Rookie David Yankey Active for the First Time


When the Vikings spent a fifth round pick on Stanford OG David Yankey, the hope among fans was that he would quickly develop and take over for Charlie Johnson in the starting lineup.

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But Yankey’s progress has been slower than both the fans and likely the team had hoped, and through the first 15 weeks of the season the rookie had yet to crack the game day active lineup.

But now, with the Vikings suffering a barrage of injuries on the offensive line, David Yankey is finally getting a shot to at least suit up.

When the Vikings released their inactive list Sunday morning ahead of the Dolphins game, for the first time all year, David Yankey was not on it.

Vlad Ducasse and Joe Berger are expected to start at guard, but at least Yankey is on the active roster and could see action.

I’m sure the Vikings are hoping Yankey does not see action, because it would likely mean they had suffered another injury on the offensive line.

Perhaps we will see Yankey blocking for field goals and extra points. The Vikings last week had J’Marcus Webb playing guard on special teams but Webb was cut after allowing a field goal block.

Whatever role Yankey plays this week, even if that role is just standing on the bench in uniform, it will be more than he got to do through the first 15 weeks of the season.