Oct 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) during the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
The Vikings will get Harrison Smith back for the first time since week 6. On Saturday the Vikes officially activated Smith off IR-to-return, and plan to get him on the field Sunday against Philadelphia (though not necessarily in a starting role).
Another former starter in the defensive secondary went in the other direction. Josh Robinson has been placed on IR, ending his season. Robinson has been out since suffering a fractured sternum against Seattle.
Xavier Rhodes is also a big question mark for Sunday’s game after suffering an ankle injury against Baltimore. To bolster their cornerback depth, the Vikes have signed Robert Steeple off the practice squad.
Wait, that’s not all. Because of the injuries to Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart, the Vikes may be down to Matt Asiata at running back tomorrow. To beef up their depth at that position the Vikings have also signed Joe Banyard off the practice squad.
All the shuffling left the Vikes with one-too-many active players, so they were forced to cut backup offensive lineman Mike Remmers.
To recap: Smith back, Robinson gone for the season, Steeples and Banyard on the active roster, Remmers cut, Bradley Randle still on the practice squad. Did I miss anything? Oh, Chris Cook still an idiot.