Aug 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Joe Banyard (23) scores a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Vikings win 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

RB Joe Banyard Promoted to 53-Man Roster

Good news came today for Joe Banyard.  The running back was promoted from the Minnesota Vikings practice squad to the active roster.

Jul 26, 2013; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Joe Banyard (23) catches a psss during training camp at Minnesota State University. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

This move was made because of injuries to both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart.  Those injuries really hurt the depth of the team at the position.  With both Peterson and  listed as questionable for the game against the Eagles, the team wanted to ensure that they’d have adequate players.

Although Banyard hasn’t had any regular season NFL carries in his career, he has shown some promise and potential in his carries during preseason.  This is his opportunity to impress the Vikings coaching staff.  With Gerhart possibly leaving the team as a free agent, there may be an opening for Banyard in a regular role with the team opening up.

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