Vikings already lose their newest receiver to injured reserve

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Josh Doctson
(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Josh Doctson /

The Minnesota Vikings will be without one of their newest additions in receiver Josh Doctson after the team placed him on injured reserve on Thursday.

After trimming down their roster to 53 players a couple of weeks ago, only four wide receivers initially made the cut for the Minnesota Vikings this year. However, that didn’t last very long as the Vikings were able to sign a deal with former Washington Redskins receiver Josh Doctson just two days after making their final cuts.

Following the addition of Doctson, many were excited about the potential impact that he could make on Minnesota’s offense this season. However, the Vikings’ newest receiver won’t be making any sort of impact for the team anytime soon.

On Thursday, Minnesota announced that they were placing Doctson on injured reserve. With this decision, he won’t be able to appear in a game for the Vikings until after Week 8 at the earliest.

Doctson wasn’t on Minnesota’s injury report last week, but he was listed with a hamstring injury on the report that the team put out on Wednesday. So it seems like this is something that he likely suffered during practice and the Vikings felt it would be best for him to take an extended period of time off to recover.

With the move, Minnesota also promoted cornerback Nate Meadors to the active roster and signed receiver Alexander Hollins to their practice squad.

It’s unfortunate that Doctson won’t be able to play for the Vikings this season until at least Week 9. But it’s still possible that he may be able to provide a nice spark for Minnesota during their final stretch of the year.

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It will be interesting to see if the Vikings continue to just roll with four receivers on their active roster until Doctson can return or if they go out and sign another free agent pass-catcher to take over his spot on the depth chart.