Taylor Heinicke is back on the 53-man roster of the Minnesota Vikings after recovering from a severed tendon near his left ankle, an injury that the second-year quarterback suffered in July prior to training camp when he tried to kick open a door after returning from a movie.
Heinicke said last week that he was trying to approach his last three weeks of practice without thinking about the impending decision that the Vikings needed to make regarding his roster status.
“I’m just coming in every day with the same attitude, same mindset. Just trying to get better and trying to do whatever the team needs me to do,” he said. “That’s really all I’m worried about right now.”
Heinicke spent training camp with his left foot in a boot and was on the reserve/non-football injury list until Tuesday. He said last week he had no indication of what decision the Vikings would make, but he knew they needed to decide to either activate him or waive him by Wednesday.
“I feel good. My body feels good. I’m just trying to get as many reps as I can and take advantage of that,” he said. “I’m just really trying to polish up right now.”
In order to make room for him on the 53-man roster, the Vikings waived tight end MyCole Pruitt, a fifth-round draft pick in 2015 that had played only 23 snaps this year while dealing with a knee injury.