Floyd's return will force roster move
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd will be back on the roster next week.
Floyd's four-game NFL suspension ends with the Sunday's game against Detroit at U.S. Bank Stadium. The St. Paul native and former Cretin-Derham Hall High School star was said to be quite anxious about his return.
"He's staying in shape, working out,'' Minnesota safety Harrison Smith, Floyd's teammate at Notre Dame, said Friday, Sept. 29. "I know he's excited to get back out there. ... He's ready to go and to help the team any way he can.''
The Vikings will need to make a roster move to make room for Floyd, suspended following a conviction earlier this year for extreme DUI. They have six wide receivers on the 53-man roster, so it's very possible one could be let go.
Minnesota has a pair of rookie receivers in Rodney Adams, a fifth-round selection, and Stacy Coley, who went in the seventh round. Adams has been inactive for all three games, and Coley was inactive last Sunday against Tampa Bay. Coley got in for two plays from scrimmage in the opener against New Orleans and didn't play in the second game at Pittsburgh.
"I'm not nervous about anything as far as Floyd coming back,'' Adams said of his roster spot. "I think I've done good. I'm just going out and helping the team every day (in practice).''
Floyd, who signed as a free agent in May, played in all four Minnesota preseason games. He was able to attend team meetings during his suspension.
Though no penalty was called, Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo was fined $24,309 by the NFL for hitting Tampa Bay tight end Cameron Brate in the back of the head following a touchdown reception last Sunday.
A source said Friday that Sendejo received that fine, and also hit with fines were Minnesota linebacker Anthony Barr ($18,231 for a horse-collar tackle against the Buccaneers) and cornerback Xavier Rhodes ($9,115 for a taunting penalty).
Sendejo's hit came after a 15-yard reception by Brate in the end zone in the third quarter of Minnesota's 34-17 victory at U.S. Bank Stadium. Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said Monday that an official told him he missed the call.
"Yes, it should have been a penalty, and the official told me afterwards that he just flat missed it and he saw it on the replay," Koetter told reporters. "I appreciate his honesty. I was asking him about it. It looked like it to everybody that was watching it, and of course, Cam thought it was. The official came right over and said he missed it when he saw it on the replay."
Barr had a horse-collar tackle in the third quarter following a reception from Charles Sims. Barr was penalized, as were the Buccaneers for holding, so the penalties offset.
Rhodes was flagged for a taunting penalty in the second quarter following an interception that Trae Waynes returned 18 yards to the Minnesota 16. Rhodes jawed with Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans, and an official had to hold Rhodes back. Evans was not fined for the incident.
"It was just me being in the heat of the moment, heat of the battle," Rhodes said Monday. "It's just one of those moments when you're just out fighting for your teammates, and you and an opponent just going at it, and it went too far."
Reiff's take on Lions
Vikings tackle Riley Reiff, who played for the Lions from 2012-16, will face his former team Sunday for the first time.
Reiff, who signed a five-year, $58.75 million contract last March as a free agent, declined comment Friday. He said he only talks to the media after games.
It didn't take long for Reiff to endear himself to the Vikings. Coach Mike Zimmer selected him earlier this month as one of the team's six captains.
"He is a hard worker,'' Zimmer said. "He is really a fairly quiet guy, but when he says something he means it. He is a tough guy on the field. Good guy in the meeting room, good guy in the locker room.''
Guard Joe Berger said Reiff reached out to Minnesota's offensive linemen after he signed.
"I love Riley,'' Berger said. "He's great, from the day he walked into the locker room, from the first time he signed here and sent us all a text. He's a team player. He's a leader. He's just a guy that you want.''
Vikings tackle Rashod Hill sat out practice and was listed as questionable for Sunday with a knee injury he apparently suffered in Thursday's workout.
Tackle Mike Remmers returned to practice after sitting out Thursday with an illness, and was not listed on the injury report.
The only other player listed was quarterback Sam Bradford, who had been ruled out Thursday.
Case Keenum will replace Bradford for the third straight game, and the backup again will be rookie Kyle Sloter, signed Sept. 4 to the practice squad and elevated Sept. 16 to the 53-man roster. Sloter said he is up to speed with the playbook and will be ready if needed against the Lions.
"It's going really good,'' Sloter said. "Every day, I'm getting better. I've been putting in the hours (studying) to be able to come in and be effective if called upon.''
Detroit's injury report listed center Zac Kerin (knee) and running back Dwayne Washington (quadriceps) as out and defensive end Ziggy Ansah (knee), safeties Don Carey (knee) and Tavon Wilson (shoulder), linebacker Jarrad Davis (concussion), wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hamstring) and center Travis Swanson (ankle) as questionable.