Dec 31, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Robert Tonyan (18) reacts after a catch against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings sign veteran TE Robert Tonyan

The Minnesota Vikings announced the signing of veteran tight end Robert Tonyan on Thursday.

Tonyan, 30, caught 11 passes for 112 yards and no touchdowns in 17 games (six starts) for the Chicago Bears in 2023.

He previously played for the Green Bay Packers (2018-22) and spent time with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2017, giving him a sweep of the NFC North by joining the Vikings.

Tonyan has 148 career catches for 1,549 yards and 17 touchdowns in 85 games (24 starts). His 11 touchdown grabs in 2020 tied for fifth in the NFL.

Minnesota waived undrafted rookie linebacker Donovan Manuel to make room for Tonyan on the 90-man roster.

He joins a tight ends room that includes two-time Pro Bowler T.J. Hockenson, Josh Oliver, Johnny Mundt, Nick Muse, Trey Knox and Sammis Reyes.

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January 1, 2023; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders defensive tackle Jerry Tillery (90) reacts after San Francisco 49ers place kicker Robbie Gould (9) misses a field goal during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Vikings signing DT Jerry Tillery

The Minnesota Vikings are signing defensive tackle Jerry Tillery to a one-year, $3.75 million deal, NFL Network reported Thursday.

The Las Vegas Raiders released the former first-round pick with the start of the new league year on Wednesday.

Tillery, 27, tallied two sacks and 31 tackles in 17 games (six starts) for the Raiders in 2023.

He has 12.5 sacks, 41 quarterback hits and 147 tackles in 79 games (39 starts) with the Los Angeles Chargers (2019-22) and Raiders. The Chargers selected him with the 28th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Dec 24, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (2) looks on before the game against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings release former starting RB Alexander Mattison

The Minnesota Vikings on Monday released running back Alexander Mattison, who had started the first 13 games last season before losing that role to Ty Chandler in December.

Mattison, 25, signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Vikings last spring. He was due to carry a $4.6 million cap hit in 2024.

He rushed for 700 yards on 180 carries for 3.9 yards per attempt but failed to run for a touchdown. He caught 30 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns.

He was a third-round draft pick by the team in 2019 out of Boise State, and after four seasons as a sidekick and occasional substitute for Dalvin Cook, Mattison was given the starting job in 2023 after Cook was released.

In 75 games (19 starts) over five seasons with the Vikings, Mattison rushed 584 times for 2,370 yards and 11 touchdowns. He added 100 catches for 718 yards and six scores.

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Dec 24, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (87) warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings TE T.J. Hockenson, DL D.J. Wonnum out for season

Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with both ACL and MCL injuries.

Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell confirmed Hockenson’s status Tuesday, as well as a season-ending injury to edge rusher D.J. Wonnum, who tore a quadriceps muscle. Both will have surgery.

Hockenson, 26, took a direct hit to his right knee in the third quarter after catching a pass in Sunday’s 30-24 loss to the Detroit Lions and did not return.

In his first full season with the Vikings, Hockenson caught 95 passes for 960 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games (11 starts).

After playing his first 3 1/2 seasons with Lions (2019-22), Hockenson has 341 career receptions for 3,547 yards and 23 TDs in 72 games (60 starts). He was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2020 and 2022 seasons.

Wonnum, 26, departed in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss. He had 62 tackles and eight sacks in 15 games (14 starts) this season. In 62 games (31 starts) over four seasons with Minnesota, he has 171 tackles and 23 sacks.

Wide receiver Jordan Addison (ankle) was ruled day-to-day after he was injured in the second quarter against the Lions. Addison has 63 receptions and nine touchdowns in 15 games (12 starts) of his rookie season.

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Oct 1, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker D.J. Wonnum (98) on the sidelines in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Vikings LB D.J. Wonnum (torn quad) out for season

Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker D.J. Wonnum will miss the rest of the season with a partially torn quad, NFL Network reported Monday.

Wonnum left Sunday’s 30-24 loss to the Detroit Lions after sustaining the non-contact injury to his left leg while he was attempting to rush the passer in the fourth quarter.

The 26-year-old veteran is having his best season since the Vikings drafted him in the fourth round in 2020, posting a career high in tackles (62) in 15 games (14 starts). His eight sacks tie his career high. He returned a fumble 51 yards for a touchdown in a Week 4 win at Carolina.

Wonnum has recorded 23 sacks, 49 quarterback hits, 11 passes defensed and 171 tackles in 62 games (31 starts).

The Vikings (7-8) will have to rely on Pat Jones II and perhaps rookie Andre Carter II for their two remaining games against the visiting Green Bay Packers (Sunday) and the host Detroit Lions (Jan. 7).

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Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings open 21-day window for WR Justin Jefferson

Minnesota Vikings star receiver Justin Jefferson returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since straining his right hamstring on Oct. 8.

The Vikings designated Jefferson to return from injured reserve and opened the 21-day practice window for the reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year.

Jefferson, 24, was placed on IR on Oct. 11 and has been sidelined throughout a four-game winning streak by the Vikings (5-4), who host the New Orleans Saints (5-4) on Sunday.

Jefferson was injured during the second half of Minnesota’s 27-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5. He has 36 receptions for 571 yards and three touchdowns in five games this season.

He led the NFL in receptions (128) and receiving yards (1,809) in 2022, making the Pro Bowl for the third time and the All-Pro first team for the first time.

If Jefferson returns this weekend, he will be rejoining a new-look offense now under the direction of quarterback Joshua Dobbs following Kirk Cousins’ season-ending Achilles injury.

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Nov 5, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Cam Akers (31) runs with the ball against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings place RB Cam Akers (Achilles) on IR

The Minnesota Vikings placed running back Cam Akers on injured reserve Wednesday.

The move was expected after Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell confirmed Monday that Akers sustained a ruptured Achilles during last weekend’s win against the Atlanta Falcons.

Minnesota acquired Akers from the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 20 in exchange for a swap of 2026 draft picks. The Rams gave up a conditional seventh-round pick and will acquire a conditional Vikings’ sixth-round selection.

Akers, 24, started in Week 1 for the Rams, rushing for 29 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in a win at Seattle. He had 138 yards on 38 carries in six games with the Vikings.

Akers has 398 carries for 1,581 yards and 11 touchdowns in 36 career games (15 starts) since being selected by Los Angeles in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Florida State.

Also on Wednesday, the Vikings signed quarterback Tanner Morgan to the practice squad and returned defensive lineman Sheldon Day to the practice squad.

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Oct 29, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) gets a pass away while under pressure from Green Bay Packers linebacker Kenny Clark (97) in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins (ankle) departs late vs. Packers

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins injured his ankle late in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers and was ruled out for the remainder of the contest.

Cousins was injured on a non-contact play. He planted his right leg, which wobbled slightly, as he scanned the field to throw a pass.

The 35-year-old Cousins completed 23 of 31 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns before his injury. He was replaced by Jaren Hall, a rookie fifth-round pick out of BYU.

Minnesota led 24-10 in the fourth quarter when Cousins was injured.

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