Riley suffered a slight Achilles tear during Wednesday's practice, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Per Stroud, the injury occurred after Riley was tangled up with Rob Gronkowski and Kevin Minter in practice. It's unclear how long the injury will keep Riley out, but his absence won't affect much from a fantasy perspective.
Riley's signing a contract with the Buccaneers, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. Riley's accumulated 131 tackles and five interceptions over 49 career NFL appearances. He'll provide safety depth for Tampa Bay if he's able to make the roster.
The Vikings waived Riley on Saturday. Riley was a healthy scratch in each of the last three games, so his departure isn't surprising. If the 28-year-old clears waivers, he's a candidate to land on the Vikings' practice squad.
Riley is set to sign with the Vikings on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Riley has been in the league since 2016, taking snaps for four different organizations. His best year was 2018 with the Giants, when he recorded 75 combined tackles and four interceptions while appearing in all 16 games. He did a appear in a few games for Arizona in 2020, but was demoted to the practice squad and later cut in early October. Riley, who should be available by Week 9, will help provide depth to cover for the loss of Georgia Iloka, who was placed on IR last week after suffering a torn ACL.
Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said Thursday that Riley will start during Sunday's game against the Panthers, Kevin Zimmerman of ArizonaSports.com reports. Riley looks set to start at strong safety in place of Chris Banjo (hamstring). With Budda Baker (thumb) also on track to miss Week 4, it appears as though Deionte Thompson will also handle a starting safety role in Carolina.
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|3||09/26||@Los Angeles Rams||19|
|4||10/03||@New England Patriots||31|
|8||10/31||@New Orleans Saints||32|
|10||11/14||@Washington Football Team||6|
|11||11/22||New York Giants||10|
|15||12/19||New Orleans Saints||32|
|17||01/02||@New York Jets||1|