As the regular season winds down, the Minnesota Vikings have a decision coming on one of their rookies that will affect the remainder of his season.
Vikings have until Wednesday to activate RB Ty Chandler or place him IR for the remainder of the season.— Sean Borman (@SeanBormanNFL) December 26, 2022
There are currently 52 players on the active roster
The Vikings have until Wednesday to move rookie running back Ty Chandler to the active roster. If they choose not to do so, he will go back on injured reserve and be forced to miss the remainder of the season.
Chandler suffered a thumb injury in the Week 5 victory over Chicago and was placed on IR shortly thereafter. The Vikings designated him to return from IR, opening up a three-week window for the Vikings to place him back on the active roster. That window closes on Wednesday, and if it should close with the Vikings not moving Chandler to the active roster, he will go back on IR.
This has been a bit of an issue for the Vikings in recent weeks. They designated cornerback Cameron Dantzler to return from IR, with Dantzler coming back for the Detroit game in Week 14. However, it seems that Dantzler’s ankle issue still isn’t quite right as he hasn’t played the past two weeks, including being made inactive for the game against the Giants this past Saturday. Perhaps the Vikings are simply exercising an abundance of caution with Chandler and his injury, but they’re about to miss an opportunity to potentially bring him back for the postseason.
As Sean Borman’s tweet above points out, the Vikings have 52 players on the roster right now, meaning they could activate Chandler without having to make another move. We’ll have to keep an eye on this situation and see what happens with it between now and Wednesday.