Vikings work out Terence Newman amid depleted secondary

The 41-year old hasn't played since the 2017 season.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

The Minnesota Vikings come into Saturday's NFC Divisional Playoff game with the San Francisco 49ers banged up and while most of the talk has been around Adam Thielen's ankle, the secondary is also in crisis mode after losing Mike Hughes and Mackensie Alexander to injured reserve in the past week.

With the Vikings running thin on bodies in the secondary, they called upon an old friend in Terence Newman. ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted on Saturday morning that the Vikings have worked out the 41-year-old and even considered signing him over promoting one of their players on the practice squad.

Newman last played for the Vikings in 2017 and was a solid nickel corner for a team that went to the NFC Championship Game. He recorded 35 total tackles and had an interception during that campaign, but opted to retire and become a secondary coach at the end of training camp in 2018. Newman left that post last offseason and has been fully retired until the Vikings gave him a call this week.

The need to call a player that hasn't been on the field in two years is a major concern for the Vikings who had to use Andrew Sendejo in the nickel spot in last week's victory over New Orleans. With Jayron Kearse ruled out with toe and knee injuries, the Vikings promoted Nate Meadors from the practice squad for Saturday's game. 

However, it shows the tall task they have going up against a 49ers team that ranked fourth in total offense this season.

Next Up

Antoine Winfield Jr.

Antoine Winfield Jr. says playoff win was "for my pops back in '09"

The son of the Vikings legend did not forget about "Bountygate."

Jared Vanderbilt

Shorthanded Timberwolves fall to Atlanta in Monday matinee

D'Angelo Russell scored 31 points, but didn't have much help.

police lights

Man, 72, critical after possible robbery outside Minneapolis business

The 72-year-old sustained gunshot wounds in the incident.

vaccine

It could take months to vaccinate MN teachers, people 65 and older

"This is going to be harder than going to Ticketmaster and trying to get Bruce Springsteen tickets," Walz said.

Herb Brooks statue

Trump's planned statue garden would include 2 Minnesotans, others with MN links

But there were some notable names absent from the wide-ranging and eclectic list.

k9 zeke

Petition seeks to allow retired Corcoran officer to keep K9 partner

Corcoran's public safety director says if K9 Zeke is donated to the officer it will be a loss for the department.

covid

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, Jan. 18

The latest update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Tom Kelly Jr.

Tom Kelly Jr., son of Twins World Series manager, dies at 42

He was a member of the 2001 UST national championship team.

Hennepin County CSI

Police: Man shot in the head by woman in Richfield

It happened in the early hours of Monday.

Related

Xavier Rhodes

5 starting positions the Vikings will need to fill for 2020

With the Vikings pressed against the cap, change could be coming in Minnesota.

Stefon Diggs

Purple and gold mush: 49ers end Vikings' season

With 91 yards of offense, the Vikings went into the offseason with a whimper.

Russell Wilson

5 questions for the Vikings vs. the Seahawks

Can the Vikings pull off the upset in primetime?

Jayron Kearse

Vikings' Jayron Kearse arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of two charges

The Vikings defensive back was arrested on Sunday morning on suspicion of DUI and possessing a firearm without a permit.

Vikings stun the Saints in overtime

With one overtime drive, Kirk Cousins may have gotten the monkey off his back.

Desmond King

Should the Vikings be interested in Desmond King?

The Chargers corner is reportedly on the trade block.

Dru Samia

4 Vikings storylines to watch against the Colts

Things can't get worse than they were last week...right?