Vikings open window for return of quarterback from injured reserve

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It shouldn't be too much longer before quarterback Nick Mullens is able to rejoin the Minnesota Vikings this season.

The quarterback situation for the Minnesota Vikings has been a complicated one. Several of the team's signal-callers have missed time this season because of injuries but it looks like they will be getting one back soon.

Backup quarterback Nick Mullens was placed on injured reserve earlier this season with an injury to his back. Since then, the Vikings have lost Kirk Cousins for the year with an Achilles tendon tear and Jaren Hall for a game with a concussion.

Here is the post on X (formerly Twitter) from Star Tribune's Andrew Krammer sharing that the Minnesota Vikings have opened the practice window for Nick Mullens to return>

What would the return of Nick Mullens mean for the Minnesota Vikings?

There is no doubt that the Minnesota Vikings would be excited to get Nick Mullens back, but his role is sure to be different from what it would have been when Kirk Cousins initially suffered his season-ending injury.

Mullens will likely be the backup for Josh Dobbs when he comes back, pushing Jaren Hall back to the third quarterback on the depth chart. This isn't a knock on Mullens at all, but instead an endorsement of what Dobbs has been able to accomplish since arriving in Minnesota.

Mullens would provide an experienced quarterback behind Dobbs and his return would greatly decrease the chance that the Vikings would need to elevate former backup Sean Mannion from the team's practice squad.


The designation of Nick Mullens to return is a good sign that the Minnesota Vikings could have a bit more stability at the quarterback position for the remainder of the season. Mullens joins star wide receiver Justin Jefferson as players from the team who could be returning in the near future.

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