After the Minnesota Vikings placed safety Harrison Smith on injured reserve with the designation for return, the team signed cornerback Jacob Lacey to take his roster spot.
Lacey spent training camp with the Vikings this year before he was released after struggling to stay healthy. He dealt with injuries to his knee and thumb that made him unable to be an active participant in camp. Now that he is back to health, he should be able to help a struggling Minnesota secondary since he is already familiar with the scheme and personnel.
The former Detroit Lions cornerback adds some veteran leadership to the squad full of young defensive backs. Earlier this year, Lacey was only seeing plays as a backup to Josh Robinson as the slot cornerback. With the struggles the Vikings are having at corner, Lacey may see more action than expected during his stay in Minnesota.