Newly signed Vikings WR Josh Doctson has gone from ‘limited’ in practice yesterday to the Injured Reserve List:
Source: The #Vikings are placing former first-round WR Josh Doctson, who they signed right before the season, on Injured Reserve with a leg injury. He’d be a candidate to return later in the season.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 12, 2019
This is really problematic as the Vikings head to Lambeau Sunday, because they are once again down to only four healthy wide receivers: Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Chad Beebe, and Olabisi Johnson.
I thought the Doctson signing was a solid one, as he had experience with Kirk Cousins in Washington, had a couple of fairly decent seasons, and a fresh start elsewhere sometimes is a benefit to everyone involved.
But Doctson has an injury history, and it has now become an issue with the Vikings. Per Rapoport, he can be eligible to return later in the season, although we haven’t heard from the Vikings in that regard yet.
With Doctson on IR, the Vikings now have a roster spot open, and with only four wide receivers, adding a fifth makes the most sense. The most logical move would be to add one of two wide receivers currently on the practice squad, Davion Davis or Dillon Mitchell. They could also look to sign a free agent, but if they go that route he would almost certainly not be ready to play in time for Sunday’s game.
As soon as we find out more, we’ll let you know.