The Vikings activated Herndon (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday. Herndon is healthy for the offseason after missing Week 18. He played in each of Minnesota's first 16 games in 2021, but was targeted only five times while averaging 11.5 snaps per contest. Herndon turns 26 in February, and 60 percent of his career receiving yards (502 of 836) came during his 2018 rookie campaign. He'll become an unrestricted free agent in March if he doesn't re-sign with Minnesota first.
The Vikings didn't reinstate Herndon (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to Sunday's game against the Bears, Will Ragatz of SI.com reports. Minnesota at least restored some depth at tight end for the finale with blocking specialist Ben Ellefson (foot/knee) making his return from injured reserve, but Herndon's absence will leave the Vikings without at true pass-catching threat at the position beyond starter Tyler Conklin. After being acquired from the Jets prior to Week 1, Herndon concludes his first season in Minnesota with just four receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown on seven targets over 16 games.
Herndon (neck) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday. The tight end tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday and will now enter the league's protocols surrounding the virus. Herndon suffered a neck injury in Week 17 against the Packers, making it unlikely that he plays Sunday versus the Bears regardless of the his ability to clear COVID protocols.
Herndon (neck) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against Green Bay. Herndon wasn't targeted prior to being injured. Luke Stocker should see more run alongside Tyler Conklin at tight end in heavy sets with Herndon hurt.
Herndon played 13 offensive snaps and wasn't targeted during Sunday's 29-27 loss to the Lions. Herndon and Luke Stocker each played 13 offensive snaps while starting tight end Tyler Conklin led Minnesota's pass catchers with 72 snaps. Herndon has only three catches for 23 yards and a touchdown in 12 games this season and has no fantasy appeal in his current role as a depth tight end.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||Green Bay Packers||22||7.67|
|4||10/02||@New Orleans Saints||7||5.06|
|12||11/24||New England Patriots||6||5.00|
|13||12/04||New York Jets||27||8.82|
|16||12/24||New York Giants||12||5.88|
|17||01/01||@Green Bay Packers||22||7.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||18||12||111||1||7||9.25||15|