Vikings RB Kene Nwangwu was expected to compete as a kick returner in 2021, but a hyperextended left knee has derailed his rookie season.
However, Nwangwu could be back as soon as Wednesday, as first pointed out by Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. Once a player is designated for return off IR, the team needs to active him in the next 21 days.
At this point, Nwangwu could also be a good depth player at running back. He offers something in the receiving game. Minnesota signed Ameer Abdullah recently, so that role isn’t as dire now, but Nwangwu is a very speedy back who could factor in.
RB Dalvin Cook did miss the Week 3 game against the Seahawks. If Cook ends up missing more time, expect RB Alexander Mattison to take more carries. Expect Nwangwu to possibly fill in at times — on offense and special teams.
Nwangwu was a fourth round draft pick this year.
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