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Vikings Place Bisi Johnson and T.Y. McGill, Jr. on Injured Reserve in Roster Moves


EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings on Monday announced five roster moves ahead of Tuesday's deadline to reduce their roster from 80 players to 53.

Minnesota placed receiver Bisi Johnson and defensive lineman T.Y. McGill, Jr., on Injured Reserve.

Johnson suffered a torn ACL early in the second half at Denver in Minnesota's preseason finale. McGill left Saturday's game with an ankle injury on his third snap against the Broncos.

Additionally, the Vikings released cornerback Tye Smith and waived tackle Timon Parris and receiver Myron Mitchell.

Johnson will have to undergo his second ACL surgery in as many years. He worked his way back from injury last year, and Head Coach Kevin O'Connell said Saturday that the 2019 seventh-round pick deserved to make Minnesota's 53-man roster.

McGill recorded 2.0 sacks at Las Vegas and another 1.5 against San Francisco. He finished the preseason ranked second in the NFL with 3.5 sacks (behind former Viking Tashawn Bower, who recorded 4.0 with the Raiders).

Smith had re-signed with Minnesota last week. He played eight snaps against the Raiders but was not with the team when the Vikings played the 49ers. Smith played 31 snaps against the Broncos.

Parris appeared in all three preseason games, playing 13 snaps at Las Vegas, 14 against San Francisco and 44 at Denver.

Mitchell totaled five receptions for 55 yards this preseason. He played 14 snaps at Las Vegas, where he caught two passes for 37 yards. Mitchell played 19 snaps against San Francisco and 38 at Denver. He caught three passes for 18 yards against the Broncos.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Jan. 14, 2023.