Vikings place tight end on IR, sign safety to 53

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Ben Ellefson
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Ben Ellefson /

A blocking specialist for the Minnesota Vikings has been placed on injured reserve and the team brought back a safety to the 53-man roster.

It’s never fun when a player needs to be placed on injured reserve. but a groin injury will hold him blocking specialist Ben Ellefson out of action as the team announced the transaction on their official website.

In addition to Ellefson being placed on IR, the Vikings announced they signed safety Miles Dorn to their 53-man roster from the practice squad while also elevating elevated receiver/special teamer Dan Chisena and tight end Nick Muse from its practice squad.

That makes four total transactions for the day according to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press on Twitter.

What do the Minnesota Vikings do at tight end now?

The Vikings should be okay at tight end without Ellefson since Irv Smith and Johnny Mundt have been solid this season and Nick Muse had a very good preseason. They likely won’t take any attention away from Justin Jefferson or Dalvin Cook offensively, but they should be able to help a team that has struggled to protect Kirk Cousins by acting as blockerswhen defenders attack with a strong pass rush.

Chisena will be a welcome addition to a special teams unit that has looked strong all season and Dorn will add more depth to a group of defensive backs that recently lost Lewis Cine will face a lot of challenges in the secondary.

The Minnesota Vikings will face off against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Oct. 9 and the Miami Dolphins on Oct.26 before enjoying their Week 7 bye week when they will be able to get active players some rest to prepare for the rest of the season and hopefully the playoffs.

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