Hikutini was waived by Minnesota on Saturday, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
Hikutini showed some promise as an undrafted rookie in 2017 while with San Francisco but he's been unable to make an active roster since then. He may get a look as a practice squad candidate.
Hikutini signed a reserve/future contract with the Vikings on Wednesday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Hikutini finished the 2018 season on the Vikings' practice squad after getting cut by the 49ers prior to the start of the regular season. He'll now get a chance to secure a potential No. 4 job at tight end behind Kyle Rudolph, David Morgan and Tyler Conklin.
Hikutini (groin) caught his lone target for 18 yards in Thursday's preseason win over Dallas.
Hikutini was dealing with a minor groin injury last week, but he appears to have gotten over the issue in short order. Starting tight end George Kittle suffered a shoulder injury Thursday, so Hikutini will serve as the primary backup to Garrett Celek until Kittle returns to action.
Hikutini will not participate in training camp this week due to a groin injury, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Hikutini recently returned from an MCL sprain he suffered last season and he participated in the team's minicamp. Now, the injury bug has hit him again, although it doesn't seem like there is too much concern, as the 49ers are hoping he's healthy enough to return next week.
Hikutini (knee) took part in the 49ers' minicamp practices earlier in June, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Hikutini caught on with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie last year and hauled in two passes in four games before an MCL sprain landed him on injured reserve in November. Now healthy, the second-year pro likely will enter training camp as the team's No. 3 tight end, but he isn't a real threat to George Kittle and Garrett Celek atop the depth chart.
Hikutini will be placed on injured reserve this week after suffering an MCL sprain in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.
The team's third-string tight end will miss the remainder of the 2017 season following the injury designation. Given his place on the roster, there's no guarantee he'll stick around for the 2018 campaign which figures to have a fair amount of turnover in San Francisco.
Hikutini has been ruled out of the remainder of Sunday's matchup with the Cardinals, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Hikutini was set to see additional snaps since George Kittle (leg) was sitting out. With Hikutini's absence, though, Garrett Celek is the lone, healthy tight end for the 49ers, but Kittle still has a chance to return.
Hikutini was promoted to the 49ers' 53-man roster Saturday.
Hikutini saw limited snaps with the 49ers in the preseason and ended up on the team's practice squad. The 23-year-old takes the roster spot of recently released linebacker NaVorro Bowman, and will likely only serve as a reserve tight end.
Hikutini was waived by the 49ers on Saturday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN reports.
Hikutini didn't log many snaps in the preseason, so his departure isn't surprising. If he clears waivers, he could be signed to the practice squad.
Hikutini was on the field for just three plays in Saturday's preseason loss to the Broncos.
The fact that the undrafted tight end was on the field for an almost nonexistent period of time shows that he is likely on the outside looking in of the 49ers' tight end competition. Barring unforeseen changes, Hikutini appears destined for the practice squad, if he's not cut entirely.
Hikutini has a shot at making the 49ers' roster if he performs well this preseason, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.
The undrafted free agent out of Louisville had a strong 2016 campaign and was brought into camp to compete for a role in Kyle Shanahan's offense. He has received an extensive look during the 49ers' offseason program, and he could move up the depth chart with a strong showing during training camp as the club starts from scratch with its bevy of tight end options. A focus point of Hikutini's evaluation will be how well he has recovered from a knee injury that hurt his draft stock this past offseason. The 21-year-old produced 668 yards and eight touchdowns in his senior season with Louisville, so he possesses some playmaking potential if he were to make the roster.
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