The Minnesota Vikings have made some changes to their roster ahead of their upcoming games. The team plans to activate guard Chris Reed, who has been on the injured list, to bolster their offensive line. Unfortunately, defensive lineman Dean Lowry will be sidelined due to a torn pectoral muscle, a new injury he suffered in the recent game against the Denver Broncos.
After returning from a two-game absence due to a groin injury, Lowry’s bad luck continued as he suffered the torn pectoral muscle while attempting to reach for Broncos running back Javonte Williams in the second quarter. An MRI confirmed the injury, and Lowry will now be placed on injured reserve. In his place, the Vikings will activate guard Chris Reed from the reserve/non-football injury list.
Last offseason, Lowry joined the Vikings after spending seven years with the Green Bay Packers. The 29-year-old signed a two-year deal worth up to $8.5 million with Minnesota. However, his playing time had decreased to a part-time role this season after starting as a Vikings starter. In the nine games he played, Lowry recorded 14 tackles, a fumble recovery, and a pass deflection.
This injury marks the second time the Vikings have lost a defensive tackle to injured reserve this season. James Lynch, who tore his ACL over the summer, is also on the injured reserve. Currently, the Vikings have Harrison Phillips, Jonathan Bullard, Khyiris Tonga, and rookie Jaquelin Roy on their active roster, while Sheldon Day and T.J. Smith are on the practice squad.
On the offensive side, the Vikings will rely on Chris Reed’s return to the field. The 31-year-old guard from Minnesota State-Mankato suffered a lower leg fracture in July away from the team’s facility, which kept him out for the entire season so far. Reed’s experience and skills will be a valuable addition to the Vikings’ offensive line.
With these roster changes, the Vikings hope to overcome the obstacles they have faced this season. As they continue to compete, the team will undoubtedly rely on the depth and talent within their squad to achieve success on the field.