Iloka (knee) was placed on injured reserve by the Vikings on Thursday. This is a rough break for the veteran, as Iloka suffered a torn ACL during Wednesday's practice, per Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Iloka will now likely need surgery and hit the rehab process, as it's unclear if he'll play in the NFL again. With both he and Myles Dorn (undisclosed) residing on IR, Josh Metellus is on the only health depth safety currently on the roster.
Iloka signed with the Vikings' 53-man roster Saturday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Instead of elevating Iloka to the active roster each week, the Vikings rewarded the veteran safety with a contract ahead of Sunday's game versus the Seahawks. Iloka played 66 percent of the team's defensive snaps last week against the Texans and recorded five tackles, and he's poised for a similar role in Week 5.
The Vikings promoted Iloka to the 53-man roster from the practice squad Sunday. With the Vikings dealing with some significant injuries in their secondary for Sunday's contest, they elected to promote both Iloka and Mark Fields. Iloka was with the Vikings last season, but never played a regular-season contest, so he'll be in line for a depth role in Week 3.
Iloka (shoulder) was released by the Cowboys on Friday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. Iloka finds himself a free agent after training camp for a second straight year. He appeared in all 16 games for the Vikings last year, serving as a backup safety. He could see some interest from teams seeking a veteran safety presence or those facing injuries at the position.
Iloka is expected to start at strong safety Sunday against the Cardinals with Andrew Sendejo (groin) already ruled out for the contest, Andrew Kammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Iloka, who signed with the Vikings on Aug. 22, was limited exclusively to a special-teams role until Week 4. Despite his lack of in-game defensive reps this season, he boasts plenty of familiarity with coach Mike Zimmer's scheme from their time in Cincinnati together. The starting assignment could set Iloka up for a decent tackle count Sunday, as Sendejo had averaged 5.4 stops per game through the first five weeks of the season.
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