Quarterback Taylor Heinicke didn’t need to kick down anyone’s door to get back on the Vikings active roster.
Heinicke was placed on the non-football injury list at the start of training camp after he injured his foot while trying to kick in the door of a friend’s house after they returned home to find themselves locked out. Heinicke kicked through a glass pane on the door and severed a tendon, leaving himself with an extended absence from the field.
Heinicke was activated on Tuesday, which leaves the Vikings with three quarterbacks on the active roster so it’s not clear how much work he’ll get after his long layoff. Should something happen to either Sam Bradford or Shaun Hill, though, the Vikings wouldn’t have to look outside the organization for a backup.
The Vikings waived 2015 fifth-round pick MyCole Pruitt to make room for Heinicke. He has 11 catches in 18 games with the team, but just one in two appearances this year.