Two days after the Minnesota Vikings lost starting left tackle Jake Long to an Achilles injury, they helped supplement their offensive line by signing tackle Rashod Hill from the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad. His agent broke the news on Twitter and the Vikings later confirmed the signing.
Hill, out of Southern Mississippi, signed with the Jaguars as a rookie free agent following the 2016 draft. He was promoted from the Jaguars’ practice squad on Sept. 24 and was active for their Week 3 game, but waived two days later and re-signed to their practice squad.
Hill was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at Southern Miss and earned second-team All-Conference USA honors for his role in the Golden Eagles’ 12th-ranked offense, which averaged 509.5 yards total and 329.7 passing yards per game.
With the trading deadline passed, the Vikings were limited in their options to replace Long. They could either sign a street free agent or sign a player from another team’s practice squad.
The Vikings could move Alex Boone from left guard to left tackle, something he told reporters he would be willing to do after the Long injury, or move T.J. Clemmings back to left tackle and have either Hill, Jeremiah Sirles, Willie Beavers or Nick Easton work into the starting lineup.
The Vikings placed Long on injured reserve in conjunction with the Hill move. Long was headed for surgery on Tuesday morning, he tweeted.