Vikings place Nick Easton on injured reserve, sign Kaleb Johnson

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The Vikings moved offensive guard Nick Easton to injured reserve Monday, opening a roster spot for Kaleb Johnson. Easton will miss the season with a neck injury that required surgery last week.

Johnson adds much-needed depth at the position, with guard Mike Remmers also having missed time with an ankle injury.

The Bears cut Johnson on Saturday.

Johnson, in his fourth season out of Rutgers, joins his sixth NFL team. He has never appeared in a regular-season game.

He originally signed with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He also has spent time with the Browns, Cardinals and Chiefs.

At Rutgers, Johnson started 50 consecutive games while playing multiple positions along the offensive line.

19 responses to “Vikings place Nick Easton on injured reserve, sign Kaleb Johnson

  1. Chiefs and Cards fans what kind of player is he? Is he decent, I don’t know much about him?

  2. Johnson’s path to a roster spot depends on his ability to play both guard and center. In Compton, Isidora, and Collins, the Vikings have good options to replace Easton as the starting left guard. The problem is that Easton was also the backup center and those guys don’t play center. With Elflein still on the PUP list, they need more depth at center. Cornelius Edison did a good job Saturday night but I’m not sure the light bulb has gone on for him yet.

  3. A guy cut before 1st cuts is our solution?? Ugh.
    Hopefully this is camp body move…and a more substantial move is coming.

  4. fmc651 says:
    August 13, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Chiefs and Cards fans what kind of player is he? Is he decent, I don’t know much about him?
    ++++++

    He’s the kind of player who is available for free on August 13. On his 6th team in 4 years. That’s probably enough info…..

  5. Could be just a camp body for depth.

    The price was negligible to bring him in.

    Probably a better deal than the winless QB packerlies team traded a starting CB for to allegedly be a more talented backup than Hundley.

    Think about it, Kizer lost a very winnable game to Hundley!!!!

  6. tinye67 says:
    August 13, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    A guy cut before 1st cuts is our solution?? Ugh.
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    The 90th guy on a roster is rarely a solution. Camp body, nothing to see here.

  7. First the Vikings lose their offensive line coach to a heart attack, then they lose one of their starting guards to IR, the other guard thinks better of coming out of retirement and the Viking’s solution for all of this is to sign a street free agent that is on his 4th team in 6 years.

    Might Mr. Johnson should be fitted for the right sized roller skates since his play often resembles a guy on roller skates, easily pushed, constantly off balance and not much more than a turnstile for the opposing team’s players. But yet, the Vikings are going to the Superbowl. At least that’s what I read on this very site.

  8. I feel like we’re being too hard on these Vikings fans.

    After all, their QB scored on the very first drive of the preseason. Against a bunch of 2nd string players. Who hadn’t seen anything other than their own QB. Playing a vanilla defense.

    Never mind. Fire away.

    These guys are morons.

  9. I lways feel a little empathy for the big fat guys up front when they go down because you very seldom hear of those guys talking crap. They’re real men playing as men do. You never hear of an O-line pulling a D-lineman’s gold chain off.

    Feel bad for this guy. Heal up for next year.

  10. packertruth you are probably right about him. I figured the same but was hoping that the Chiefs line was good and there wasn’t enough room.

  11. Tokyo,whathappened,13champ and whatever other account you have. Vikings fans are talking Super Bowl here.Just because you say it doesn’t make it fact. It is fans from other teams saying they Have to go to the SB or signing Cousins blah blah blah.

    Vikings fans and other NFL fans know the Vikings have put together a good team. They should be in the mix at the end of the season.

  12. For one thing Rick Spielman doesn’t believe he needs to spend anything other than (usually) 5th round picks on the O-Line, Except for last year, they have out right stunk, since he became GMplus injuries. Spielman has spoiled Zimmer by giving what he wanted, that was to build a very good defense while ignoring the O-Line! Kalil and last years Pick at center.
    I do get my fill of laughs from the childish comments from guys like Tokyo, McNasty, Seller Performance. I thought there were rules on Moderation for personal attacks on players on or off the story line. I guess that is only for Vikings fans, Such as infantile remarks like this one!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    tokyosandblaster says:
    August 13, 2018 at 6:28 pm
    I feel like we’re being too hard on these Vikings fans.

    After all, their QB scored on the very first drive of the preseason. Against a bunch of 2nd string players. Who hadn’t seen anything other than their own QB. Playing a vanilla defense.

    Never mind. Fire away.

    These guys are morons.
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    There should seriously be some looking in the mirror when things like that are said, They are simply comments from persons or a person that is not able to subjugate an intelligent reply on a debate.

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