With the Minnesota Vikings dealing with issues in the secondary, they’ve promoted two players that will hopefully be able to alleviate some of those issues for tomorrow’s matchup against the Tennessee Titans.
The Vikings have announced that they have promoted cornerback Mark Fields II and safety George Iloka to the active roster in advance of tomorrow’s game.
This will be the second promotion to the active roster for Fields, as he was “up” for last week’s loss in Indianapolis as well. The Vikings traded for Fields in 2019 but he spent much of last season on the practice squad. He could be in line to see snaps as the #3 corner with both Cameron Danztler and Mike Hughes already having been ruled out and Kris Boyd dealing with a hamstring issue.
Iloka was signed by the Vikings a couple of weeks ago and has stayed on the practice squad until now. He’s a veteran with experience in Zimmer’s defense, and could potentially play a role at linebacker as well with the Vikings hurting there following the losses of Anthony Barr and Troy Dye this week.
Per NFL rules for this season, a player can be “promoted” to the active roster twice and be moved back to the practice squad without having to pass through waivers. That means that the Vikings will be able to move Fields back to the practice squad again after this week, but if they want to try this move again they will have to subject him to the waiver process before they can place him back on the practice squad.