Lang spent all of last season on the Vikings' injured reserve list due to a lower-leg injury and previously all of 2017 on Minnesota's practice squad. The 26-year-old has yet to make his NFL debut and projects to play a depth role on the Patriots' offensive line if he earns a spot on the 53-man roster.
The Vikings won't tender Lang a contract for 2019, making him an unrestricted free agent, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Lang sustained a lower-leg injury during the preseason and spent all of 2018 on Minnesota's injured reserve list. The 26-year-old lineman will now look to earn a depth role elsewhere around the league.
Lang (lower leg) cleared waivers Tuesday and reverted to injured reserve, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Lang will require season-ending surgery, so even if an injury settlement is reached, his focus will shift to the 2019 campaign. The Vikings will look for additional linemen to back up Tom Compton.
This move is no surprise after Lang suffered a season-ending surgery during Saturday's preseason loss to the Jaguars. Lang's loss leaves the Vikings struggling with depth behind starter Tom Compton. If he clears waivers, he'll revert to the team's injured reserve.
Lang, who was carted off the field with an air cast on his right leg Saturday, failed to avoid a serious injury as he'll undego surgery and lose his 2018 season as a result. Fellow guard Josh Andrews also left Saturday's tilt with a leg injury, leaving the Vikings extremely thin up front behind starter Tom Compton.