Vikings place RB McKinnon on IR

Eden Prairie, MN ( – The Minnesota Vikings placed running
back Jerick McKinnon on injured reserve Saturday.

McKinnon took over as Minnesota’s starting tailback as a rookie as a result of
Adrian Peterson’s suspension and the ineffectiveness of Matt Asiata.

The third-round draft pick out of Georgia Southern currently leads the team in
rushing with 538 yards on 113 carries (4.8 ypc) but did not find the end zone.

McKinnon missed last week’s game against the Panthers because of a lower back
injury and had already been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Jets.

Asiata, Joe Banyard and the newly-signed Ben Tate are expected to split
carries out of the backfield.

In other roster moves, the Vikings signed defensive end Justin Trattou to the
active roster from the practice squad and signed safety Ahmad Dixon to the
practice squad.