Vikings Say Goodbye to 2 Players

Jan 1, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; A Minnesota Vikings helmet sits on the field during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings made the decision to activate Justin Jefferson from IR.

However, in order to create room for him, Minnesota needed to free up a spot on the 53-man roster. In order to do this, the Vikings made the decision to release WR N’Keal Harry while also releasing QB Sean Mannion from the practice squad.

Vikings Say Goodbye to 2 Players

Vikings Say Goodbye to 2 Players
Aug 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sean Mannion (14) throws during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, the Vikings tweeted that the two players would be released in conjunction with Jefferson’s return to the active roster. The official account stated, “The #Vikings have officially activated WR Justin Jefferson. WR N’Keal Harry has been waived and QB Sean Mannion has been released from the practice squad.”

Harry has appeared in nine games for the Vikings this year, but the former first-round pick has largely been relegated to a role on the special teams. He has not recorded a reception yet this season and has appeared in just 23 snaps with the offense.

The wide receiver signed with Minnesota back in August after a very tumultuous start to his career. Harry began with the New England Patriots, who selected him 32nd overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. Over three years in New England, he caught 57 passes for 598 yards and 4 TDs.

Dec 6, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry (1) prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Harry was then traded to the Chicago Bears before the 2022 season and caught 7 passes for 116 yards and a single touchdown before heading to Minnesota. The receiver has bounced between the Vikings active roster and practice squad all season, so there is a chance that he could be back with the team shortly.

As for Mannion, he was signed to the practice squad in order to give the Vikings some extra QB depth following the injuries to both Kirk Cousins and Nick Mullens. However, with all three of Josh Dobbs, Jaren Hall, and Nick Mullens fully healthy now, Minnesota did not have a need to keep a fourth QB around.

The veteran QB has spent time with the Rams, Vikings, and Seahawks throughout his career, but he has made both of his career starts for Minnesota. The first of these starts came during Week 17 of the 2019 season after the Vikings had sealed up a playoff spot.

Aug 14, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sean Mannion (14) attempts a pass against the Las Vegas Raiders during a preseason game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota will be on their bye this week, which gives them a chance to rest after 12 consecutive weeks of hard-fought football. Their next game will come in Week 14 as they travel to Las Vegas and take on the Raiders.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.