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Vikings make handful of roster moves before season finale

Including declaring an important starter won’t play

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The Minnesota Vikings needed to make some moves before their season finale against the Detroit Lions, and they have made several of them on this Saturday afternoon.

First off, they have declared that starting left tackle Riley Reiff will not play on Sunday against his former team and will be replaced at that position by Rashod Hill. Reiff was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week and is not going to be cleared to play tomorrow.

Reiff is one of five Vikings that has played every snap this season, and has already reached an escalator in his contract that gave him a $1 million bonus for playing at least 86% of the team’s snaps. He can reach another $1 million escalator if he plays 93.75% of the snaps, which he will reach if the Vikings run fewer than 67 offensive plays against the Lions. They currently average 66.8 offensive plays/game.

The team has also elevated three players from the practice squad to the active roster. Those players are defensive end Eddie Yarbrough and cornerbacks Cordrea Tankersley and Tae Hayes.

Yarbrough has been up on the active roster a couple of times this season already, and could see quite a bit of time with both Ifeadi Odenigbo and Jalyn Holmes already having been declared out for this one. This will be Tankersley’s second elevation to the main roster and the first of the season for Hayes. With Cameron Dantzler and Chris Jones sitting out on Sunday, either or both of them could be asked to make contributions as well.

If the Vikings make any more moves between now and the start of Sunday’s game, we will keep you informed of them here.