provide some late-season help.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 30, 2019
The corresponding roster move would be, more than likely, WR Davion Davis back to the practice squad, assuming he clears waivers:
The Vikings are bringing Josh Doctson off injured reserve today, which would likely mean Davion Davis heading back to the practice squad if the team released him today. They’d need another move to make room for Holton Hill to come off the suspended list.— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingStrib) October 30, 2019
Does that mean Doctson will play on Sunday against the Chiefs? Well, it depends:
#Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he needs to see Josh Doctson in practice before determining if he might be ready as soon as the Nov. 10 game at Dallas.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) October 30, 2019
With both CB Holton Hill and Doctson back two position groups that needed some upgrade at depth are getting them.
I would think Doctson would at least be in the mix for some WR4 snaps, assuming Doctson is ready to go and Adam Thielen has returned by the Dallas game. Doctson was an intriguing pickup for me when the Vikings signed him; he put up some decent numbers in Washington with Kirk Cousins, and he gives Minnesota some depth and experience that will be needed for the second half of the season.
With Doctson back today, the Vikings have one more IR-designated to return slot to use this year, and that is reserved for Chad Beebe if and when he is ready. Beebe is the only other player on the roster with the Reserve/Injured designation, since David Morgan underwent season ending surgery yesterday, and is now out for the year.