Vikings promote QB Sean Mannion to 53 and release RB Ameer Abdullah

(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Sean Mannion
(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Sean Mannion /

The Minnesota Vikings made some transactions on Tuesday to prepare themselves for their Week 3 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Tuesday was a slow day for the Minnesota Vikings and their fans. With many of the team’s supporters still stuck in a fog after the heartbreaking loss to the Cardinals last week, any news was likely to be a bit bland to the ears.

Of course, it was fitting that the transactions the purple and gold made on Tuesday would be hugely underwhelming as well. News of the transactions was shared by Tom Pelissero on Twitter along with a few moves made by other teams.

Here is the tweet:

Promoting Sean Mannion to the 53 man roster is disappointing. Mannion has earned the trust of the Minnesota Vikings despite never throwing a touchdown in an NFL game and never winning a game as a starting quarterback.

What does this mean for Ameer Abdullah and the Vikings?

Minnesota seemed to like sprinkling Ameer Abdullah into the offense but have replaced him in the return game. Despite that, there is a good reason he was the individual who was let go by the Vikings instead of a younger player.

Since Abdullah is a veteran of the NFL, he isn’t subject to waivers after his release. He can immediately be signed back to the practice squad and stay there until he needed to be elevated back to the Vikings’ main roster. This is the most likely outcome for him.

This could be a good sign that Kene Nwangwu is closer to returning for Minnesota, but for now, that just means a larger dose of Alexander Mattison when Dalvin Cook is in need of a breather on offense.


The official Twitter account of the Vikings confirms that Abdullah has been signed to the practice squad.

Hopefully, Kirk Cousins can continue to stay healthy and Sean Mannion will not have to enter a game for the Minnesota Vikings. Meanwhile, let’s knock on wood that both Kirk and Dalvin Cook can stay healthy enough that these backups aren’t needed.