The roster moves continued for the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, as not only did they place nose tackle Michael Pierce on the reserve/opt-out list, but they have also placed a couple of undrafted free agent rookies on the Non-Football Injury (NFI) List.
The purple have placed cornerback Nevelle Clarke and wide receiver Quartney Davis on the NFI list, meaning that they are not eligible to practice with the team until they are removed. Placing players on this list has to be done before the first practice of Training Camp.
Clarke told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he was dealing with a hamstring injury that goes back to his last season at Central Florida in 2019. He also told Tomasson that he expects to be fine for his first Vikings’ practice, so this appears to be a precautionary thing. There is no word on the nature of Davis’ injury or how he sustained it.
As Clarke and Davis are on the active/NFI list, having reported to camp with their injuries, they still count towards the 90-man roster. That means that, with the four players the team placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list the other day and Pierce going on it today, the Vikings are now at 82 players (they were at 87 before the initial COVID designations). If the team wants to avoid split-squad types of practices, they can do so by cutting two more players and getting down to 80. There is no indication as to whether or not the team will do that.