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Vikings downgrade Cameron Dantzler to OUT, make several other moves

Things needed to be done before heading to Chicago

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Before leaving for Chicago for their Monday Night Football contest with the Chicago Bears, the Minnesota Vikings made several roster moves that we wanted to keep you updated on.

The Vikings have downgraded several players to “out” on their injury report. Among them is cornerback Cameron Dantzler, who had been listed as questionable on Saturday’s final report. Dantzler is still suffering the effects of the concussion that he sustained at Lambeau Field two weeks ago, and though he was limited in practice this week (rather than sitting out entirely), he will not be suiting up on Monday night.

The team also downgraded offensive lineman Dru Samia to “out,” which is obviously connected to his positive COVID-19 test, and also declared defensive end Jordan Brailford as out with a personal issue.

To fill spots on the active roster, the Vikings have elevated offensive lineman Brett Jones and tight end Brandon Dillon to the 53. Jones will serve as a backup on the interior with Samia out and Pat Elflein no longer on the roster. Dillon, who was active for the 2019 season opener but has not been active since, will play the role of the third tight end with Irv Smith Jr. sidelined with a groin injury. Tyler Conklin will likely get the majority of Smith’s snaps on offense, but Dillon will see the field when the Vikings go to a three-tight end set.

Those should be all of the moves that the Vikings make before they take the field on Monday night in Chicago. If they do happen to make any more, we will have them for you here as soon as we get them.