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Taylor Heinicke back on Vikings active roster

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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.

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14 Responses to “Taylor Heinicke back on Vikings active roster”
  1. stellarperformance says: Nov 8, 2016 3:25 PM

    They made room on the roster for this guy? That’s a great vote of confidence for Bradford.

  2. In Teddy We Trust says: Nov 8, 2016 3:29 PM

    Now that his foot is healed, Taylor can take over the kicking duties from Blair Walsh.

  3. ragnarthegreat says: Nov 8, 2016 3:35 PM

    Oh great, one of the world’s great minds returns to the Vikings. Seriously, risked his career and livelihood kicking in a door? Can this guy learn the offense?

  4. it's not's yellow says: Nov 8, 2016 3:51 PM

    He’s better than Shawn Hill.

  5. minnesotamuggs says: Nov 8, 2016 3:51 PM

    This guy has been pretty promising on the limited opportunities he’s received. Don’t really understand the hate…

  6. pnut87 says: Nov 8, 2016 3:52 PM

    ODU alum here. Can’t say much for his everyday smarts, with the kicking glass thing, but he has legitimate talent as a QB. He was fun to watch on Saturdays. Rooting for him to come back strong. I have confidence he can over take Bradford.

  7. tm81blog says: Nov 8, 2016 3:52 PM

    If Bradford gets knock out and the Vikings keep losing he might get a extended audition

  8. tjacks7 says: Nov 8, 2016 3:54 PM

    Not at all a fan of waiving Pruitt. He could instantly become the Packers #1 TE.

  9. FlashPatterson says: Nov 8, 2016 3:58 PM

    Too bad, Pruitt has looked pretty good at times… im sure he will get picked up.

  10. fwippel says: Nov 8, 2016 4:32 PM

    I hope Pruitt ends up back on the practice squad, and on the roster again at some point. He’s got a bright future.

    As for Heinicke, he is the heir apparent to Shaun Hill, maybe as soon as next season. For the Vikings to keep him around after that unforced error says something.

  11. ariani1985 says: Nov 8, 2016 4:35 PM

    Notice the epic battle for 3rd place by the packers!

  12. In Teddy We Trust says: Nov 8, 2016 4:36 PM

    He will start a game before this season is over.

  13. h0metownzero says: Nov 8, 2016 5:06 PM

    Generally you trade away a 1st and a 4th round pick for a QB with an expectation that you DON’T have to make another desperation move like this.

  14. tjacks7 says: Nov 8, 2016 5:48 PM

    Generally you trade away a 1st and a 4th round pick for a QB with an expectation that you DON’T have to make another desperation move like this.

    Yes, putting a QB that was on the roster last year and would have been on the roster this year, on the roster when he’s healthy stinks of desperation…

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