COVID-19 continues to hit the Minnesota Vikings, as the team announced on Wednesday that three more players were being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, including one projected starter, after veterans reported on Tuesday.
Defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo, linebacker Cameron Smith, and offensive lineman Olisaemeka Udoh have been placed on the list, making it seven players for the Vikings that have been placed on the COVID-19 list.
Odenigbo, at least as things stand right now, is slated to take over for the departed. . .for now, anyway. . .Everson Griffen at defensive end. Udoh may have an opportunity to compete for snaps on the offensive line, while Smith played primarily on special teams in 2019.
Those three players join rookies Justin Jefferson, Blake Brandel, Brian Cole II, and Tyler Higby on the reserve/COVID-19 list. As we reminded everyone in our previous story about the list, being placed on it does not necessarily mean that the player has tested positive for the virus. It means that either they have tested positive or they have been in close proximity to someone that has the virus.
From a personnel standpoint, this brings the Vikings’ roster to 79 players, meaning that the team can have all of their currently healthy players on the practice field at the same time now that they are under the 80 player threshold for not having to split the players up.
If there are more players placed on the list, or any other moves that are going to be made, we will bring them to you here.