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Vikings sign Abdullah to 53-man roster, elevate Mannion and Dorn

A handful of moves before Sunday’s game

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On the eve of their Week 2 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, the Minnesota Vikings have made a handful of roster moves.

The first was signing running back Ameer Abdullah to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. Abdullah was elevated from the practice squad for the season opener against the Bengals last week and played some snaps. He wound up with one carry for four yards and a pair of receptions for 15 yards.

In order to make room for Abdullah on the main roster, the team waived tight end Brandon Dillon, who entered last week’s game as the #2 tight end on the depth chart. He wound up playing on special teams, but did not see any time on offense.

The team also elevated two players from the practice squad for this week’s game, with one of them being quarterback Sean Mannion. Mannion will once again serve as Kirk Cousins’ backup this week against Arizona. It will be interesting to see how the Vikings handle this situation going forward, as teams are only allowed to “elevate” a player from the practice squad twice during the year before they have to permanently put him on the roster or release him. My guess is that the team will sign Mannion to the 53 sometime next week. Hooray.

The team has also elevated defensive back Myles Dorn for Sunday’s game. The Vikings will be without Harrison Hand, a key special teamer, for the game against Arizona and moving Dorn up to the main roster might be a part of attempting to replace him in that regard.

There likely won’t be any more moves before Sunday’s game to tell you about, but if there are we will bring you that news as soon as it happens.