The Vikings have placed cornerback Mackensie Alexander on injured reserve just one day before their NFC Divisional Round game against the 49ers according to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
They signed rookie defensive back Nate Meadows to the active roster in a corresponding move. Alexander suffered a small meniscus tear in Week 17 and was unable to suit up for last Sunday’s win at New Orleans.
He underwent arthroscopic surgery on Thursday and the medical staff obviously determined that the 26-year-old Alexander would not recover in time to contribute even if the Vikings make the Super Bowl. A second-round pick out of Clemson in 2016, Alexander will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
With Alexander headed to IR and second-year corner Mike Hughes already there, the Vikings will head to San Fran with a very thin secondary.
Only nine teams had at least four CBs graded outside of Pro Football Focus’s top-50 corners this season. The Texans (5) and Vikings (4) are the only playoff teams to appear on that list.
Secondary help will likely be a top priority for Minnesota throughout free agency and the draft this offseason and several members of the current secondary-including Alexander and former shutdown corner Xavier Rhodes-could find themselves wearing a different uniform in 2020.
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