Vikings promote RB, DB from practice squad, lift Harrison Smith off IR
The Minnesota Vikings made a handful of personnel moves on Saturday in preparation for Sunday's tilt against the Philadelphia Eagles.
After eight weeks, safety Harrison Smith has been activated off injured reserve and will play Sunday for the first time since injuring his foot in an Oct. 13 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Smith isn't pegged to start, but will see limited reps at safety, per coach Leslie Frazier.
The Vikings had a free spot for Smith after placing tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot) on injured reserve earlier this week. However, the team had to waive offensive tackle Mike Remmers and place cornerback Josh Robinson (chest) on injured reserve on Saturday to make room for two additional players.
Defensive back Robert Steeples and running back Joe Banyard have been promoted to the 53-man roster as cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes (ankle) and Chris Cook (knee) are doubtful and questionable, respectively. Running backs Adrian Peterson (groin, foot) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) are also questionable.
Both Peterson and Gerhart were set to workout on Saturday, but Frazier left open the possibility that they would be game-time decisions. Banyard's promotion could indicate a contingency plan or that a decision has already been made that one or both of the rushers can't play.
Frazier was pessimistic about Rhodes' chances of playing, hence the doubtful designation, which leaves Marcus Sherels, Robert Blanton, Shaun Prater and now Steeples as the healthy options at cornerback. There's a possibility that Cook plays after a late-week addition to the injury report on Friday.