Rookie running back Jerick McKinnon’s season is over.
The Vikings placed McKinnon on injured reserve with a low back injury on Saturday. He didn’t play last Sunday and didn’t practice at all this week.
His season ends with 113 rushing attempts for 538 yards, a 4.8-yard average. He also added 27 catches for 135 yards.
McKinnon worked his way into the starting lineup in Week 6 and started the next six weeks before the injury derailed his progress. He entered the season No. 3 on the running back depth chart, but the Vikings lost Adrian Peterson after Week 1 when his legal issues became public. They initially went with Matt Asiata as their starter, but McKinnon proved more explosive and earned the starting job.
Asiata is expected to start Sunday against the New York Jets, just as he did last week with McKinnon out. Joe Banyard and Ben Tate are also expected to be active.
The Vikings promoted DE Justin Trattou from the practice squad to take McKinnon’s spot on the 53-man roster, and safety Ahmad Dixon was signed to the practice squad with the spot available after Trattou’s promotion.
Dixon was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round (248th overall) in May. He was on the Vikings practice squad earlier this season before being signed to the Bears’ active roster. While with the Bears, Dixon recorded three special teams tackles and recovered a muffed punt. He was a three-year starter at Baylor and started 38 of his final 39 games with the Bears. As a senior, Dixon was named first-team All-American and was a consensus first-team All-Big 12 selection. Dixon finished his senior campaign with 81 tackles, two tackles for loss, six pass breakups, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick.
Vikings place RB McKinnon on injured reserve
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