We now have the corresponding roster move that the Minnesota Vikings needed to make in order to promote wide receiver Chad Beebe to the active roster Minnesota Vikings T-Shirt
, and it might say positive things about the status of another injured Viking.According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings have made room for Beebe on the 53-man roster by waiving offensive tackle Storm Norton.Norton was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad a week ago to provide offensive line depth for the Vikings in their game against the New Orleans Saints. The fact that the Vikings are now letting him go in order to make room for Beebe on the roster might say something about the status of offensive tackle Riley Reiff.Reiff has missed the Vikings’ last three games with a foot injury that had been bothering him since Week 3 of the season. He was limited in practice all week this week and listed as “questionable” on the team’s final injury report, but if the Vikings are going to let an offensive tackle go at this point, it would seem that Reiff is trending in the right direction.As mentioned in the injury report post, it will be interesting to see what the Vikings do at the other tackle position if Reiff is able to return on Sunday. Rashod Hill has been starting at left tackle in Reiff’s absence, and rookie Brian O’Neill has actually done a very good job at right tackle in his first few starts. If Reiff comes back, either Hill or O’Neill will have to go to the bench. Acknowledging the Buffalo Bills have much room to improve, coach Sean McDermott rejected the notion he is overseeing a team in turmoil following a tumultuous first two weeks."There's growing pains going through this Minnesota Vikings Hats
," McDermott said, Monday. "Nobody said it was going to be easy."No one said it was going to be this difficult either for a team off to a 0-2 start following a 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.Buffalo has been outscored by a combined 54-6 in the first halves of its two losses, and 78-23 overall.McDermott has already switched quarterbacks, taken over the defensive play-calling duties from coordinator Leslie Frazier and also had to contend with veteran cornerback Vontae Davis quitting the team at halftime against Los Angeles.McDermott said not all the issues and distractions are related, particularly when it comes to Davis. The offseason free-agent addition informed McDermott he was done during the first half, and then announced he was retiring after 10 NFL seasons a few hours after the game."His actions spoke loud and clear," McDermott said, when asked if he's had a chance to speak to Davis since Sunday. "I'm focused on my team right now."The NFL granted the Bills a roster exemption regarding Davis.McDermott has plenty on his plate with Buffalo entering a grueling portion of its schedule in which the Bills play one home game 鈥?against Tennessee on Oct. 7 鈥?in the next five weeks. Buffalo plays its next two on the road Minnesota Vikings Hoodie
, starting with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.Injuries are also becoming an issue.Running back LeSean McCoy's status is questionable after was sustained damage to his rib cartilage during the third quarter against the Chargers.Buffalo is also thin at cornerback. Aside from Davis' departure, Phillip Gaines' status is uncertain after he dislocated his left elbow Sunday.McDermott wouldn't rule out either from playing against the Vikings.As for his overall message to the team: "We all have to do our job better," he said."We've got some young players out there," McDermott added. "And they're going to continue to get better, continue to grow, continue to learn."He was specifically referring to the Bills starting two rookie first-round draft picks, quarterback Josh Allen and middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.Allen had a modestly successful first start in going 18 of 33 for 245 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions against the Chargers. Though the offense sputtered in the first half, Allen's 245 yards passing were the most by a Bills quarterback in his first NFL start since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly threw for 292 yards in a 28-24 loss to the New York Jets on Sept. 7 Youth Customized Minnesota Vikings Jerseys
, 1986.Edmunds has also been inconsistent.The 20-year-old has a sack and a forced fumble 鈥?Buffalo's only takeaway this season. On the downside, Edmunds has been the anchor of a defense that has surrendered 10 touchdowns 鈥?nine scored on 10 opponents' drives inside the Buffalo 20.McDermott, a former defensive coordinator, had seen enough in taking over the defense after the Bills allowed the Chargers to score touchdowns on four consecutive drives in building a 28-3 lead with 1:55 left in the first half."We're going to do whatever it takes to win," he said.McDermott hasn't decided whether he'll continue to run the defense, while stressing Frazier will still play a role."We're going to work on it together," he said. "I have a lot of confidence in Leslie Frazier."Frazier respected McDermott's decision, and noted he had to make difficult choices during his three-plus seasons as head coach in Minnesota."We owe it to our players to give us the best chance to win www.minnesotavikingsteamonline.com
, whatever it may be," Frazier said.The switch showed signs of paying off. After allowing 284 yards, 17 first downs in the first half, the Bills held the Chargers to just 65 yards and four first downs over the final 30 minutes."That's a delicate balance between making sure we build upon what we saw and the positives from yesterday in the second half," McDermott said. "And that we continue to make progress."