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Vikings Place Cameron Dantzler, Sr., on Injured Reserve & Sign Duke Shelley to 53

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings on Saturday announced they have placed cornerback Cameron Dantzler, Sr., on Injured Reserve because of an ankle injury he suffered last week at Washington.

Dantzler had already been ruled out for tomorrow's Week 10 game at Buffalo (6-2).

The third-year pro has started all eight games this season, helping Minnesota go 7-1 to open the 2022 campaign and win six games in a row. Dantzler's most memorable play so far this season was forcing and recovering a fumble by former teammate Ihmir Smith-Marsette to finish off the Bears in Week 5.

Dantzler has progressed in his third season with help from the tutelage of veteran Patrick Peterson, recording 45 tackles, two for loss and four passes defended this season. He must be on Injured Reserve for at least four games.

Rookie Akayleb Evans played 45 snaps last week in relief of Dantzler. Evans totaled five tackles (two for losses) and a key pass breakup on a fourth-and-1 in the third quarter.

The Vikings signed fourth-year cornerback Duke Shelley to the 53-man roster from their practice squad. Shelley first joined Minnesota's practice squad in September after spending the first three-plus seasons of his career with the Bears.

Shelley has been elevated twice this season for games at Philadelphia in Week 2 and at home against Detroit in Week 3. He totaled eight special teams snaps in those contests.

The Vikings also announced a standard elevation of tight end Nick Muse from their practice squad. The rookie has appeared in two games this season, totaling 10 snaps on special teams against the Bears and Commanders.