With running backs Adrian Peterson (foot) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) both questionable for Sunday’s home game against the Eagles, the Vikings had only one healthy tailback: Matt Asiata.
They now have two.
The Vikings have elevated running back Joe Banyard from the practice squad. It’s one of several roster moves for the 3-9-1 Vikings.
They also activated safety Harrison Smith from injured reserve, placed cornerback Josh Robinson on injured reserve, promoted cornerback Robert Steeples from the practice squad, and waiving tackle Mike Remmers.
Smith, a first-round pick in 2012, was placed on IR in October, with the designation to return to play after at least eight weeks. Each team can designate one player per year for return after being placed on IR.
The elevation of Banyard likely means that either Peterson or Gerhart won’t play.