Vikings reportedly sign Stevan Ridley to bolster running back corps
The Minnesota Vikings reportedly are signing Stevan Ridley in the wake of losing rookie running back Dalvin Cook for the season due to an ACL injury.
Source: Free agent RB Stevan Ridley is signing with the #Vikings. He worked out yesterday afternoon, fills Dalvin Cook’s roster spot
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 5, 2017
Ridley reportedly worked out for the Vikings Wednesday.
Cook was off to a monster start in his rookie campaign before suffering a torn ACL on a non-contact play in last Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions. In four games, Cook had rushed for 354 yards on 74 carries (a 4.8-per-carry average) with two touchdowns. Cook, a multi-faceted back, also played a huge role in Minnesota’s passing game with 11 receptions for 90 yards.
Ridley, meanwhile, spent the offseason with the Denver Broncos, rushing for 109 yards on 38 carries (2.9 yards per attempt) before being cut loose. After four seasons with the New England Patriots, Ridley, 28, bounced around playing for the New York Jets in 2015 and the Atlanta Falcons for part of the 2016 season.
Ridley seemingly is nothing more than a depth addition, as Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon are expected to take the majority of the snaps at running back for the Vikings.