The Vikings released King (leg) off injured reserve Tuesday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. King reverted to IR when he cleared waivers on Aug. 31 and is now free to explore other opportunities, health permitting. The fourth-year receiver has 22 receptions for 240 yards and three touchdowns in his career.
King has been waived/injured by Minnesota on Friday, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports. King played 15 games for the Giants the past two years, but that veteran experience didn't land him a job with the Vikings. He'll likely catch on elsewhere if his injury isn't serious. He had missed some time in the preseason with a leg injury.
King did not participate in Saturday's practice due to a leg injury, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. King's leg injury is a bit of a mystery at this point, so it's unclear just how long he'll be held out of practice. The former Giant was signed by the Vikings this offseason after finishing his 2017 campaign on IR. He's competing for a depth role at wide receiver behind Laquon Treadwell and Kendall Wright.
The Vikings signed King to a contract Thursday. Selected by the Broncos in the fifth round of the 2013 draft, King spent time with three other organizations before landing on the Giants' practice squad in September of 2015. He didn't reach the 53-man roster until Week 1 of the next season, which he capped off with a 41-yard touchdown in a wild-card loss to the Packers. King proceeded to make his greatest impact as a pro last year in the absence of Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall. From Week 6 onward, King hauled in 18 of 37 passes for 240 yards and three TDs. Expect the 27-year-old King to compete for slotting on the Vikings' depth chart with 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell.
King (concussion) wasn't in attendance for the Giants' practice Thursday, Dan Duggan of NJ.com reports. The fact that King hasn't even been around the Giants' facility to work out on the side during the team's first two practices of the week suggests he's not in line to clear the concussion protocol before Sunday's season finale against the Redskins. If King does indeed miss his second straight contest, he'll finish the campaign with 18 catches for 240 yards and three touchdowns across eight games, all of which are career highs.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|5||10/06||@New York Giants||10||20.75|
|9||11/03||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|15||12/16||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|16||12/24||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|3 Year Avg||14||7||97||1||4||13.86||15|